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Category · Gums
How can you stop deterioration of the gums and loosening of teeth despite cleaning appropriately and using Corsodyl, as recommended by my dentist? Is it simply a case that this deterioration is a sympton of getting older? Are there better mouthwashes than Corsodyl? Are there better gels than Gengigel?
Dental Professional 08/05/2006 12:00 am
It's a good question, and if I'm recklessly honest one that may not have a practical solution. Theoretically, if we remove all plaque from our teeth every 24 hours we won't get gum disease, but sometimes the anatomy of our teeth make that a very difficult aim to achieve, especially with pre-existing disease. I have (more)
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Category · NHS
On Sunday 15/01/2012 I had toothache, this toothache emanated from underneath a gold crown at the top right side of my mouth. This continued throughout the day & night and as a result I attended my NHS Dentist on Monday 16/01/2012. She examined & X-Rayed the tooth & determined that there was a minor infection in the root of the tooth beneath the gold crown. I asked for Antibiotics to remove the infection because it was causin...
Dental Professional 23/06/2011 12:00 am
I would go to the General Dental Council and take this up with your local NP . Changes need to happen within the system and people like you need to make it happen .
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Category · Composite
My dentist talks a lot about composite  What is it made of and how strong is it?
Dental Professional 10/05/2006 12:00 am
Composite is more flexible than porcelain.  This means that in many ways and situations, it is stronger as it is not brittle. It is softer, meaning that it is much gentler on your opposing natural teeth than porcelain.  (It will still need underlying support as with porcelain in certain situations). 
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Category · Crowns
Hi, I was one of the many children treated by the NHS and given tetracycline which discoloured my teeth. I am 49 years old, with 12 old crowns ( now discoloured with a little gum recession). The overall look of my téeth has affected my confidence socially. My dentist says that I can't replace because of possible complications ( root canal etc). Am I stuck with these dreadful teeth or is there anything I can do to improve them?...
Dental Professional 05/03/2018 12:00 am
Hi Pauline it is possible to replace these carefully with the right technology or team www.ceramiccentre.com
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Category · Crowns
Should there be a ledge between my crown and the gum?
Dental Professional 13/12/2005 12:00 am
The margin where the crown meets the tooth should have no ledge. If not trimmed back and made smooth, harmful bacteria are harboured here, if not kept clean. Bacteria can lead to decay and periodontal disease, so correct brushing at the gum line with daily flossing as described by the dental hygienist in your dental (more)
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Category · Orthodontics
I'm looking for a dentist in the Uk who is familiar with re opening extraction spaces and is familiar with the work of http://www.facefocused.com/ReOpen.html. Many thanks, Nick
Dental Professional 04/10/2013 12:00 am
You will find this hard to find , you will need to describe the treatment you want at any high street consultant and express you needs and remember to talk about wanting your occlusion to be right , so that means ,teeth end up working properly.Read up about occlusion on this site in the occlusion (more)
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Category · Crowns
I just had a temporary crown fitted on my front tooth and it has made the gap between my teeth wider and squinter, will this be corrected when my real crown is fitted? I'm getting a full porcelain crown in 2 weeks.
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Category · Gold Crowns
Hi I've just had a replacement gold crown fitted to a lower molar, privately (£635), and have raised, with the dentist, the issue of, what I consider to be, excessive scratches on the surface of this new gold crown. These scratches, which are visible on the outer surface, occurred when the dentist was scratching, and scraping off the excessive bonding agent, which had stuck to the crown, during fitting. The dentist's response,...
Dental Professional 08/02/2013 12:00 am
Dear John, Is is normal to have to scrape away modern cements used to bond crowns to teeth. These materials are designed to stick to the teeth, set very quick and have a tendency to be difficult to remove. Gold is soft and will scratch. It can be re-polished if significant or if it will (more)
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Category · Gold Crowns
Hi, I have had a full gold cap put in my front tooth 9 years ago and now sometimes when I brush that area the gum bleeds. The tooth underneath was filled down so the cap could fit on top I wanted to know it is possible to get the cap removed and have a white one put on instead. Also, would it be covered with NHS.
Dental Professional 23/06/2011 12:00 am
Hi Amelia Yes it is almost certainly feasible to change your crown for a white ceramic one. You should discuss the situation with your NHS dentist who will let you know if he can do it under NHS regulations - it may well be possible. Regards, Michael Lowdell
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Category · Crowns
Recently a 5 year old porcelain crown ( lower back) broke off while I was eating. It couldn't be replaced due to the fact some tooth and filling had broken off with it. The dentist told me that I would need a new crown, with posts and root filling. He told me to keep the broken crown safe so I could show the new dentist about to take over the practice for colour matching. He showed me xrays of the roots, said they were good an...