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question (id # 1997)


Hi. I had my second premolar and first premolar done by my dentist. I wasn't advised that those teeth are not to have white fillings on nhs and I endured treatment where a silver filling was placed in. After discovering what was done to me I asked if I could have the white filling but was told white filling isn't covered by nhs. I paid 180 to have both teeth refilled with white filling. I wonder if this trarment should have been at least partially covered by nhs as I have maternity certificate and gave birth 4 months ago. Can you please advise me on this. Thank you Daniela (it doesn't help that the part of those two premolar teeth meant to be treated were ignored and instead the dentist drilled a huge hole inside of them rather than the external part that was and after this treatment again is painful.)

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question (id # 1865)


Hi, I have had a lot of problems with my teeth over the years and as a result my 4 front top teeth have all had root canals. These were over 10 years ago and now all 4 teeth are grey. Not only are they grey but large parts of them have been filled and they are now chipping easily.
I have asked my dentist about these several times and the answer I always get is that I should try and keep my own teeth as long as possible. This is really affecting my life now as I am very self conscious about them and very rarely smile. I also will not go out and meet new people because of them. Alot of my friends have been offered crowns on the NHS as soon as they have had a root canal on their front teeth or as soon as the teeth have started to discolour.
Is there anything I can do about this? I have been trying to save up to do something privately but as a single mother I always seem to have other priorities.

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question (id # 1827)


I am a female 63 y/o OAP, living in Scotland, and am NHS patient. Last week I had my lower left front tooth extracted, and a new replacement one added to my existing partial denture. IT looks awful, and nothing like a tooth!!! Do I have any recourse, i.e.can I ask my dentist to have it redone? I've had this partial denture for a number of years and regularly have my 6 monthly dental check-ups, where my teeth have been cleaned and polished -no other work has been done on my teeth...I only have 6 of them left.... as I have partial dentures top and bottom.

Thanking you in advance.

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question (id # 1757)


Hi, I have just endured 2 weeks of pain with an abscess between my front teeth, one is a crown as lost it in an accident.I require a root canal which they cannot do, due to a piece of equipment snapping into my tooth back in 2007 and blocking access into the root when i initially had it done, I have been told my only options are, a) having the 2 teeth removed, or b) referred to a specialist at a cost of approx 1000. I am a 36 year old femail and do not want my teeth removing, but I feel this is their fault leaving a piece of equipment in it for so long!

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question (id # 1724)


I know that you can get porcelien bonded crown on NHS on both the premolar tooth (no 4 & 5) on any arch. However, my dentist is refusing it and forcing me to pay 600 for the same porcelien bonded crown privately. He is NHS contracted dentist, so he has legal obligation to provide NHS treatments. I have got written treatment plan explaining that I need crown on that particular tooth for longeivity following a settled RCT done 9 months ago.

I am looking for material evidence something like NICE or GDC or BDA guidelines stating availability of PBC/VMK/tooth coloured crown on NHS for premolar tooth. I have spent few hours searching for reliable source for this information with no success. I hate rouge traders. I wont let them get away with it just like that.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

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question (id # 1643)


In November I had a plate done to the upper side.It has 2 wire to fix it, but very visible when talking.The quality of material was so poor so it broke in two pieces.The dentist said I can were it as it was.I went abroad and I saw a dentist there who told me is looks as a temporary one and a very bad quality.
I went back but the dentist said that NHS do not provide esthetical crowns and the new one will be same as the first , same material and same wire.If I needed something of good quality I need to go private.
I am pretty sure that I can have a quality one- not porcelain, but a decent one with no wire on NHS.Could you advice me please what I can do to have a decent quality crown done.
Thank you in advance.

question (id # 1625)


