Archive for the ‘Dr Tennet’s Answers’ Category

Can I have cosmetic bonding to cover a darkened tooth?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
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Can I do cosmetic bonding over a tooth that is “dead”? My daughter hit me in the mouth accidentally about 10 years ago and broke my front tooth up in the root. It has since darkened and chipped. I am lookiing for an affordable way to get a nice smile that will last me a few years. I have sufered with bad teeth my whole adult life and it has effected my self-esteem. I am raising 2 teenagers now so the monwy is an issue. I have dental insurance but they do not cover cosmetic procedures. Any advice yo can give me would be helpful. Thank you.


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Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk

Has the root canal treatment failed?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
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I had a 2nd root canal treatment on my upper-right molar, 6 months ago. I have been experiencing mild pain and discomfort ever since and it’s getting worse. Everytime I bite on the tooth, floss and brush my teeth I feel mild pain. The gum surrounding the tooth feels tender. My inside my right nostril also feels watery when I bite on the tooth. I went to my Dentist 3 months ago and had an x-ray but it didn’t show any signs of infection.
I would like to know if my symptoms are a sign that the RCT has failed? Also is the wetness in my nose connected to my tooth? Thank you


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk

My mother has gum disease, but would like to have dental implants, is the possible?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
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Hi, I am writing on behalf of my mum she has gum disease and has been told that her gums are not fit for implants, the gums are also receeding some of her teeth have started to fall out others are very loose and she is struggling eating much because she fears her teeth will fall out. So we just wanted to know what her options are, she has a vey sensitive pallete and she doesn’t know whether she would be able to wear dentures due to her wretching. Hopefully you will be able to shed a bit of light as it is really distressing my mum. Thank you.


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk

Are braces a better option to veneers for straightening my crooked teeth?

Monday, January 9th, 2012
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Hi Rob,

I’m a 29 year old male from the East Midlands. I have what i would call severely crooked top teeth. This has had a major impact on my life, from relationships and interviews, to learning to even speak and laugh differently to hide my teeth. My top teeth are crowded and one of the top two front teeth angles back into the mouth and the other protrudes.

I have never been able to afford treatment but have just been made redundant and will be getting a reasonable pay-out, i have decided i want to look into getting my teeth sorted as they make me very unhappy.
Going to the dentist makes me very anxious as i am ashamed of my teeth, i did ask about correcting them a few years ago and was quoted £7500.00 for veneers. Even with my pay-out, this is still a little to much than i can afford.

I was just after advice really, i would rather avoid metal ‘train-tracks’ if possible, but have heard about others such as Clearstep and Inman aligners. From the very basic summary of what i’ve said, and the hindrance of not being able to see my teeth, would you think i can get anything done for say £5000.00? Are braces the best option for me, and will Clearstep or Inman be suitable for my degree of crookedness?
Any help is much appreciated.

Kind regards


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk

Have I made the right choices concerning my damaged front teeth?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
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I recently broke two of my front teeth in an accident and so far I have had to have 1 removed as it couldnt be saved and currently it has been replaced with a temporary cap which is attached to 3 post. This tooth that has to be removed currently still has the roots and my denstist has already killed off all the nerves before replacing it with the temporary fixture as mentioned above.

On the second tooth which is one of the two front ones,it broke half way which my dentist has fixed with some filling materials that has covered the broken part. After a month from this treatment, I have had to return to get a root canal treatment on this tooth as it was giving me a lot of problems. My dentist after hearing my description of the pains as well as my xrays had given me two options which was to do a root canal or provide me with some antibiotics for a couple of months to see the reaction. I had opted for a root canal as I thought that down the line I will probably have to get it done anyway as my teeth had broken half way and the nerves had been exposed. Now I dont know if I had made the right decision by opting for a root canal this early and the thought of having to deal with discolorations etc had been really disheartening. Please advise if I did make the right choice, I am awaiting my next round of review so I could get it crowned and I wondering if it is also a good idea to get it crowned this early as the current fixture placed on it is not giving me to much problems.

