Archive for the ‘bridge’ Category

Is It Safe to Cut a Bridge to Treat an Infected Tooth?

Monday, March 30th, 2015
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Hi, I have a porcelain coated platinum bridge which I have had for about 23 years and it has not caused any problems. But now I have an infection in one of the teeth holding the bridge, which I have been given antibiotics for.
My dentist said he needs to remove the infected tooth and therefore will cut the bridge at the other tooth and then remove part of the bridge with the infected tooth. Is it safe to cut the bridge? Thank you. 


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I’m Unsuitable for Braces. How Can I Straighten my Smile?

Friday, March 27th, 2015
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Dear Dr Mark,
I’ve been told that, probably, I’m not suitable for braces because I have 2 bridges. One is on the top left and one is on the top right and also because I’m missing almost all of my teeth on bottom left (this is due to an attempt to straighten my teeth with removable braces. I had one tooth removed and in the process the tooth next to it ended up broken and I lost that as well). So I wouldn’t have enough support for the braces. Besides all this, I have had heavy restoring work done on several of my teeth. The crowding on my bottom teeth is more severe than the top ones and the alignment of my smile is about 2mm to the (my) right. I really want to straighten my teeth so I can have implants fitted afterwards. What would be your advice?
Thank you.
Best regards.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
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How Can I Replace Four Missing Teeth in a Row?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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I have recently lost four front teeth in a row. If I decided to go for an implant, how many would I need, and is a bridge possible with implants? I originally had a bridge on two teeth, then the one next to the bridge was removed. I recently had a plate for that, but in the meantime we found I had decay in the two teeth. Apparently the bridge wasn’t very good and was leaking so now the bridge has to be removed, plus the two teeth holding bridge and the gap I already have, which makes a loss of four teeth in a row. What is the best way forward? I cannot get used to an acrylic dental plate. Please can you give me some advice? I have booked an appointment to see a specialist.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
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I Struggle to Speak After My Treatment. What Should I Do?

Friday, March 13th, 2015
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Sir, I have huge gap between my six upper front teeth. I went to the dentist and he trimmed my all six teeth and placed a bride with two extra fake teeth. After the treatment I am not able to speak properly and it is very uncomfortable for me. Do I have another choice to get out of these problems? I am really tense and scared of re-treating them again. Before going to the dentist I didn’t have any problems. I just wanted to improve the aesthetics. And now I am thinking this was the biggest mistake.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
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How Much Would It Cost for 5 Teeth on a Bridge?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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How much does it cost for 5 teeth on a bridge please? For the top three at the front and two at the side? I have been to the dentist and they’re too dear so I’m just getting different quotes. Could you get back to me please? Thanks. It’s important because I’m going away in May for two weeks and I can’t smile. I need them doing. I’ve been looking everywhere on different sites and need to get them done as soon as possible. My other teeth are all fine, it’s just these ones that need work. 


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
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How Can I Restore My Smile?

Friday, February 13th, 2015
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Hi. When I was a teenager I was in an accident which basically ruined my teeth. After my first child and with a horrific fear of dentists but an even bigger pain in my mouth I decided together my teeth ‘sorted’ once and for all, I was put to sleep in an operation which I thought was to remove 4 teeth, when I awoke 10 had been taken out as they were just crumbling. I’m now 24 with a bridge across the front of my mouth and substantial gaps, I have no bottom teeth except my front 6, I hate smiling, I hate everything about them, eating is near enough impossible. I can’t even remember the last crusty roll/biscuit I ate, at least before I didn’t have to worry about my gaps showing or my bridge falling out. What are my options? I’m with a new dentist now and even though I have had drastic teeth removal my other teeth are basically crumbling too, the damage is done. Is there anything I can do?


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Harley Street Dental Studio
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How Much Should I be Paying for a Bridge?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
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Hello. I see on your website the cost of a bridge is between 300 and 900 pounds per unit. I have to re-do a bridge which is made of one missing tooth (canine), 2 crowns on one side and 1 on the other side. I have been quoted 1,000 pounds per tooth, total 4,000 pounds. It seems quite high to me, so I wanted to get your opinion. Note that the dentist has given that to me as a fixed price, we haven’t done x-rays yet, so the price is not due to my specific circumstance. What do you think? Many thanks.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
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What is the Best Way to Restore my Lower Molars?

Monday, January 12th, 2015
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Good evening Dr Hughes. I would like to get more information on dental bridges. A few weeks ago my dentist extracted two teeth on different sides of the jaw. Both teeth were in the same place, just different side of the mouth, the lower jaw molars.What is the best way to restore them? Would it be bridges or something else? My other teeth are healthy, but it’s getting difficult to chew any solid food.. What are the prices of dental bridge and how long does this procedure last? Thank you. 


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
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Can Bridges be Made from Anything Other Than Metal?

Friday, January 9th, 2015
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Hello Dr Hughes. My 15 year old son has just had bridges fitted for two missing teeth either side of front two teeth. He has had two years with braces to get his teeth into the right position for this treatment. Unfortunately, the metal that is now behind his two front teeth makes his teeth look grey, the colour of the metal. Could he have had the bridge made of anything other than metal that wouldn’t show through the teeth, and is it too late to change this?
Thank you. 


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
Web: www.harleystreetdentalstudio.com Tel: 020 7636 5981

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My Dental Bridge Feels Grainy Against My Tongue. Can This be Polished Smooth?

Monday, September 8th, 2014
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Hey Dr Hughes. I have just had a 4 tooth dental bridge fitted by my dentist, and the bridge feels great with no pain. However, the texture of the bridge is not smooth, it feels grainy against my tongue, as if there is grit under the glaze. I had 2 front crowns done by the same dentist last year and they feel great, the texture is smooth and glass like. The bridge is on the upper back 4 teeth. This problem is irritating me no end. My question is, can this be polished smooth in my mouth without harming the glaze or should I request a new bridge? Will removing the bridge harm the original teeth underneath? Many thanks.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY
Web: www.harleystreetdentalstudio.com Tel: 020 7636 5981

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