I have had a few dental problems regarding some deep cavities that have only been discovered in the past couple months, they were both invisible to the eye and one of them was a real mystery to my dentist as the outside shell of this particular molar looked very healthy and normal but after an X-ray because of severe pain I was going through she realized the whole inside of the tooth was gone, it had rotted away! She was very shocked! Anyway now I'm so paranoid about all my other teeth Id really like a full x ray of my entire mouth and all my teeth to make sure there are no more surprises and then other teeth end up totally destroyed. I am on job seekers allowance by the way, is it ok for me to ask my dentist out right for this full x ray? And why hasn't she suggested it anyway considering what has happened so far? Should I push for this x ray even if she is not keen? Also does anyone know if I am on job seekers allowance do I have to pay for a root canal and crown? I do not pay for appointments or check ups, how can they expect me to pay for costly treatments?! Any knowledge would be really appreciated! Thank you

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question (id # 1605)


I am 55year old I suffer from P.T.S.D (Traumas) on witnessing the UnNatural Death of my Father (Negligence) to his Leg from his GP to Hospital in 2002,
I have had bad luck myself with dentists in the past 20 years,
my previous NHS dentist I had a hole it was not small nearer my gum not below the tooth the filling had become discoloured he had filled my left upper front 2nd tooth to my 3rd tooth beside it leaving no gap in between, food would cling making it awkward could not floss in between I was not happy with his work,
I found a new NHS dentist last year I pointed out my front upper left side 2nd & 3rd teeth which were joined together he agreed with me that they were wrong he redone the filling,
the filling cracked came away from the tooth I went back to the dentist I also spoke to him about having a crown he told me that I had a cyst in the gum above the front 2nd tooth gave me a tempory filling & antibiotics and said if the cyst did not go the tooth needed to be extracted that was in the first week in february 2012, I had an appointment for the first week of march I was ill could not make it,
My filling started to crack in the middle I phoned the dentist told him what had happened he said oh dear,
and gave me an appointment for the 30th april
on the 5th april in the evening I bit into a slice of bread I felt a snap I felt my tooth it was loose thought it was the filling then it fell out of my mouth it was the the filling and my tooth together I have no tooth that you can see only whats left in my gum I went to the dentist next morning and was refused to be seen by the receptionist I became very upset as to what can I do go to the hospital can I have a crown root canal please tell me what I can do to save what is left this dentist has left two teeth that needs to be extracted one was a back bottom left gold crown that broke off and the right upper back tooth that has a big hole he said it was crumbling please help me Monica

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question (id # 1571)


