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Implants - It's all so expensive, why?
Dental Professional 13/12/2005 12:00 am
The costs of most treatments are quite high, especially with implants as the components and technology used are very expensive.  It must be remembered that a treatment involves the dental surgeon, his/her nurse and a receptionist, as well as a manager.  There is the machinery, which is advanced and expensive that needs continual updating and (more)
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Category · Crowns
Are all crowns, veneers, and bridges basically the same quality and what are they made of?
Dental Professional 10/05/2006 12:00 am
The descriptions of various methods of making a crown using different materials are made based on the assumption that qualified, skilled technicians use the latest technology and microscopes. This ensures that, functionally, the crown being made has a perfect fit to the model and works well within all movements of the lower jaw in relation (more)
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Category · Crowns
How can alterations in my teeth enhance my smile?
Dental Professional 04/05/2007 12:00 am
There are several books you can look at.  'Change Your Smile' by Ronald E Goldstein DDS (Quintessance) can be bought from Amazon - it is full of amazing photos of before and after every type of treatment, showing what is possible.  Amazon has lots of other titles which we have not looked at:-  The Perfect (more)
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Category · Tooth Whitening
At what time during the treatment plan, do I undertake tooth whitening if I am going to have crowns made?
Dental Professional 10/05/2006 12:00 am
At least a month beforehand if using the tray method at home (which can take up to two weeks) You should allow two weeks if having them laser whitened. It takes at least two weeks for teeth to rehydrate and stabilise their colour after bleaching.  When this time has elapsed a shade or colour match (more)
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Category · Chromes Dentures
Why a chrome denture?
Dental Professional 13/12/2005 12:00 am
This is a cheaper, short-term option to more expensive implants and bridges and preferable to having a plastic partial denture which can be more cumbersome, thicker and more uncomfortable.     
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Category · Chromes Dentures
My dentist recommends a chrome denture?  What is it please and why chrome?
Dental Professional 10/05/2006 12:00 am
This is a cheaper, short-term option to more expensive implants and bridges and preferable to having a plastic partial denture which can be more cumbersome, thicker and more uncomfortable.    
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Category · Composite
I have composite fillings but they are discolouring. Should this happen and can I have fillings that won't discolour?
Dental Professional 10/05/2006 12:00 am
This can happen more easily when composites are not finished properly.  Once they are discoloured, there is no alternative but to live with them or have them replaced, depending upon the advice of your dentist.  Older composites tended to do this more than the more modern ones.  The dentist will need to polish really well (more)
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I have one tooth missing.  What is the best long-term option if finances permit?
Dental Professional 13/12/2005 12:00 am
If money isn't a question and you have enough bone, have an implant.  If you compare a 3 unit bridge to an implant, you have 3 times the number of crowns (3x).  To have an implant, you have the cost of the implant plus 1 crown (1x).  You are dividing your risk potential by 3.  (more)
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Category · Crowns
My dentist has recommended I have certain teeth crowned.  This is going to be costly so I should like to have another opinion as to why this might be necessary?
Dental Professional 10/05/2006 12:00 am
First and foremost for strength. We age and the repairs often carried out on back teeth, for reasons of childhood decay, begin to break down. Teeth need to be strong enough to cope with forces of chewing and grinding. The best repair is often a crown.  It can be that strong. Crowns can be made (more)
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Category · Crowns
How long can crown and bridgework last or, to put it another way, how often would it need to be replaced, if at all?
Dental Professional 10/05/2006 12:00 am
If you are not concerned about the look, you need to think about the potential of decay, as quite often it is very difficult for an X-ray machine to see under your crowns.  Maybe, a routine replacement at whatever cost would be the answer.  The other side to the argument is that the more you (more)