When and why does a dentist recommend a crown for a tooth. It is important to fully understand the rationale for the recommendation that a tooth be crowned. Like fillings, crowns ‘restore’ the integrity of a tooth after it has been damaged either by trauma or disease (e.g. decay). There will be times when the […] Read more ›
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Years ago, it was established procedure that many people went for dental check-ups and hygiene regularly every six months. This seems to have become less common in recent years. Why? Generally dental health has improved quite significantly over the last twenty years and people seem to need less ‘routine’ dentistry. That assertion needs to be […] Read more ›
In the ‘old days’, if a tooth or teeth needed to look very different, dentists would invariably crown it. That requires the removal of at least 1.00 – 1.50mm of external tooth all the way round the tooth crown; a substantial amount. Since the advent of ‘bonding’ technology (basically the ability to ‘glue’ material to […] Read more ›
What are the commonest causes of a toothache? Toothache is almost always the result of ‘bacterial invasion’ into either the hard or soft tissue of the mouths. It is almost always caused by bacterial invasion of the teeth or gums. The problem is that by the time a patient perceives or becomes aware of having […] Read more ›
Gum disease and overall health How many of you expect to be asked by your doctor about the health of your teeth and gums? I’ve been a GP for nearly 20 years and when I ask my patients about the state of their teeth and gums as part of their general medical history they […] Read more ›
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