Interesting Dental Case with Significant Medical History

MEDICAL HISTORY  I recently had a patient return to my office after 12 years. At that time he needed and was treated for a deep periodontal cleaning.  Shortly thereafter he moved. Now in his late 50’s he returns to my office.  He has had HIV for some time, but he was diagnosed with a Stage 4 bone cancer which seems to be in remission.   DENTAL CONDITION However his dental...

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Did the dentist get all the decay out of my tooth?

Did the dentist get all the decay out of my tooth?   On occasion a new patient will arrive to my office with decay around or under a filling that was done years earlier.  They will need a new filling or a crown.  The usual question is: ‘Did the last dentist leave some decay in the tooth?’   It can be tricky for the dentist to get all of the decay out of a tooth....

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TOOLS FOR DIAGNOSING DECAY

Tools for Diagnosing Decay   Back in the day, the dentist would look at your x-rays and inspect your mouth along with a dental mirror and a dental explorer (an instrument that used to pick at your teeth looking for soft spots). Later studies have shown that the dental explorer is not a very accurate method for decay diagnosis even though it is used today by nearly all dentists. One...

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