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How natural-looking will veneers from the NHS be?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Dear Dr Rob,

I had root canal treatment on my two front teeth around 2 years ago. I had them internally bleached but they appear greyish now. I am having the two front teeth veneered on the nhs but I am still having my doubts.

My main concern was when I asked my dentist if they would look natural or similar to my natural teeth and she said no they wouldn’t look like my natural teeth because it is just the front two teeth I’m having done and it can be difficult to match them exactly but she said she would try to match the colour as close as possible. I understand the nhs have limitations on what they can offer in regards to veneers and I’m glad she was honest with me. But I’m so worried. Are my teeth really going to look very fake and obvious?!

Do you think I could ask her if I could be referred to another nhs dentist who has more experience with veneers?

Also how much of the tooth should be shaven down? My dentist said about 1mm. But I’ve read for porcelain veneers they shave down 0.5mm. Or does that depend on the patient’s teeth? I do have quite large front teeth that stick out a little which leaves me with permantly parted lips. Do you think the veneers will make this worse and make my teeth look bulky?

I’d love to get them done privately but as a student I really can’t afford £450 per tooth.

Many thanks

Dr Rob Tennet St Johns Dental Practice 18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ Web:

Can you recommend a dentist who provides sedation in Birmingham?

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

please can you recommend the best nhs dentist for sedation in birmingham thank you. I am petrified off the chair had a filling and the dentist trapped my nerve i went through 24 hours of excruciating pain that was the last nail in the coffin so to speak i need extensive work done i amonly 30 and cant laugh smile or even talk property i would really appreciate some expert advice thank you. i have a broken loose crown at the front next to it a moulded temp tooth 4 caps only 1 left on others exposed need help

Dr Rob Tennet St Johns Dental Practice 18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ Web:

Are dentures the only option for teeth replacement?

Friday, June 17th, 2011

I am 44 years old and have lost all my teeth apart from 4 front teeth at the bottom which the gums are receiding despite brushing my teeth several times a day and using mouth wash.
I lost my teeth due to the negligence of a local dentist who i visited at the age of 25 to have some fillings in my back teeth when the dentist looked in my mouth he told me i would loose all my front upper teeth if he did not give them urgent treatment panic stricken I
agreed he then filed my 6 upper front teeth down to stubs and put temporary caps on,when he fitted the permanant caps they had gaps at the back where I
could put my tounge in,when complained
he told me I had used up my NHS funds and he could do nothing for 6 months.
Ileft his surgery in tears and went straight to another dentist who treated me every week for at least a year replacing the teeth with teeth on a sort of screw (not sure what you call them) these have now all come out.
I built up the courage 4 years ago to go to a dentist who removed most of the
roots apart from my upper 2 front.
They made me a denture but I cannot have anything at the top of my mouth as i continuosley gag.
I cannot afford implants as I am on benifits what can i do to be able to smile again. I have locked myself away for 10years now only going to my parents
and local shops because im so embarressed, I have brought up my two daughters alone and now there 16 nd 19
and out and about i feel so lonley. I would love to get out agin Im still very
pretty, please tell me if there is any way I can get my mouth sorted out.
I also suffer from narcolepsey and caterplexy.

Dr Mark Hughes Harley Street Dental Studio 52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY Web: Tel: 020 7636 5981 View My Profile Dr Hughes

My teeth are in a really bad shape, what do you suggest?

Friday, June 17th, 2011

hi, my teeth are very very bad, as a young girl i did not get the medical/ dentistry attention that i really needed, mainly becuase i spent time abroad. Now that i am older i find myself unable to pay for the dentistry work i so badly need. I am currently claiming benefits, is there any way i can get the work done? perhaps via an advertising campaign, before and after pictures etc.

i find that due to the state of my teeth it is havin an effect on every aspect of my life and is really effecting my self esteem and confidence. I am currenlty looking for a job but i am concious and very aware of my teeth causing my great anxiety.

Dr Andrew Moore Advance Dental Clinic 104 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JG Web: Tel: 08443 87 87 88 View My Profile Dr Moore

My brother lost two teeth in a car accident, could dental implants be the answer?

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Hi Doctor Moore,

My brother was involved in a car crash 20 years ago which resulted in him losing his front two teeth and a titanium plate being inserted into the top palette of his mouth. Two front replacement teeth were drilled into the plate by the NHS at that time.

Twenty years later, he is very conscious that his teeth have moved and he now has a large gap between these front two teeth and the teeth on each side of these are crooked, discoloured and overlapping. His bottom teeth could do with some attention also. He does not smoke or have gum disease.

I keep encouraging him to get his teeth sorted but he’s concerned about a few things:
a) How painful or difficult would it be for him to have his teeth reconstructed under these circumstances?
b) The cost – could you give an indication of how much he would need to spend to correct all 4 teeth at the top of his mouth and correct a couple of crooked teeth at the bottom?
c) How long could he expect his teeth to last? He’s worried that, in his words, “once he starts messing”, he’ll have to continually fund replacement of any veneers or false teeth.

Thank you for answering my questions. I think it would transform his life if I could persuade him to take this step.

Kind regards

Dr Andrew Moore Advance Dental Clinic 104 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JG Web: Tel: 08443 87 87 88 View My Profile Dr Moore

Can I get veneers free on the NHS?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

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 St Johns Dental Practice 18 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QJ Web:

Will my teeth shift after brace work if I don’t wear retainers?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

 In my teens I had four teeth removed and wore standard braces (on the NHS)for around 2.5 yrs. The results were great. I was given a retainer to wear at night and I remember that although I was good at first it wasn’t long until I started forgetting and eventually it got lost. Now I am hearing people say that a retainer is for life. Certainly no one every old me that! Now I’m worried that my teeth have shifted. I keep studying them in the mirror. Maybe I’m being paranoid – I’m still complimented on my teeth – but after all the discomfort I went through with braces I don’t want to risk them going crooked again.

Please can you tell me if it is possible that my teeth have moved over the years and could move in the future? They are pretty straight so I think if they have moved it has not been by that much. But if it is a gradual thing I am wondering if it’s worth me getting a retainer made to protect against movement in the future (and maybe do a little correction if there’s room for improvement). I’d be interested to know how much I might have to pay if there’s only a little correction needed. I’m sorry for the 101 questions!

Many thanks in advance, 

Dr Mark Hughes Harley Street Dental Studio 52 Harley Street, London W1G 9PY Web: Tel: 020 7636 5981 View My Profile Dr Hughes