My epileptic son has missing teeth and a damaged bridge, what solutions are there for this?

Q.
My 36yr old son has (controlled) epilepsy. He has petit mal seizures daily but thankfully no grand mals for several years. While having a seizure he knocked out his front teeth and he was given a bridge now the teeth holding the bridge are falling out and he has a broken tooth within the bridge. He can;t seem to get any help from his dentist or the NHS.the cost of going private is prohibitive. He is extremely self conscious of smiling and embarresed in his work at a school. It doesn’t seem fair that if he had had a car accident there would be help but epilepsy doesn;t count. Can you please suggest a way forward?
A.
The fact that his bridge has not been succesful would suggest that a repeat is not advisable. If the cost of implants is prohibitive and it is not sure whether the residual bone / gum is able to support them a denture maybe a sesnsible choice. This has issues regarding his epilepsy and a metal based dental with clips maybe more appropriate. A final suggestion might be a miniimplant supported denture as a lower cost alternative.
Rob
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Dr Rob Tennet

St Johns Dental Practice
18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ
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April 27th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Leo Says :

I have a broken bridge the metal has broken on the end tooth. My dentist has advised me I have 2 options. Either have root canal work done on this end tooth or a complete new bridge of the 5 teeth. This would be private dentistry but I am not sure I have the confidence in my dentist. I would like a 2nd opinion please, and a price for the work.

April 5th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
fozia Says :

please note that if the teeth came out due to an accident (trauma) then dental implants maybe available on the NHS, speak to your Dentist or doctor, or alternatively contact the local dentist training institute. The work may be done by a trainee, however a experienced dentist will be there, its worth a try.

October 2nd, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Jaylene Says :

I have a bridge for two front teeth and have since lost the two beside it at the front (my left) I am now on my second set of dentures and my gums have shrunk a lot in two months and they no longer fit. Is it possible to have another bridge beside this one or a bigger bridge. I can not have implants due to medication I am on and can not have surgery of any kind? I also only have two teeth on the left side no longer have back teeth. If it is not possible to have another bridge is there any other alternatives?

October 2nd, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Anna Says :

If you can’t have implants then I think its your only option

March 1st, 2014 at 08:47 PM
issy Says :

Hi I have aggressive grandmal epilepsy, I have recently had a partial dentures to the top front 3 teeth and 3 bottom back teeth. I would just like to know if this is safe as I ether grind my teeth to the extent of making my bottom front tooth loose or my moth stretches wide open please can you help or give some advice thanks. Yours hopefully issy.

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