On Sunday 15/01/2012 I had toothache, this toothache emanated from underneath a gold crown at the top right side of my mouth. This continued throughout the day & night and as a result I attended my NHS Dentist on Monday 16/01/2012. She examined & X-Rayed the tooth & determined that there was a minor infection in the root of the tooth beneath the gold crown. I asked for Antibiotics to remove the infection because it was causing me pain, she would not prescribe them, but instead cleaned under the gum of the infected tooth using a drill type implement and as a result my toothache became much worse, it became so bad I could not sleep, it was extemely painful so on Wednesday 18/01/2012 I saw the same Dentist again. She again cleaned under the gum of the infected tooth using a drill type implement & prescribed me Metronidazole 400mg antibiotics. On Thursday 19/01/2012 my face became extremely swollen so I again saw the same Dentist who prescribed amoxicillin 500mg antibiotics to take in addition to the Metronidazole, she advised me to attend the A & E department of the hospital if if became worse & went into my throat.On Friday 20/01/2012 it became worse, the infection spreading to my right eye & around my throat and as a result of this I saw my Doctor who stated that the antibiotics prescribed should resolve the problem, but both antibiotics should have been prescribed on Monday 16/01/2012 to remove the original minor infection and also the Dentist should not have cleaned around the gum area of the infected tooth because it would spread the infection. I completed the courses of antibiotics but some infection & swelling remained in my face so on Monday 30/01/2012 I again saw my Dentist who prescribed a further course of amoxicillin 500mg. She stated the because of all the trouble the tooth has caused that it would probably be best to extract it.I was concerned about the quality of treatment that I had received, so I sought a second opinion and on Wednesday 8/02/2012 I saw a private Dentist.He immediately ascertained the cause of the infection as a hole in the gold crown covering the infected tooth, he actually photographed this & showed me this a a screen, He stated that the tooth needed root canal treatment by an endondist & the crown replacing.I then examined the gold crown myself at home & saw the hole in the crown which is clear to see. On Thursday 9/02/2012 I went to see a different NHS Dentist at a different practice unconnected to my 1st NHS Dentist.Heexamined my teeth and the area in question. After the examination he never mentioned the hole in my gold crown so I told him about it, he stated that he had not seen it so looked again & saw it stating that it did not look like a proper hole, just a rough bit that needed keeping an eye on!! He X-Rayed the troublesome tooth & saw that there was some infection in it still, he stated that it was hard to tell if the tooth could be saved by root canal treatment, but in any case he could not do it because it was beyond his skills & he did not have the specialist equipment to do it with. If I wanted root canal treatment on that tooth he would have to refer me to a NHS Specialist at the Hospital & if he did this they would just send it straight back to him as the NHS will not pay for root canal treatment on a rear number 7 molar, they only pay for this treatment up to a number 6 molar. He said if I wanted the root canal treatment doing I would have to pay for it privately, the cost being approximately 500 plus the cost of private crown on top of that. He stated that it would be much better to extract the tooth, that it would not cause any undue problems as it was an end of a line of teeth.With regards to the above facts I have drawn my own conclusions which may or may not be correct and they are as follows;-A hole has been worn in the crown with constant use exposing the tooth & roots.This has allowed unwanted bacteria through & caused an minor infection.This infection has been made worse by a) not prescribing antibiotics to remove it even though it was causing me pain and b) spreading the infection by cleaning under the gum area of the infected tooth twice in three days.The 1st NHS Dentist would have seen the hole & realised that this was the possible cause of the infection but also realising that this would involve specialist root canal treatment & a new crown for a NHS fee of 204 which in reality would cost them much more to do because a) they would not be able to do it and b) they would have to refer me to a specialist, all of which would come out of their budget.The Dentist has chosen to ignore this hole, not inform me of its presence and blame the tooth so I would be more likely to choose the much cheaper option of having the tooth extracted.The 2nd NHS Dentist has done the same as the first Dentist and also I believe has lied to me about not seeing the hole in the crown and upon seeing it denied that it is an actual hole.All of this seems highly unlikely because the Private Dentist saw it immediately.I think that this tooth should be saved, it only has a minor infection in it and I believe that with skilled root canal treatment and a new crown it can possibly be saved although it would have to be assessed by a skilled endodontist first which I am being denied by the NHS Dentist. I would like your professional opinion on this situation please.

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question (id # 1569)


Hi,Just visted NHS dentist who advised me i needed root canal treatment.
The only option on NHS would be to extract the molar,but he could treat it private 460.
I this sound practice,also ask to pay in advance,of appointment 2 weeks away,
is this normal?

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question (id # 1566)


Hello there approximately 6 years ago i had a front crown fitted on the nhs, and it has now fallen out and has been misplaced, I am not registered with a nhs dentist and am struggling to find a new nhs dentist, My former dentist has moved surgery and is now only accepting private patients which include his former nhs patients.

My question is extraction or replacement. Obviously owing the the financial aspects of it, i am having no end of difficulty finding a dentist local to me to accept new nhs registrations, my question is how much can i expect to pay on the nhs to have a replacement crown made and also privately, i am trying to find the best sollution, would it be best to go to my ex nhs dentist and pay to have this work done privately as he may still have all my old records and x rays exc or is it better just to pay the private charges and have a extraction

question (id # 1565)


I have been told by my dentist that I need a bridge on one side of my mouth and a crown on the other.
When I asked how much this would cost on NHS i was told that she was unsure and that I would have to look it up on the internet. She offered me the private prices without hesitaion.
Should I be able to get both done for one band C charge or would it be two charges?

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question (id # 1524)


Hi,
I am 24 weeks pregnant and in need of some dental work but frightened of going to my dentist incase he tries to brush me off insisting I have my treatment privately. I have a tooth at the front of my mouth which has gone grey due to root canal, I also think I may need a couple of fillings also in teeth at the front of my mouth. Am I able to get the front teeth filled with white fillings and am I able to get my front tooth which has gone grey replaced with a porcelain crown on the NHS?
I have looked on the NHS website and it looks as it I may be able to do so, just wanted to get confirmation so that I know my rights when I do visit my dentist.

