Failed (or failing) dentistry
Our experience as dentists in London City EC4 tells us that for long-term success in restorative dentistry three factors are required: the skill and technique of the dentist, the quality of the materials and the ongoing care invested by the dentist and the patient.
Failed dental material
When dental restorations are made with high quality materials, they generally provide years of good service. But this raises the treatment cost. What if cut-rate dentistry has been done with cheaper materials? They look fine to begin with but deteriorate more rapidly over time. Not infrequently the ‘wrong’ material for the purpose is selected – perhaps for cost-cutting reasons.
Failed dental care
Every dentist has to set personal standards during treatment and decide how much time to devote to every patient. Sometimes the circumstances don’t allow for an adequate time allocation and so certain corners are cut during treatment. Rushed dentistry is often poor dentistry. The patient may not discover this until years later, when a serious problem suddenly rises to the surface. A significant percentage of a dentist’s work may involve repairing faults that other dentists have made before.
The dentists at CAP City Dental in the EC4 City of London area ensure that every treatment has adequate time and preparation so that it delivered long-term benefit.
Failed teeth, gums and bone
The anatomy of the tooth (the thickness of the enamel walls around the pulp) allows for only a certain amount of dental restoration before the walls collapse through age or weakness. A well-filled tooth may fracture because the remaining enamel can no longer support it. In some cases, the enamel is also weak or more prone to decay. All these reasons can lead to dental failures.
Gums and the underlying bone that supports teeth can break down, usually by receding. There’s less support for the tooth roots. Sometimes the cause is a medical problem but far more often it’s due to neglect in dental hygiene. There are even cases where a patient comes for a ‘quick’ check-up or cleaning and the signs of dental problems are missed. If you smoke, you reduce oral health by reducing blood flow to gums and bone in your mouth.
Safeguarding dental health is a partnership
CAP City Dental, your dentists in the London EC4 area, view your continued dental health as a partnership. You need to maintain a good state of dental health and your dentist needs to check all areas of the mouth methodically and with optical magnification.
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