Tax windfall relieves toothache

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A REALLY bad toothache sent Gail Ball back to the dentist after a 12-year hiatus.

And for her nothing had changed.

"You still get needles and fillings,'' she said.

"I wasn't frightened to come to the dentist.

"I was more frightened of what he would say.''

Gail said a small windfall with her tax refund meant she could afford to make the trip to the dentist.

"It took four sessions to have all the work completed.

"I had to have 10 fillings, four of which were major jobs.

"The great thing was only a couple of the fillings were painful.''

Dentist Patrick Dohring at the Windmill Centre said a lot of advances in dental technologies were making the job easier and more interesting.

"Unfortunately though, most of these changes wouldn't be noticed by the patient,'' he said.

Such things as lasers being used for bleaching teeth and new filling materials are some of the advances in dental technology.

"Technology is working towards restoring a more lifelike appearance to repair work done on our teeth,'' Dr Dohring said.

"It is refining our current techniques to make them more efficient.

"For instance, we now have a computer program that allows us to scan a tooth that requires a crown rather than take an impression as in the old days.

"The computer then whips up a crown in about half an hour and we can place the crown on the tooth and the patient has the problem fixed in one visit.''

Dr Dohring said Gladstone dental practices were well set up and on a par with the rest of the country.



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