Many thanks

Clair

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question (id # 1512)


Hi, I have suffered from severe gum disease which got worse during pregnancy but now seems to be under control. This has however receded my gums leaving the black lines from 2 crowns visible, the area around the base is now extremely sensitive. Would I be able to have them replaced under the NHS this is making me very paranoid about my smile and just wish I could afford private cosmetic work :0(

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question (id # 1502)


Over a year ago a bridge I had fitted approx 29 yrs ago (it included one of my front teeth) fell out.My dentist told me I would now have to have a partial denture and at the time due to funds I agreed. Worst decision I have ever made, within a few weeks of me getting them and still in constant mouth pain my gums had begun to shrink and the denture looked unsightly and was practically invisible unless I lifted my upper lip up. It was approx 3mm shorter at the front than my other front tooth. I returned to see if anything could be done and was told he couldnt get away with providing me with another denture so soon but said he would refer me to another surgery for peridontal treatment and I could see if they would get another denture made for me. They were not happy but did fit a new partial denture and my constant pain and ulcers continued. Months later at my next check up I explained the discomfor still, and the second pair were as unsightly as the first pair. I cant eat properly and am extremely consious as they are practically undetectable in my mouth due to them sinking into my gum. The dentist said if I was suffering to come back and not to suffer. I was and still am using at least a bottle of cortosone each week, at least two tubes fixative and am on co codamol painkillers. I did go back a month later but then was told they could do nothing, that I needed a metal denture at approx 500 (and being a single mother couldnt and still cant afford it) as its been nearly 18 months of constant mouth ulcers and pain why wont the NHS provide at least some of the cost towards a metal denture. I am absolutely sick of the constant discomfort and find myself moving them around in my mouth to ease them, that is till i catch someone looking at me. I have aged ten years since I got them with my appearence and more importantly cant stand much more of the pain they are causing me - he did suggest another alternative - not wear any. Caring dentist eh? is there no way of getting a metal denture on NHS
Thanks

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question (id # 1473)


I have just paid 680 pounds for 2 teeth crowned (first and second molar i think) and at the top of both the teeth there is a slight black/dark line on the smile side and on the inside (near roof of mouth) there is a black line that is about 1.5mm on both of them. Is this normal?? i assumed that by paying for white crowns they would be all white and look natural. .... the temporary crowns actually went to the gum leaving no black areas, should it be white to the gum on inside and out?My name is Lorraine I spoke to you a couple times regarding my dental treatment,  I just wanted to thank you for the advice you gave me while i was having a problem with my NHS dentist, regarding 2 'white crowns'!!


 


Feed Back  August 2010




After talking to you I went back to my dentist armed with the facts and he completely changed his tune! He redone both crowns and replaced them with porcelain. I am happy!




(Lets hope they last!) He has now left and gone back to wherever he is from after being here a few years, but at least I got what I paid for in the end! I hope!




Thanks again!

In future I will certainly ask more questions when dealing with my dentist!

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question (id # 1404)


I have a friend wanting to use a the NHS in Cirencester after being involved in a good Private practice for 12 Years and aftr being very happy. He feels that its free and that the dentist seems very nice .Does the panel have an opinion on the difference between Private treatment and NHS treatment, is he putting his dental health at unnecessary risk?Will anygood Private treatment be undone?

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The following questions were not orginally posted in this category, but may be related:

question (id # 1368)


I have been advised by my NHS Dentist that I require root canal treatment. I have the option of having it carried out on the NHS or privately. The cost my NHS Dentist quoted to me for private treatment is £700 for the root canal treatment and £400 for a white crown. I think this is quite expensive compared to estimates I have seen here and on other websites. Do I have to accept the private dentist that my NHS Dentist refers me to? Or if I am able to choose my own, if so will this affect my relationship with my NHS Dentist (i.e. ongoing treatment)?

