Archive for the ‘Dr Tennet’s Answers’ Category

What is the best option for whitening my discoloured, sensitive teeth?

Monday, June 6th, 2011
Q.

Dear Doctor,

I have discolored teeth and would like to have this corrected. I have already tried the more widely available teeth whitening strips but my teeth became very sensitive soon after so I had to stop using them. I also developed a very thin, white vertical line down one of my front teeth and thought that the enamel had been damaged by the strips.

I feel from this experience that a professional laser whitening system would not suit me. I am reluctant to get veneers because I feel it is too invasive to natural teeth.

I have heard of cosmetic bonding and was wondering if this was an option to whiten teeth. Some sources say that bonding can only be used to correct smaller stains, but some suggest that it can be used to whiten the entire tooth.

Please could you tell me if cosmetic bonding is suitable for tooth whitening, 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

How long after root canal treatment are you fitted with a crown?

Monday, June 6th, 2011
Q.

Hi Doctor,
I was assessed by my dentist and
I have to undergo root canal treatment on one of my lower tooth. My dentist has told me the procedure and that the crown is put on within a few weeks after treatment but I went to get a second opinion at a private dentist and he told me the permenant crown is put on 6 months to a year after the initial treatment so that they can check if procedure has gone well and no bacteria is infected the area. What would be usual way to do root canal?

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

Can I get veneers free on the NHS?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Q.

Can I get veneers fitted for free on the nhs? My local dentist have told me it will cost me 650.00 to have two veneers fitted on the front of my teeth as I have a big gap between my two front teeth and I don’t like the look of it. I had braces to close the gap between my two front teeth when I was much younger but as I’ve got older the gap has just got too big, please help me? Please also let me know if there is any such help/grant available to help with the cost of veneers, I am currently not working and on benefit?? Also receiving Child tax credit and hold an nhs exemption card.


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

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

My daughter’s bridge keeps falling out, what are our options?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Q.

Hello Doctor, I have a question I hope you can help with.

My daughter had her teeth adjusted by an orthodontist because some of her teeth never came in. The adjustment left a gap in her front teeth that the her dentist filled with a bonded bridge. The bridge has now fallen out 3 times over the past 4 months. Although the dentist has thus far reattached it without charge, I am sure it won’t continue and could not afford to continually have it reattached. Is this normal or should I be looking for another dentist?

dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

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

I don’t want dentures on my top and bottom teeth, what are my options?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Q.

Have dentures on top. Lower teeth are killing me, gum trouble. Broken down teeth in back. A few missing. What are my options? Do not want dentures on bottom. Can barely stand the ones on top. On the bottom I have in the front, like 4 or 5 teeth. Then on both sides, some missing, then molars on both sides are broken down and in bad shape. Lots of pain. Isn’t there a way to adhere the denture so it will stay in? Or could it be possible for me to get a partial on the left and on the right, and then do something with the few teeth I have left in front?


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

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

I cut my gum with dental floss can it get infected?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Q.

I slipped whilst flossing after brushing and slightly cut into my upper gum. It only bled a little bit and I rinsed with water and corsodyl. I have recently had very slight inflammation of the gums and worried that i may have caused any long term damage by cutting the gum. ie: will anything get pushed into the cut and cause infection. I use an electric/sensitive toothbrush twice a day with corsodyl toothpaste and daily mouthwash and floss nightly.

I’m 29 and really care about my teeth as when i was younger I wasn’t so good, but now i’m on a roll and do everything I can.

Thank you for your time.


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 have an implant years after the tooth has been removed?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Q.

How long after the removal of a tooth can I have an implant? Is 20 years too long? At that time, I lost a tooth and had a bridge fitted. However, my back, upper tooth which was supporting the bridge, has broken and had to be removed. I could have it replaced with an implant and then have a new bridge fitted but I would prefer to have the implant where the original tooth was taken out. I would then just have a small gap at the very back of my mouth. My dentist is telling me that
a person can have an implant at any time but the dentist of a relative of mine told him that the implant had to be done within three months of losing the tooth. Which is correct?


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

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

What are the best invisible braces?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Q.

Hi Rob

My situation is that i have pretty awful teeth due to growing up scared due to the way they look…and still I dont like the idea of having the classic metal visible braces. If it was up to me I would get some sort of surgery even if it means not having my original teeth but my girlfriend just won’t allow that to happen. So i’m looking for a quick cheap and non visible way of straightening my teeth…but arnt we all?

I am aware of invisalign but I hear the worse shape your teeth are in then the more it will cost so in my case that will means 5k+

Regards


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

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

Has teeth whitening damaged my teeth?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Q.

Dear Dentist

I had my teeth whitening in surgery and my dentist used 27% Hydrogen Peroxide. Since then I run my tongue over my teeth and they feel slightly rough. I ca also see abrasive brush and scratch marks on the enamel in light on my canines. And when I run my nail over them they feel lumpy. I never studied or felt my teeth like this before but could a high level peroxide potentially burn or change the texture of your enamel? I feel as if I have damaged the structure of my teeth?

Also does tooth whitening with high level peroxide permanently make the enamel more porous and prone to cavities?

Thank you for your time


dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

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

How much are cosmetic dentures?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Q.

hello Doctor

 i had a bridge in the from of my mouth , it was suppoted by 2 teeth. However i had to have these teeeth root filled and the root has shattered and the bridge came out. It looks like I cannot have the bridge replaced. I have been lookig at a cosmetic denture . Have you any idea how much this costs. Also is this possible as i do not want to remove the healthy teeth i have .The rest of my teeth are healthy and i only ended up with this bridge as i had two baby teeth that where removed. The bridge has been in for about ten years and I paid 500.00 for it at that time. Thank you for your time 

dr rob tennet

Dr Rob Tennet

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