What Do I Need to Know About Veneers?

February 5th, 2015
Q.

Hello Dr Hughes. I would like to get veneers. How long do they last? Also, I have read that they file the veneer of your tooth. Would this mean that I would have to replace the veneers? I would like to have the top and bottom set of teeth veneered. How many teeth would this be, and what is an estimate of the cost?

If I was to get dental insurance, would I be able to claim? If so, could you recommend an insurer? Kind regards, I hope you can help me.


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Which Replacement Teeth Option Would be Right for Me?

February 5th, 2015
Q.

Hello, I am a 63 year old man and my teeth are in need of a holiday. I am afraid to go ahead and have them removed because many years ago I had a partial palate made which just made me vomit so I never wore it. What can be done these days to prevent this? Once my teeth are removed there is no going back and because of my profession I need to look at least half decent and being on stage and vomiting my teeth out over an audience may not go over very well! Hope you can help. Thank you.


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How Can I Get the Perfect Celebrity Smile?

February 4th, 2015
Q.

Hi there. I’ve always had trouble with my teeth since the age of about six when I got about 13 baby teeth taken out as they were discoloured and rotten due to the amount of fizzy juice I drank. I was wanting to look into getting white veneers as my current teeth are a bit discoloured and one front tooth is broken in two places, and I’ve also had root treatment on that tooth too. I’m basically looking to get the “perfect celebrity” white smile. What would your advice be?
Many thanks.


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Dr Mark Hughes

Harley Street Dental Studio
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Can Healthy Teeth be Taken Out?

February 4th, 2015
Q.

I have had a very expensive bridge attached to a tooth which twice developed an infection/abscess. It cost £1000+. It’s all gone wrong and I didn’t even have it for a year. So now I have another tooth, 4th from the front at the top. It is crumbling and sharp/jagged, the opposite number of the now big gap. I have a teaching role and work in media/sports, so my smile is very important, hence the investment in the failed bridge. My question is: I have six front upper teeth, my lower teeth are sharp, jagged, worn out and crumbling. At what point can I insist that I can have my upper teeth removed to facilitate a top denture? My dentist says he cannot take out healthy teeth or he would be struck off. Your comments would be appreciated.


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What Supplements Can I Take for Stronger Bone and Gum Health?

February 2nd, 2015
Q.

Hi Dr Hughes. I have always looked after my teeth but have been told that genetics play a big part in all my dental problems. Are there any supplements apart from vitamin D and magnesium that would help me to create stronger bone and gum health? My problems are mainly gum ones even though I floss, use fluoride toothpaste and brush 3 times a day. I am 47 years old and have had 4 gum infections, three root canals and 5 crowns in the last 10 years. I go for regular cleaning etc. every 3 months. All my family have teeth problems and that is why the dentist thinks it’s genetic. My gums never look healthy even though I work really hard to keep them clean. Thank you. 


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What Alternatives Are There for Implants?

January 30th, 2015
Q.

Hello Dr Hughes. I’m 56 years old and have lost half of my teeth and about to lose two more.
I believe that I am not suitable for implants on metal spikes as I have lost to much bone for this procedure.
I have heard about a procedure where the teeth are glued in. Could you tell me what this procedure is called and what I might be expected to pay? Thank you for any help you can give. 


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What is the Best Method for Whitening Teeth, and How Much Does it Cost?

January 30th, 2015
Q.

Hi,

I have had fairly discoloured teeth ever since my adult teeth came through. I have not been taking the best care of them through my teenage years, and I am desperate for white teeth. It was a medicinal thing that caused the discolour I was told, or it may have been hereditary.

Basically, after all these years I am finally making the decision to pay to get them fixed. They are fairly straight and it is just around 4 teeth that are discoloured, however I would love to have a proper smile and it is affecting my life in a negative way. I’m afraid to smile.

Please could you let me know how much roughly it would cost to fix, and which would be the best way of whitening my teeth?


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My Son’s Crown Fell Off. Should He Get Another Crown or an Implant?

January 30th, 2015
Q.

Good afternoon. My son who is 24 fell as a child and broke one of his two front teeth. A local dentist gave him an amateur-ish crown which has never looked right. Yesterday it fell off and he isn’t sure if the way forward is a new crown or an implant. However, money is a slight problem and I don’t know how much it would cost or who could do the procedure . He is speaking at my mum’s funeral on February 3rd and is devastated that it will look dreadful! Please can you advise? I’m worried mother as you hear so many dreadful stories of cosmetic surgery going wrong.


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Why Is My Tooth in So Much Pain?

January 30th, 2015
Q.

About a year ago I had a filling replaced. When the numbness wore off I suffered intense shooting pains in that tooth. The dentist filed it off, telling me he’d left one corner too high. But it did not work. So they told me it was the new white filling and replaced it. I still had the pain. So they decided that when they’d replaced the filling, they must have opened a nerve ending. I had root canal done, but still suffered the pain. I went back and had a second root canal, which stopped the intense shooting pain, but has left the tooth extremely sensitive to heat. I can’t eat or drink anything over body temperature on that tooth. Cold temperatures give me a similar problem. It’s not sore while I’m eating, but when it warms up again that’s when I feel it. It feels like it’s deep in my tooth, not just a surface pain, and extremely sore, like a dull ache, not sharp or shooting. They gave me antibiotics and a mouth guard, telling me I grind my teeth, but 6 months use of the guard and I still have the same level of ache. Do you have any idea why this might be? I’ve lost all confidence in the dentist, as before the original replacement filling, I had no pain what so ever. I feel they caused this.


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What Advice Can You Offer About Gingivectomy?

January 23rd, 2015
Q.

Good morning Dr Hughes. I would like some advice on Gingivectomy, as I would like to have this procedure done but have no idea where to go for this?

I am almost 30 and from since I can remember I have been embarrassed about my gummy smile.  My teeth are nice and straight but very small and when I smile wide all you can see is gums, or so I think.

I would just like some advice as to if this is safe and where to go, plus how much this generally costs.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards.


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