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question (id # 1379)


Hello, about 5 years ago, I was diagnosed at King's walk in clinic with cracked molars and was told I needed composite fillings which the NHS would not fund. When I say cracked teeth, I mean they are cracked right down to the base of the root. I have since had two composite fillings privately. The second one broke/cracked within the first week. Can I ask where I stand with regards cracked teeth requiring composite fillings and the NHS? I've gone for 4 years without treatment of the filling that cracked/leaked, because I cannot afford the exhorbitant private fees. I would be most grateful for any clarification. I am desperate to get my teeth fixed as I've not been eating well for years as the foods I really like (fresh fruits, raw vegetables, salads) I'm unable to eat as they cause pain even at room temperature. I don't experience pain when eating cooked foods (which I don't really like) or non-fluidy foods. I think it's the fluid content in the raw fruit and vegetables that's causing the pain. I am also convinced that the chronic 'infection' in the tooth in question has caused my weight loss. I am now clinically underweight. It's also extremely embarrassing because there is a bad smell that is gettinig progressively worse which I am convinced is caused by the broken/leaky composite filling. On the other side of the mouth, I'm unable to chew because the pressure of biting down causes pain rather than temperature. I think these teeth are also cracked.



I hope what I've written gives a clear picture and would be extremely grateful for your input.



Many thanks.

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question (id # 1337)


I am a 30 year old female. Two months ago, I had a new crown fitted on my front tooth. I broke this as a child and due to an abcess had to have root canal treatment which also left me with a very dark gum.



My last porcelain crown had developed an unsightly black line below the gum over the years and therefore I decided to have it replaced.



I am an NHS patient but paid £500 for my dentist to replace the crown privately. Unfortunately, the new crown, although an improvement on the previous one, still has a black line which I immediately pointed out. My dentist referred me to see her collegue who is more experienced for a second opinion and I saw him today.



He said that I have been fitted with a ceramic crown with a metal base. He feels the problem could be either the metal base of the crown is visible or the dark root is showing through. Apparently, I have thin gums.



I have been told I can either have a new porcelain crown fitted, have my gum and root bleached or have a skin graft which is very invasive.



I feel the problem is the metal base as the temporary crown I had whilst I was waiting for this to be made, looked very good at the gum line and had no black line. I'm not so concerned with the dark gum as this is not as visible.



I have already paid a significant amount of money and feel unhappy to pay for another crown. Should my dentist have used a crown with such a visible metal base to begin with?



Many thanks

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question (id # 1225)


I had a root canal treatment on the NHS and it has failed. I am not sure whether to go to a specialist or not .What chances of success are there? It's the third tooth from the back ,I am not sure I want to have it pulled out , I already have a gap next to it, so I am not sure what will happen next.




 


 Please advise me , it was also a painful treatment,




 


 

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question (id # 1430)


My dentist says that I need root canal treatment. He has given me the choice of either having this done on the NHS at about 40 or to go private at a cost of 300. He says that the latter will be far more likely to be successful.


Could you give me an idea please, of the merits of paying for private care and what are the success rates of both methods?


In short - is it worth paying what is really a sizeable amount of money? I would really appreciate some help in making my decision.
Many thanks.

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question (id # 1466)


I have a large gap inbetween my two front teeth which causes me distress and depression , I am now signed with a NHS dentist who are giving me porcelain crowns,

I went to have my temporary ones fitted and noticed the dentist had only done one tooth, I go back in 2 weeks to have the perminant crown fitted, but she told me I have to wait 3 months before they do my other tooth.. Why is that?

I'm more self conscious now as I have two completely different teeth ,my natural tooth is long and slim and the crowned tooth is short and rounded and it is very noticeable, why do I have to wait so long? is there anyway of doing my other tooth? asap 3 months is so long :


Thank you,

 


 

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question (id # 1490)


Hello, I had a NHS crown fitted in August on my front tooth. After it was fitted there was a black gap big enough that food got caught in it and it looked horrible. I have been back today to talk to my dentist but she said all she can do is putting a composite filling in which she did. It doesn't look great and I am so unhappy but I don't know what to do. Is that normal procedure? I hope you can help

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question (id # 1499)


I have had my front tooth veneered on the nhs as it was discolouring. I'm really not happy about it. It's massive, longer than my other front tooth and almost crosses over my other tooth and its reaslly thick. can anything be done?

