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Puppy has a 3D-printed tooth fitted

 A puppy that became depressed after a damaged tooth made it painful for her to eat has been given a new lease on life after her broken front tooth was replaced with one that was built using a 3D printer. Hanna, a 15-month-old Labrador retriever broke her tooth chewing on a bone and the pain of the injury prevented her from eating, according to MailOnline.

Thanks to a team of Brazilian dentists, Hanna can now eat normally and is getting back to her old self after they built her a tooth using the newest forms of 3D printing technology. The team of dentists and scientists from the University of Santos created the tooth by making a mould of the dogs jaw and then producing a digital prosthetic.

3D design specialist, Cicero Moraes, said that the new tooth would be ‘tougher’ than the natural tooth and added that this was the smallest thing he had so far designed using this cutting edge technique. Dentist Roberto Fecchio said that Hanna recovered very quickly and before long she was back to her normal routine. However, he added that she should avoid putting too much pressure onto the new tooth because a root canal filling had to be carried out on what was left of the tooth, which can leave it vulnerable to damage.


Dental patient wins compensation for a year of pain


A man who was left in severe pain for a year following poor dental treatment has been awarded £7,000 in compensation in an out-of-court settlement. Chris Potts, 30, from Urmston, said that he felt a ‘crunch and snap’ as his dentist tried to extract a tooth and he was left in excruciating pain after the botched extraction.

Chris visited Dr Atif Shamas-Ud-Din, who worked at the Gary Knowles Dental Practice, in Partington, to have a tooth treated back in 2013, after it started to decay. Dr Shamas-Ud-Din decided to place a filling rather than attempt a root canal filling. However, Chris was still experiencing pain from the rotten tooth and it was agreed that an extraction was necessary later on.

During what he described as a ‘horrendous’ experience, Chris said that he was ‘in absolute agony’ as the dentist attempted to extract the molar. He explained ‘I asked the dentist to stop. I was left with the roots of the tooth left in my gum which was so excruciatingly painful that, ever since, I’ve needed heavy painkillers, prescribed by my GP, to cope with the pain.’ He is still waiting for the roots to be removed so that the pain can be relieved permanently and he can start dental implant treatment.

Dr Shamas-Ud-Din declined to comment on the case in order to protect patient confidentiality, but he did say that he will ‘always strive to provide the best possible care’ for all his patients.

Glasgow dental students don’t have enough patients


Students at Glasgow Dental School and hospital are falling behind in their studies due to the lack of patients taking advantage of the free treatment on offer; the school – which provides teaching for Glasgow university students – offers free fillings or root canals to help students build up enough points to pass their course. Without patients to practice on, the students may not have the points to graduate at the end of the year.

One student, who did not wish to be named, spoke to the Glasgow Evening Times, saying ‘there is nothing you can do about this if you don’t have the patients, and people at times don’t have enough to work on. I think people in Glasgow should be made more aware of the free dental care we provide at the school. It benefits them and us.’

The school said that they advertise for patients around once a year, but students are worrying that this is not enough. Another student, also anonymous, added ‘I found myself in this situation when I had to carry out root canal treatment on a patient and unfortunately there weren’t any available patients needing it performed.’

A spokesman for Glasgow University added that ‘People are able to go on to the University of Glasgow website where they can find more information about signing up for free treatment with our dental students’.

Knebworth woman is awarded compensation for poor dental work


A woman from Knebworth village has been awarded nearly £5,000 by a dental practice after poor treatment left her without one tooth. Carole Gavin took Dr Alykhan Dinani to court after a routine root canal treatment resulted in an infection that meant the tooth had to be removed.

46-year-old Gavin defended her choice to sue the clinic, saying ‘I’m not the sort of person who would just decide to take legal action. I wanted to make people aware of what happened and that there is a recourse.’ The mum-of-three first visited the practice in May 2008 and was given a badly-fitting crown that allowed food to become lodged under the tooth, leading to infection and an abscess. According to Mrs Gavin, ‘He did not remove the food residue that was causing the abscess’ and she was later rushed to the hospital to have it treated.

Carole then switched clinics and was informed that the tooth was not salvageable and the root canal had been carried out incorrectly, she told Hertfordshire Mercury ‘I was relieved to finally know the reason behind so many months of pain but absolutely furious I was put in that position in the first place. I trusted Dr Dinani completely but received extremely poor treatment.’

Mrs Gavin sued last year, with the help of dental negligence firm Dental Law Partnership; she was awarded £4,875. Dr Dinani did not admit liability and Stevenage Dental Practice did not wish to comment on the case.

East Yorkshire dentist wins national award


A dentist from Brough in the East Ridings of Yorkshire has won a prestigious national award from the British Endodontic Society; Dr Chris Maher, of the East Yorkshire Dental Studios, has been awarded the General Dental Practitioner Prize for 2013.

Dr Maher, who performs root canal surgeries, was given the accolade after he wrote a paper detailing his clinical skills relating to ten complex cases that required root treatment. He was pleased with the win and told the Hull Daily Mail ‘This is a huge honour and I am absolutely delighted to win.’

Dr Maher has worked at the East Yorkshire Dental Studios for about a year and has just finished the first year of his Master’s degree in endodontics; an area of dentistry that focuses specifically on the inner workings of the teeth, providing root treatments like root canals and apicectomies, designed to deal with dental infection, pulpitis, and periapical abscesses. He will be attending a ceremony in Birmingham next month to receive his award, as well as a £1,000 voucher for dental equipment.

Owner and principal dentist at the EYDS, Jason Spence, said ‘We are really proud of Chris’s achievement. It’s a real coup to receive this award and is testament to his clinical skills and excellence.’

