Archive for the ‘general dentistry’ Category

How Can I Sort Out the Surface Scratch On My Tooth?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
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Hi. I noticed a faint surface scratch on my front tooth. I’m panicking that it’s going to crack or something. Is this normal? It’s hardly visible and  it’s very faint. Could any toothpaste help or could it strengthen and disappear on it’s own? Also, someone told me that it could just be a natural line of the tooth. I’m very conscious of my teeth so hopefully I’m just worrying about nothing. I hope you can put my mind at rest. Thanks. 


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
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What Advice Can You Give to An Aspiring Dentist?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
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I am currently in Year 12 at sixth form at Smestow Sports College. I have always had a passionate interest in dentistry and in particular, cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontics. Currently at A level I am studying biology, chemistry, maths and also French. I have started to look into universities for next year. Where did you study dentistry and is there any advice you can give me with regards to this career path, and also specialising? 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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The Enamel on My Teeth Is Wearing Away. What Can Be Done?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
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Hi, I have a partial denture on my top front teeth but the enamel on my bottom front teeth is wearing away. They don’t look nice and I’m afraid I’m going to lose them. Is there anything I can do to A) make them look better and B) stop myself from losing them? I go to my dentist every three months as I’m on medication that can harm your teeth, but she has never advised me that I can do anything about the problem.Thank you.


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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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How Can I Stop the Pain in my Tooth?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
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Good evening. I have had a lot of trouble with two of my teeth. I kept getting bad infections. My dentist took the tooth out and gave me a bridge. Once again, two days after I had pus leaking from the tooth with the bridge. After a course of antibiotics my dentist removed the bridge and took out the root which was very smelly and infected and gushed with blood. He had to put a stitch in to stop the bleeding and then put the new plate over the top. I’m in so much pain. He told me to take it out this morning and clean and put it back in. Please can you help me? My next appointment is not until a fortnight’s time. Regards.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
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I Have a Painful Lump in My Mouth, What Should I Do?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
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I have a lump inside my mouth on the lower gum on my jaw. It feels really strange when I talk, eat and smile. It’s quite painful. The pain feels like shooting pains in a way. It also hurts if I bend my head to the left (the side the lump is on). Please help me, what should I do? I’m really worried in case it is a gum infection or cancer because I am young. I only found the lump 10 minutes ago but as soon I started having lunch the pain started. 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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What Treatment is Available for Receded Gums?

Monday, March 16th, 2015
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I have receded gums and have gaps in my teeth where the gum has receded. Can you suggest any treatment for this please? I also have grey fillings, can these be replaced with white ones and how much would the cost be? And can I get this done at my own dentist or will I need to see a cosmetic dentist? I am really in need of something done as it’s so depressing because I am worried I might lose all my teeth because of this problem. I am 55 years old. Many thanks, I hope you can help.


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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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Why Is My Tooth Hurting So Much?

Friday, March 6th, 2015
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Hi. Earlier this week I had a bad tooth ache so I went to the dental practice and I was told I have to have a tooth removed. I explained to the woman that the pain was constant and I couldn’t lay on the side of my face so she gave me amoxicillin to take for a week. As time has gone on the pain has got worse, and there’s swelling as the tooth is hurting my jaw and is starting to ache. I also have a sharp shooting pain down my whole gum the left side. So the question I wanted to ask was why? My jaw started to hurt and why is the pain spreading down my whole gum?


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
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Can Healthy Teeth be Taken Out?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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I have had a very expensive bridge attached to a tooth which twice developed an infection/abscess. It cost £1000+. It’s all gone wrong and I didn’t even have it for a year. So now I have another tooth, 4th from the front at the top. It is crumbling and sharp/jagged, the opposite number of the now big gap. I have a teaching role and work in media/sports, so my smile is very important, hence the investment in the failed bridge. My question is: I have six front upper teeth, my lower teeth are sharp, jagged, worn out and crumbling. At what point can I insist that I can have my upper teeth removed to facilitate a top denture? My dentist says he cannot take out healthy teeth or he would be struck off. Your comments would be appreciated.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
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What Supplements Can I Take for Stronger Bone and Gum Health?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Hi Dr Hughes. I have always looked after my teeth but have been told that genetics play a big part in all my dental problems. Are there any supplements apart from vitamin D and magnesium that would help me to create stronger bone and gum health? My problems are mainly gum ones even though I floss, use fluoride toothpaste and brush 3 times a day. I am 47 years old and have had 4 gum infections, three root canals and 5 crowns in the last 10 years. I go for regular cleaning etc. every 3 months. All my family have teeth problems and that is why the dentist thinks it’s genetic. My gums never look healthy even though I work really hard to keep them clean. Thank you. 


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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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Why Is My Tooth in So Much Pain?

Friday, January 30th, 2015
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About a year ago I had a filling replaced. When the numbness wore off I suffered intense shooting pains in that tooth. The dentist filed it off, telling me he’d left one corner too high. But it did not work. So they told me it was the new white filling and replaced it. I still had the pain. So they decided that when they’d replaced the filling, they must have opened a nerve ending. I had root canal done, but still suffered the pain. I went back and had a second root canal, which stopped the intense shooting pain, but has left the tooth extremely sensitive to heat. I can’t eat or drink anything over body temperature on that tooth. Cold temperatures give me a similar problem. It’s not sore while I’m eating, but when it warms up again that’s when I feel it. It feels like it’s deep in my tooth, not just a surface pain, and extremely sore, like a dull ache, not sharp or shooting. They gave me antibiotics and a mouth guard, telling me I grind my teeth, but 6 months use of the guard and I still have the same level of ache. Do you have any idea why this might be? I’ve lost all confidence in the dentist, as before the original replacement filling, I had no pain what so ever. I feel they caused this.


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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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