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question (id # 1503)


i have been undergoing treatment with an nhs dentist. at first she decided that she didn't want to do the treatment and referred me to a consultant at oldham hospital who after 2 years of visits outlined a list of treatment that my dentist was to perform, since going back to my dentist she has made very little progress and my teeth are now in a far worse state than when i started treatment, i have now been informed that i may have gum disease which means she is no longer willing to do any treatment or treat the gum decease after 4 years of waiting for my teeth to be fixed i have now lost all faith in my dentist and feel she is not competent enough to do the treatment that the specialist recommended ..how can i get referred back to the consultant or referred to a dental hospital to have my teeth fixed, i have contacted private dentists who advise that the treatment should be no problem

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question (id # 1502)


Over a year ago a bridge I had fitted approx 29 yrs ago (it included one of my front teeth) fell out.My dentist told me I would now have to have a partial denture and at the time due to funds I agreed. Worst decision I have ever made, within a few weeks of me getting them and still in constant mouth pain my gums had begun to shrink and the denture looked unsightly and was practically invisible unless I lifted my upper lip up. It was approx 3mm shorter at the front than my other front tooth. I returned to see if anything could be done and was told he couldnt get away with providing me with another denture so soon but said he would refer me to another surgery for peridontal treatment and I could see if they would get another denture made for me. They were not happy but did fit a new partial denture and my constant pain and ulcers continued. Months later at my next check up I explained the discomfor still, and the second pair were as unsightly as the first pair. I cant eat properly and am extremely consious as they are practically undetectable in my mouth due to them sinking into my gum. The dentist said if I was suffering to come back and not to suffer. I was and still am using at least a bottle of cortosone each week, at least two tubes fixative and am on co codamol painkillers. I did go back a month later but then was told they could do nothing, that I needed a metal denture at approx 500 (and being a single mother couldnt and still cant afford it) as its been nearly 18 months of constant mouth ulcers and pain why wont the NHS provide at least some of the cost towards a metal denture. I am absolutely sick of the constant discomfort and find myself moving them around in my mouth to ease them, that is till i catch someone looking at me. I have aged ten years since I got them with my appearence and more importantly cant stand much more of the pain they are causing me - he did suggest another alternative - not wear any. Caring dentist eh? is there no way of getting a metal denture on NHS
Thanks

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question (id # 1505)


I have had a back molar prepared for the fitting of a crown. My previous dentist told me I had 3 options with NHS treatment (Gold, silver or white) or I could opt for a porcelain crown if I wanted to pay privately. I decided that I would go with the NHS white crown, even though it is on a back tooth I really dont want a gold or silver tooth. I have spent alot of time and money replacing my silver fillings with white ones. My new dentist has told me that due to the state of the tooth, my only option is a gold or silver crown. I am extremely upset at this and wondered 2 things:
1. If there is too much decay in a tooth, is a Gold/Silver crown really the only option?
2. Is there actually an NHS treatment that provides a white coloured crown?
Thank you

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question (id # 1525)


My husbands teeth are costing 1500-2000 a year to maintain, his dentists are maintaining what he has by root canal, crowns and fillings, he has about 2 abscesses in the last 2 years. The cost is starting to become crippling, currently this year so far alone at just over 1500.

They wont give us any alternatives, we have asked them about implants but they just tell us to keep having the current course of treatment ie, crowns etc.

Are implants cheaper long term, but as most of his teeth are crowned/root canal led this would probably mean a fortune, or would dentures be a good idea. My husband is worried about jaw shrinkage if he has a denture.

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question (id # 1534)


I have just had a silver crown fitted on the NHS, to replace a 20yr gold, back lower molar crown which had developed decay underneath. After the fitting I felt pressure to the next teeth as if it was too big (wide not high). The dentist attempted to drill/shape the crown to make it more comfortable and has asked me to go back next week for a review and polish. I am concerned because I cannot get floss between the teeth either side of the crown. What I would like to know before seeing my dentist again is how much is it possible to improve the situation with the crown in situ. Ie. how possible is it to improve the fit of the crown and is it likely to damage the teeth either side if he starts drilling down the sides. If I am unhappy that I cannot floss can I reasonably ask for the crown to be replaced? And if they leave the crown as is, can it cause damage to the teeth either side.
The bite itself seems ok, thankfully.
I would be grateful for any advice.

