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I’m Concerned I May Be Exposed To Mercury After My Amalgam Filling Broke. Should I Have The Remainder Removed Or Covered?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
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Hello, my good old amalgam filling just broke off. Having background in toxicology, I am pretty concerned about this situation. Looks like I have swallowed part of it, I rinsed off the rest. There is a residue of amalgam still in my tooth. Removing it can produce further exposure to mercury. Not sure if I am ready to part with my tooth either so my question is, if it makes sense to cover that cavity with composite filling, sealing the remaining amalgam? Can that be done without cleaning/scrubbing old amalgam in the cavity? Thank you.


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Dr Andrew Moore

Advance Dental Clinic
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My Teeth Don’t Show Properly When I Smile. I Would Like To Know What Treatment Will Fix This?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
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Hello Andrew, I have a problem with my smile, being that my teeth don’t really show when I smile. It is becoming a huge issue with me now and is having a big effect on my self confidence. I can’t smile openly in public without feeling everyone is looking at me and it is having a massive effect on my confidence. Can anything be done to help me with this issue? Would appreciate any advice as to whether there is something that can be done. Thank you.


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Dr Andrew Moore

Advance Dental Clinic
104 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JG
Web: www.advancedentalclinic.com Tel: 08443 87 87 88

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After I Had My Teeth Sand Blasted, They Feel Rough. Should I Have Them Polished Or Will It Damage The Enamel Further?

Friday, February 14th, 2014
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Hi, Dr Hughes. I hope you can help me. I had my teeth cleaned they used a sandblast to clean them. I did not have much staining but they said it is really good. Since I had it done my teeth feel very rough and not much shine on them any more I went back as my teeth looked very frosted, he polished the two top teeth up which now feel smooth an silky but all the sides of teeth still same feel rough and full of dirt which I never had before. Will I be better getting them polished up or has he damaged the enamel from the sandblast treatment I had done? Please help me with this, it’s really bugging me.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
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Will My Braces Need To Be Removed Prior To My Surgery?

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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Hi, Andrew, I’ve just had the Damon braces fitted and I am due to have an operation soon which I’m being put to sleep for and staying in hospital for one night. My question is, will the hospital still do my operation with the braces on? If not, will my orthodontist remove them prior to having the operation then put them back on after it? I’m really worried about this and would be grateful if you could help me as I hope I can still have the operation and not have to wait until I have finished my full treatment with the braces as I could have them on a year or more. Thank you.


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Dr Andrew Moore

Advance Dental Clinic
104 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JG
Web: www.advancedentalclinic.com Tel: 08443 87 87 88

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Do I Need A Softer Night Guard To Protect My Brand New Gorgeous Veneers?

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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Hello Dr Moore. Last year I had a hard acrylic night guard for my bottom set of teeth as I grind my teeth and recently I got my gorgeous upper veneers fitted.  My question is, should I continue to wear the hard mouth guard or get fitted for a softer one? I am concerned that my grinding against the hard plastic can wear down my new veneers.

I grind with my back teeth and not the front but it still worries me that the hard acrylic may harm my new teeth. Your help is much appreciated.


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Dr Andrew Moore

Advance Dental Clinic
104 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JG
Web: www.advancedentalclinic.com Tel: 08443 87 87 88

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I Have Suffered With A Sinus-Like Head Cold Ever Since My Sinus Lift Procedure. Will This Go Away?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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Hello Dr Hughes, I had a sinus uplift procedure 7 weeks ago which was successful. I had the stitches removed after 10 days and everything seems to be healing well. However I have suffered with a sinus-like head cold ever since the procedure, which is not improving after taking over the counter medicines. Is this problem linked to my procedure of just a coincidence? If it is linked, how long do I have to suffer with the symptoms? Am I likely to suffer with this problem for the foreseeable future? I do not usually tend to suffer with sinus related colds. I look forward to your reply. Thank you.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
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Despite My Good Oral Health Regime, I Still Suffer From The Problem Of Bad Breath, Is There Anything I Can Do?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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Hi Andrew, I’ve been suffering with bad breath for a long time now and I see the dentist every 4 months. They are happy of my cleaning, and the dentist suggested to me to carry with this cleaning method. I brush twice a day and clean my tongue by using an inter-dental brush.  I gargle with mouthwash but I still have this bad breath problem. Even with my dentist scaling my teeth every 4 months time and when I do that I feel little better but it is no solution. Please help me to sort out this problem. Thank you. I look forward to your advice.


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Dr Andrew Moore

Advance Dental Clinic
104 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JG
Web: www.advancedentalclinic.com Tel: 08443 87 87 88

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My Wisdom Tooth Hurts Really Bad But I’m Not Sure I Should Take A Painkiller As It May Cause Addiction. What Should I Do?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
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Hello Dr. Mark,

I am having some problems with my lower right wisdom tooth. It hurts really bad, but I also don’t want it to be extracted as I am working at the moment and I cannot take some days off – I am sure I will have to stay at home at least one week after the operation – so I bought a pain killer: Ibuprofen and Codeine (200mg / 12.8 mg tablets). In the description it says that I cannot take it more than 3 days (2 at a time and three times a day) as it might cause addiction. Should I still use it? I would appreciate your help. Regards.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
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I Seem To Have Chipped My Tooth And It Hurts My Tongue As It Has A Sharp Edge. Will I Need Surgery?

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
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I seem to have chipped my tooth. When I run my tongue over, it has a real sharp edge and it makes my tongue sore. Will I need surgery or will it eventually smooth itself out? Just a concern that I wanted to ask you personally. Can I smooth it out by using something or just leave it? Can I buy anything from the chemist for a chipped tooth? Can there be an long-lasting damage to my tooth? Or could there be a concern it will it just smooth itself out in time? Hope it won’t need hospital treatment. Thank you for helping me out with this.


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Dr Andrew Moore

Advance Dental Clinic
104 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JG
Web: www.advancedentalclinic.com Tel: 08443 87 87 88

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I’ve Been Checked Over Recently And Since Then I Noticed One Of My Gums Was A Blueish, Grey Colour. What Has Caused This?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
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Hi Mark,
I’ve just been to the dentist to get my teeth checked and cleaned. No apparent issues. I noticed since then one of gums is a really blueish, grey colour.
It was a little off colour after I got a veneer years ago but seemed to improve now it’s really noticeable and I feel really embarrassed over it. I don’t smoke and if it was gum disease, surely my dentist would have told me. What should I do? Do you know what could be causing this? Thanks.
Kind regards.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
Web: www.harleystreetdentalstudio.com Tel: 020 7636 5981

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