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Category · Tooth Whitening
Does tooth whitening make your teeth more sensitive?
Dental Professional 10/05/2006 12:00 am
In the event of sensitivity for any reason, there is a product available through your dentist called GC Tooth Mousse - ask your dentist.
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Category · Chromes Dentures
Why must I have new dentures as often as my dentist suggests?
Dental Professional 13/12/2005 12:00 am
Since dentures sit on top of the gum, there is continuous shrinkage of the jaw bone, as the bone is not being supported and only compressed.  The fit of the denture changes, resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures.  When slipping and rocking occurs, bone loss accelerates and existing teeth can loosen.  Exposed nerves (more)
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Category · Colour Matching
I want to replace one of my two crowns at the front due to the gap between the gum and the crown.  I understand the gap is caused by shrinkage of the gum.  What guarantee is there of a perfect match if I have it replaced without replacing the other perfectly good crown.
Dental Professional 14/06/2008 12:00 am
If the original prescription of colour still exists and the lab that made it is still manufacturing and the same dentist is being used, then there is a good chance that all can be matched again precisely.  If not, with the latest technology, this problem can be easily overcome using colour measurement guns and digital (more)
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What are the costs of crowns/caps?
Dental Professional 13/12/2005 12:00 am
Charged within dentists own charges, crowns can cost between £200 and £1500 or even more, depending upon the materials chosen, the dental artist used, not to mention the dentists experience. As crowns are so small, it is difficult to comprehend the differences between them.  Invariably, the ratio of life-expectancy of crowns is directly proportional to their (more)
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Category · Crowns
Why a crown?
Dental Professional 13/12/2005 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
I had my crown fitted and the tissue is still inflamed.  Should I go back to my dentist?
Dental Professional 14/06/2008 12:00 am
It can be because your crown goes too close to your bone, its edge being deep under the tissue. This can cause a problem.  The only solution in this instance would be to lower the bone level surgically.  It could also be a bite issue as your crown is being hit more often than in (more)
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Category · Laboratory
Is the dentist's choice of laboratory important?
Dental Professional 14/06/2008 12:00 am
The descriptions and general references to various methods of making crowns,  using different materials all assume that crowns made are done so by qualified, skilled technicians.  Using the latest technology and microscopes ensures that functionally the crown being made has a perfect fit to the model and works well within all movements of the lower (more)
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Category · Implants
I have teeth missing at the back of my mouth on both sides.  I am thinking about getting bridges.  Since I had these teeth missing, the gap between my two front teeth seems to be bigger.  Is it possible to move these teeth orthodontically before I have my bridges made?
Dental Professional 13/12/2005 12:00 am
Ask your dentist to ensure that you have no discomfort or clicks in your jaws.  If your teeth are virginal it is better to have implants,  as implants always result in a reduced repair statistic, as there will only be one tooth not three potential crowns.  Yes, definitely move your two front teeth orthodontically.  If (more)
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Category · Chromes Dentures
Am I too old at 80 to have an implant if I have dentures?
Dental Professional 09/05/2007 12:00 am
No, you are not.  Implants are a wonderful way of stabilising dentures. As long as you are in good health, have sufficient bone and do not have any specific medical conditions that prevent implant placement, there is no reason not to consider them. The oldest patient I have placed an implant for was 85 at (more)
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Category · Colour Matching
My new crown was very expensive but still looks a little different in colour to the original teeth in different lights.  Should it not look the same as the others?
Dental Professional 14/06/2008 12:00 am
Whole text-books have been written on the subject. There are digital machines which measure the average colour of teeth, and will give a technician a prescription for matching porcelains, but the best results are achieved by letting the patient visit the technician for colour matching, or by taking a digital photograph with a graded colour (more)