Tiger undergoes a root canal to save broken tooth


A Sumatran tiger at an Australian zoo has proven that it’s not just humans who have problems with their teeth and need to see the dentist from time to time. Ranu, who is a nine-year-old tiger and weighs 112kg (almost 18 stone), has been suffering with infection and toothache after handlers discovered that one of his incisors was broken.

Vets at the Australia Zoo took Ranu to the dentist last week and instead of being put under local anaesthetic, they thought it would be easier – and safer – to put the huge cat to sleep before beginning the treatment at the hospital, which is located along the Sunshine Coast. Handlers were worried that sedation would not be enough to spare Ranu the stress of the situation and the vibrations of the dentist’s drill as they carried out a root canal on the broken tooth.

Upon initial examination, dentist Dr Gary Wilson, of Brisbane’s Advanced Animal Dentistry, thought that the tooth would have to be extracted but further inspection revealed that it could be saved using a root canal filling, which will make it easier to maintain dental health in the future and Ranu should be able to eat properly after a short time. His handler, Giles Clark, said that the feline would be given soft food for a few days until his teeth have recovered and then he can get back to his normal diet.

Polar bear undergoes dental surgery


It’s not just humans that have dental problems; even animals need to visit the dentist on a regular basis and staff at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington, had a big job on their hands when polar bear Boris had to be put to sleep for his annual check-up.  The 27-year-old bear underwent a four hour examination that also involved removing a growth from his eyelid and trimming is huge claws.

While the animal was under anaesthetic, dental experts examined his teeth and found that one of his canines was infected, so they decided to perform a root canal treatment. A root canal is required if decay has eaten through to the centre of the tooth and compromised the structure; the nerves are removed and the inner chamber is packed with filler material to keep the tooth strong and functional. Infected teeth can be very painful and are sometimes difficult to treat.

After the mammoth four-hour operation, Boris was brought round from the anaesthetic and was given the all clear by the vet. The enormous polar bear was rescued from a Mexican circus a decade ago and was brought to Washington State, where he quickly became a favourite of staff and visitors alike.

Keeper Cindy Roberts was relieved that Boris was still in good health after the root canal and surgery, saying ‘All of us worry about him and love him. We spend more time with the animals than we do with our own families.’

LeAnn Rimes sues her dentist claiming he has ruined her career


Overlooking the drama that is a consistent feature in her personal life, country singer LeAnn Rimes has controversially decided to blame a recent career slump on her dentist and the work she has had done to improve her teeth. According to documents obtained by gossip site TMZ, the 30-year-old visited Dr Duane C McKay several times in a three year period to get upper front veneers and crowns in an effort to ease jaw pain and make her teeth more even. However, the legal papers state that Rimes was left in terrible pain and struggled to continue with her day job as a result of the dental work.

The singer also claims that much of the treatment was painful and lengthy, including nine root canal fillings, a bone grafting procedure, a temporary bridge, and physical therapy. The lawsuit claims that Rimes will have a ‘permanent cosmetic deficiency’ as a result of Dr McKay’s efforts and the pain has prevented her from performing live, which she says has seriously affected her working life. The country star is seeking unspecified damages for physical, psychiatric, and emotional injuries, as well as loss of earnings, both past and future.

Rimes has often taken to her Twitter account to complain to fans about her dental problems, saying at one point that the work was ‘Nothing major just annoying’ and adding later ‘Pain pain go away!!!!!! When it’s mouth pain and jaw pain it makes your whole head pound!’

Polar bear undergoes root canal treatment


It’s not just humans that can suffer with dental problems, in fact broken or infected teeth are a major cause of carnivore death in the wild; luckily for 75 stone polar bear Arktos, there were some dentists on hand to help him out after he started to get toothache.

Vets from the Royal Zoological Society darted the huge bear with tranquilisers and performed a three hour dental operation yesterday. When Arktos was unconscious, the dentists discovered that one of his teeth was damaged at the tip and had rotted through; they prescribed a root canal filling – a routine procedure with humans that involves drilling into the tooth and scraping out the inner pulp to remove infection.

Douglas Richardson, Animal Collection Manager at the Highland Wildlife Park explained that they had trained Arktos and the other polar bears to open their mouths for trainers to inspect their teeth, adding that ‘Arktos really is a lucky bear and we were delighted to be able to save his tooth; in the wild the infection would have tracked through his system, causing him a great deal of pain and discomfort and, over the longer term, it could eventually kill him.’

After the three-hour root canal, Arktos took twenty minutes to come round, then Douglas says that ‘he quickly had a drink and we expect him to start eating again this morning, when we will try him on some of his favourite soft foods as his mouth will still be a bit sore.’

Dental practice in Lancashire has certainly hit the big-time…


When it comes to sublime 21st century technology, a relatively small dental practice in Lancashire has certainly hit the big-time. The NHS Reedyford Dental Centre in Leeds Road, Nelson, has just welcomed a Cone Beam Computerised Tomography (CBCT) machine which will significantly enhance the service that the dentists can provide their patients. The 3D device means that dentists can now get a full and comprehensive view of someone’s mouth and also means professionals at the practice can check out whether a patient is suitable for dental implants. A detailed look at previous root canal treatments is something that this ‘super’ machine can provide too. It can also be used to work out width, depth and density and is also useful for viewing sinus cavities.

The practice is one of the first in the area to obtain such a device – even the large neighbouring hospitals of Burnley and Blackburn haven’t got one.

Dr Ausman Malik, who was instrumental in bringing the cutting-edge technology to the surgery, commented: “All other dentists in the area are using X Rays, which only give a 2D image. For most work this is absolutely fine, but when you’re doing certain things, you need 3D images.”

Mr Malik is studying a part time Masters course in Oral Surgery at the University of Central Lancashire so he is hoping that as well as putting the surgery on the map, it will also aid his development and allow him to do more oral work at the practice in future.

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