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Should I get legal recourse for dental treatments I am unhappy with?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
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Dear Dr Caplan, About 18 months ago I had two lower molars filled with Cerec inlays. One has been absolutely fine, but the other snapped in half after 7 months. My dentist replaced this with a second inlay, which snapped after 5 months. I suspected at that time that it indicated a problem with the inlay treatment, but rather than removing the inlay altogether and arranging a crown or onlay, my dentist chose to leave the greater portion of the inlay in situ and build a layered filling in the remaining cavity, free of charge. Shortly after this, I began to experience acute pain when the tooth came into contact with liquids, even of room temperature. I reported this to my dentist on an ongoing basis over 18 months, but he was unable to locate any obvious cause, even under x-ray, and attributed the pain to general sensitivity stemming from gum recession. I queried the integrity of the restorations repeatedly, and even other members of his practice hinted that if I was having such problems the restorations needed examination, but my dentist was unwilling to consider this option. In September, the tooth became extremely painful and infected and I was told I needed root canal treatment. The specialist I was referred to thought it better to try to clean and save the tooth, but that treatment appears to have been ineffective. Having paid £350 for the initial inlay, and a further £275 for the specialist’s “investigations”, I’m now facing root canal treatment at £600 and the cost of the subsequent crown. I’m really unhappy with the situation because I believe that with different treatment at an earlier stage, the death of the nerve could have been avoided. My dentist knows that I’m not convinced that this tooth has been treated correctly, but is suggesting that teeth can just die….. Should the dentist’s opinion always outweigh the patient’s opinion? How can I approach my dentist to secure treatment on a basis which we both consider fair? Should I simply change my dentist and have the work completed elsewhere? And finally, should I consider legal recourse to reclaim these costs if I can’t reach a compromise with my current dentist? It’s so difficult to challenge members of the medical profession, I really need some advice.,

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Dr Julian Caplan – Director on the board of the BACD

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Which is the best dental practice to get my teeth whitened?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
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What dental practice would you recommend i get my teeth whitened at in london? i woul like to go somewhere i can trust to not damge my teeth and to get good results? what tooth whitening is recommended?


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Dr Julian Caplan – Director on the board of the BACD

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What would be the cost of treatment crown whitening cleaning

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
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I have been a sufferer of bulimia nervosa for about 8 years now and have suffered very severe enamel erosion as a result of it – I haven’t been to see the dentist in a long time because I know my mouth is a disaster area and until I have managed to recover I don’t want any dental work done that I might later wreck again. I imagine my mouth is full of cavities etc so that will have to be treated and I was also wondering what the cost of cosmetic treatment would be? At the very least I would guess I need crowns on upper front teeth (front 6 at least) because they are transparant at the edges – every tooth in my mouth has a greyish discolouring where my teeth are turning transparant at the tips and are mostly yellow everywhere else so I will most likely need cleaning and whitening too. Could you estimate the cost of this treatment? Is treatment even possible do you recon? Thank you for your time.


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Dr Julian Caplan – Director on the board of the BACD

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I m 20 Will I be missing two teeth as they hv turned black?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
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Yesterday my two front lower teeth moved and when i got home i notice their where turning black from the bottom and is soo weird because my teeth are healthy soo my question is am i going to be a 20 year girl missing two teeth?:(


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Dr Justin Glaister

Umbrella
11 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PF
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Could you plz advice on an estimated timeline for treatment

