Free Dentistry

If you’re in dental pain and have no money, is there a place to get free dentistry?

Anonymous

To answer your question, there are free dental clinics. However, it will be hard to get in to one right away. They’re generally set on certain days. I would call your local dental association and ask what days they’re running the clinic. If it is in the next few days you may be able to hang in there until then.  If it isn’t, you’re going to want to get seen as soon as possible.

There are emergency dentists who would be sympathetic to your situation. They will at least be able to get you out of pain and then you could get further treatment at the free clinic.  Many of them have payment plans. Some of them are even zero interest.

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My crown is staining

I have two crowns on my upper arch toward the front of my smile. They looked fine until a few weeks ago. Now they’re dull and they are becoming stained. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

Nancy- Boston

Nancy,

It sounds to me like your hygienist used a prophy jet or something similar on it during your last cleaning. Were they aware that you had crowns on your teeth? If so, they weren’t very competent in how they handled your cleaning. That will take the glaze off your crown.

It is possible to restore it with a diamond polish. If your dentist doesn’t already know the procedure then I would go to a dentist more familiar with cosmetic procedures and care.

Once you get these restored, make sure your new hygienist is aware they cannot be cleaned with a power polishing spray.

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