Posted by: New Tech | 2005/11/17


New Tech

Hi Doc
Question 1:
We have been told that there is a new and inexpensive technology coming from overseas where missing teeth can be replaced other than with expensive crowns etc. Apparently artificial teeth (for lack of the correct word) are attached to a plate which is then glued/attached to the back of the teeth alongside the missing ones. Is this true or a lot of nonsense? I am writing on behalf of someone that needs extensive work done from a health and aesthetic point of view. Where else to do you go to that students can work on the teeth including fancy dentistry, other than Tygerberg. The waiting list there is endless. Obviously somewhere reputable where you can pay less than going to a private practice?

Question 2:
I am blessed with a set of beautiful teeth, however one of the front ones keeps chipping on the bottom right-hand side. I've had the chip repaired 3x times now, as it noticeable. Is there some way that it can be permanently sorted? According to the dentist I go to there isn't other than a full crown. The tooth is otherwise fine and not painful.

Thanks & regards

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

1). This proceudre can be done but is usually for an emergency and does not last for a long time. Sorry I am not familiar with the Cape area. Contact the Dental Association: 011-484-5288

2) A veneer is another opton- ask your dentist to explain this to you.

Good luck

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