Monday, October 12th, 2009
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Dear Dr Glaister, I consulted your site in 2006 and was delighted with your speedy and informative response, therefore, now that I have saved enough money to pay for the dental work that I need, I hope you will be able to help me once again. I decided to send my qustions to yourself as i understand you have great experience with cosmetic surgery and feel my question slighlty steps over the line from required treatment to cosmic treatment. From the start I should say that during childhood and my early teenage years I neglected my teeth insofar as I didn’t brush them at all; I didn’t even go to the dentist until I was seventeen. Four years on from my first visit and I have finally found a dentist who actually seems like he wants to help rather than inform me that I should have looked after them when I was younger in a patronising yet cheerful tone as my previous dentist often did. I have been going there for around six months now and as such my check up is due. When I visit at the end of this month there are a few things I will be asking the dentist, but thought I would get your opinions first: One thing I noticed since I first started going to the dentist is that after I had received all the necessary treatment, a few weeks later I would need to go back to the dentist after experiencing tooth pain, only to find I need another filling, and also by the time my next check up was due, I needed a whole host of work. Even though I brush my teeth twice a day with Colgate total and use Cordosyl daily (as recommended by my dentist) my teeth still seem to be going from worse to worse every few months, or in some cases weeks, and have been for the last few years. To the stage where I am sure the next time I go I will be told I have gum disease as lately my breath has an unpleasant odour and one of my teeth has started to hurt; a pain that I can only describe as being inside the tooth, yet not part of the tooth but rather up inside the gum. This is the main factor that I am holding back from spending my life savings on private treatment, i.e. crowns/bridges. Insofar as I do not want to spend every penny I have if the teeth the crowns are fixed to will still be rotting away underneath and thus the crowns fall out and I have wasted my money and am left with small stumps for teeth and no money to fix the situation. So could you please advise me as to whether it is possible for the teeth to still rot away underneath the crowns? Or if, once treated the gum disease is likely to cause problems for the crowns/bridges? I understand that you obviously cannot comment on me specifically, and even if you could, would need to examine my mouth before answering, but I am asking, based on the information provided, i.e. teeth keep decaying and worsening even with proper care and attention, is it possible and if it is how likely, that the teeth and will rot away underneath and cause the crown to fall out. Could you also please advise; on an estimated timeline from the start to the finish of treatment, detailing what procedures are involved. I am looking to have sixteen teeth fixed and would greatly appreciate your advise, because as you can imagine with my current smile of autumnal colours I have no confidence and do not even want to go to job interviews or out with friends as my teeth become the focal point for everyone, and there is only so much abuse and embarrassment you can take. Even going to the dentist themselves has become a struggle as I feel as though everyone must be talking about me, as I am told I have the worst teeth he has seen in someone my age. Plus it has now become a practical decision, in that even eating is now becoming more of a challenge as hot and cold foods and drinks seem to aggravate different teeth on different days as and when they desire. If you think having crowns would be a bad idea as it is the likelihood that the teeth will indeed continue to decay underneath, is their anything you could advise as an alternative as I don’t really know what to do. I have a budget of £8000 and obviously cannot afford to have implants. Also, it is the upper and lower front four teeth on the left and the right that I want the work to be carried out on. Thank you for your help, I hope to hear from you soon.


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Dr Justin Glaister

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What would be the treatment for having invisible braces?

Monday, October 12th, 2009
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Hi dr rob…. I am now 27 and had a number of removable braces from the age of 14-16 than a fixed brace from 16 till I was nearly 19. I was really happy with the results, but shortly after having this removed my bottom teeth all crossed over again. I did visit my orthodontist about this but told ne at the time all they could do would be to file each tooth down then put a fixed brace on again. I was concerned about the health of my teeth filing them so did not go ahead. Since I have remained unhappy with my teeth but thought there was nothing that could be done, until I heard recently about invisable braces. I would like to look into this but feel that as the job wasn’t done properly in the first place that to pay for this now would be unfair. My top teeth have now also moved since I have a wisdom tooth coming through, and now I am feeling unhappy with these also. I was also told I would never get any wisdom teeth!! What would be your suggestion for how I go treatment from here?? Kind regards


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Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
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Is there anything that can be done to fix discoloured teeth?

Monday, October 12th, 2009
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Hi there, the other week my little boy who is 2 feel and burst his lip and he ha damaged the nerve on his frount tooth. I took him to the dentist and she told me there is nothing she can do with it, but i really need help my wee boy does modeling and with his tooth that colour he cant do it any more. Please can u help my i am willing to pay anything or do anything to get this fixed the tooth isnt chipped or anything its just grey. Is there absoloutley anything that can be done to fix this at anycost. Thank you


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Dr Justin Glaister

Umbrella
11 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PF
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What can be done to make my teeth healthier?

Sunday, October 11th, 2009
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Hi, I was wondering if there is anything that can be done to make your teeth healthier if they are not as healthy as they should be? I know the normal flossing, brushing, healthy eating and mouthwash but can i be doing anything more? I am terrified of dentists and have recently been for a checkup after about 10 years of not going. My teeth are not too bad, i have been told but i have a wisdom tooth that needs to come out( which has just broken on me). I have also had a filling fall out a few years ago but due to my fear did not get it sorted out but now the dentist says that the gum has grown up though the whole. My dentist says that it has to be removed but when i went for the xrays the dentist at the hospital said that i could have a rootcanal instead which would save the tooth. Apart from the gum thing the tooth is healthy and the roots and centre of the tooth are absolutely fine. How will a root canal help the gum issue? Thank you for taking the time to reply.


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Dr Justin Glaister

Umbrella
11 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PF
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Is there a special cleaner for porcelain denture?

Sunday, October 11th, 2009
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Hello Justin, I have recently had a porcelain denture made and find that the usual cleaner, ie steradent, does not clean as well as with acrylic denture. Is there a special cleaner for porcelain please? Thank you


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Dr Justin Glaister

Umbrella
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I had bulimia Will the yellow marks disappear by teeth whitening?

Sunday, October 11th, 2009
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Hello I had bulimia in the past and my teeth are heavily damaged, the front teeth especially have lost enamel and left ugly yellow marks that brings down my confidence. I am considering teeth whitening. Would this make the yellow marks disappear? Thank you for your time


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Dr Riten Patel

The Mulberry
18 Ashley Road, Walton on Thames Surrey, KT12 1HS
Web: www.mulberrydental.co.uk Tel: 01932 223 479

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