My last question is this, according to my dentist the tooth that he has removed which I had mentioned above can be replaced with a crown that can attach to middle tooth that I had broken which will also be crowned. he has suggested that I pull out the root and have this procedure done. Is this the same as having a bridge??furthermore I had wanted a post and core done but he had advised against it as there hasnt been much teeth left after he had pulled it out and whatever is left is above the gum line and any post and core treatment will require that they pill off part of the gum to get it done. I had sort a second opinion from another dentist and he had advised that it could be possible to still do a post and core. Now I am confused as to what I need to get done. I want something done so that I wont have to worry about it falling off or giving me any problems in the next few years and so therefore would appreciate any advise that could give me some comfort and direction on what procedure to undertake before I make any decisions. Thanks


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk

Can I have free treatment for my broken, damaged teeth?

Friday, November 4th, 2011
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Hi i am 26 yrs old and have rotten, loose,cracked and completely missing teeth. i try to brush them (wots left of them) but cannot because of the massive amount of pain it causes. its destroying my confidence and makes me feel incredibly aware of the state of everybody of meet teeth good or bad. i try so hard to get to a dentist but cannot afford the dental fees and have no way of raising the kind of money it would cost. Is it possible to get my teeth repaired on the nhs and what would the possible treatment be


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk

My dentist is closing my missing teeth gaps with braces but I want dental implants. What should I do?

Friday, November 4th, 2011
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Hello there, I would like a second opinion on my orthodontic treatment! When I was 10 years old I extracted my first molar/left lower jaw as it was so decayed, the empty socket, overtime shrinked and caused my face to be uneven! When I was 17 years old, I had to remove the rest of the First molars (upper left/upper right/lower right) because of decay! Today I am 22 years old and I can notice that I am starting to age prematurely as the gaps from the molar extractions are starting to shrink, causing my face to lose its structure, hollow eyes, “collapsing face ” kind of effect so I was thinking to have bone graft (as I lost serious bone) and then dental implants. But there is one small problem! I started my orthodontic treatment 1 year ago, for a severe malocclusion from where I will have to have jaw surgery to complete the treatment. At the start of the treatment I mentioned to my orthodontist I would like to keep the (molar extraction) gaps open so I can have dental implants but at my appoiment yesterday she said she wants to close the gaps and that’s what we’ve been doing all along during the treatment. I don’t feel is a good idea as my teeth and jaw are very small anyway and I’m scared this will make it even worse../Plus looking in the mirror and seeing my face changing I don’t like what I see/aging prematurely. Now, my questions are: Is it a good idea for my orthodontist to close the gaps? If it’s not, with orthodontic treatment is she able to stretch the gaps back to original shape so I can have the dental implants? If yes, will I be able to have the dental implants during the orthodontic treatment or after/during the jaw surgery? Thank you very much!


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk

My new crowns do not match my teeth, is there anything I can do?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
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Hi. I had my front top teeth crowned many years ago due to them being discoloured and ‘ridged’ (lots of cough medicine as a child). They looked great, but over the years I’ve had to have some replaced. Now I seem to have a mouth-full of non-matching crowns! (In shape, size & colour). Is there anything that could be done to change the colour of a crown or add a veneer’| I also have a crown on a post which is about to break off. My NHS dentist advised to have the root removed and have a small denture – I really don’t want this. I’ve asked about an implant but he doesn’t seem keen. What can I do? Thanks.


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk

Can you give me any advice about receiving implant treatment abroad?

Friday, October 21st, 2011
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coul you please advise me as to the best place to recieve full dental implants abroad ,i have several teeth that are broken at the gumline but have not had them extracted yet as i thought this would start bone loss of the jaw and would make treatment more difficult.i am in need of a full set of implants on both upper and lower jaw and unfortunately,am a extremely nervous patient so would require a general anesthetic while undergoing treatment , only have a budget of approx 10000 pounds so going overseas is my only option, ive been told instanbul and hungary are very good but would value youre opinion and advise on how to start this procedure .


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk

I have lost most of my teeth but cannot afford the cost of dental work, what can I do?

Monday, October 17th, 2011
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Hi, I am wondering if you know of any places or if people ever do pro bono work. I am 38, have lost almost all my teeth, have barely any gums left and am always having headaches and at times extreme pain due to broken teeth. I never feel good and I believe its due to my mouth. I can barely chew food any more which is causing stomach issues now. i am in the Asheville area of NC and am a mom to a k and a 1st grader and a wife. I dont want to die early and live with this embarrassement anymore cause I know I have a wonderful life to live for. Im so tired of living like this and we dont have money so I havent visited a dentist in probably 20 years. Any ideas or suggestions would be so appreciated


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
Web: www.e-dentalpractice.co.uk