Search Site :              

    
 
image
image


choosing dentists

August 21st, 2012
Q.

I had a check up with a new dentist, who said i needed work on 8-9 teeth, including a root canal, and re-doing some crowns and fillings which were 'leaking'. I got a second opinion from another dentist, who said I only needed work on 2 teeth, and a root canal may or may not be required. The quality of xrays and the general feel of the practice looked better at the first dentist - but the very different diagnosis' has left me not knowing where to turn.

A.

This is not an uncommon situation as dentistry is not black and white in the question of whether a filling should be done or not. Old fillings are often monitored or have a 'watch' put on them if the have a ledge, overhang, poor contact, are out of the bite or have slight leakage around the edges. One dentist may view this as acceptable whereas another may not. My premise with decision making as a Dentist is "Would I personally want to accept or change this filling if it was in my mouth?". I set high standards so would probably have erred on the side of the more fillings. I would ask the first dentist if he can show you what is wrong with all theses teeth using an intra oral camera and where is the evidence on the X-rays? Seeing is believing and often patients are aware their teeth have poor old restorations in them as the can feel the edges, ledges, sharp bits, poor biting and food trapping. I hope this helps

Andre Hedger


Web: www.openwide.biz
Tel: 01372 457959

View My Profile
Andre Hedger

 






image


image

Ask An Expert:
Slideshow Image 1


image
©Copyright 2012 The Good Dentist Guide All Rights Reserved
For more information feel free to Contact Us

Create new account Riverside Creative Design & Hosting
©Site Design 2012