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question (id # 1543)


Hi there,

After a few visits to my NHS dentist and some testing, he has found that I need a root canal treatment on one of my teeth.

The bottom front tooth (the one on the right, at the very front of the set of bottom teeth).

He has given me two options; NHS and Private.

After discussing with him the differences between the two, he has told me, with Private treatment:

1. The 'files' used to get through the canal are different and more intricate. With different sized files. Where as with the NHS it's all one size.
2. The material used to fill the canal afterwards is different as well.

What I'd like to know is:

1. As this tooth is quite small with a single canal right at the front of my teeth. Does this mean that the difference between doing it Privately or through the NHS would be very little? Considering the price difference is quite large (either 250 or 75)?

Thanks for your help!

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question (id # 1545)


Hi, im getting root canal done at greenhead dental practice, i started it on my checkup appointment so havent had much done, just got a temporary white filling so far(toothless until my next appointment in a just over weeks time) im having to get it done because my decayed tooth had become to weak and cracked off. my dentist has give me a plan, on this it says ''Crown - Porcelain bonded to Non- precious metal''(does this mean he has chose this crown and i dont have a choice) because through research and asking people i found that gold crowns are the best as theyre stronger and longer lasting etc. im having it done on my lateral incisor, im not bothered about all my teeth looking the same colour as i care more about it lasting long. can i choose if i want a gold one? Also, im paying 204 for my treatment, is the crown included or would i have to pay extra?

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question (id # 1631)


My new nhs dentist referred me to the hospital as she felt my gums needed specialist help. The specialist refused to treat me and just diagnosed. He said I need root planing, upper and lower partial dentures. Re align 11 and carry out splinting. New crowns from 14 to 23. The nhs dentist said this is outside her remit and I have been referred to a private dentist. I am seeing someone this week. Any advice you can give would be really gratefully received.

I have been going to various dentists as I just knew my gums and teeth we're not right and this latest dentist picked up on it straight away, but now I am left with it his problem.
Please advise me. Many thanks

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question (id # 1632)


Hi please can you tell me if a bridge tooth on the NHS is a lot worse than having it done privately with a porcelain one? Im trying to make my mind up as there is a big price difference between the two. What makes the private one a lot better? Many thanks

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question (id # 1634)


I had root canal treatment last year on one of my back teeth with a cap, the cause was a hairline crack in my tooth which in turn caused pain when I ate and drank. The treatment has been a complete success. My question is how much should this treatment have cost me on the NHS. I paid 204, but on reading information (and following a statement on the news this morning) I feel that I may have paid too much. If this is the case, how do I get my money back without ruining the relationship I have with my dentist?

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question (id # 1635)


Hi,

Last week part of my no 2 molar borke of at the back between the two teeth, this is from a weekend tooth I believe as there is a large filling in the tooth.
At my NHS dentist he advised a filling.
I informed him I would like a more permanent option as I have had this happen before on another tooth and feel a filling is possibly weakening the tooth, I.e I would like a crown.

My dentist told me that he recommends a filling on the tooth as it will cost 200 for a crown.
I informed him that I am currently on maternity exemption having given birth in October 2011.

Having had a check up and X-rays only a month or so before I reminded the dentist if this, should there be any sign of disease on the X-rays, but he changed the subject.
He again xrayed my teeth and urged me out.
He did not ask if I was in any pain. I have been, my jaw was painful and felt like I had a lump on it.

The dentist stated again that he recommends a filling and for me to go away and think about it.

I tried to ask questions about both options positives and negatives but was given very limited responses.

I feel that the dentist only wants a cheap quick fix for NHS fees and that is why he recommends a filling. He did not want to listen to my concerns or give me details on options.

Having searched the Internet for the options I am still leaning towards requesting a crown.

Any advise would be much appreciated.

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question (id # 1646)


Hi, i wanted to know if it is possible to get my front 2 teeth filed down by nhs and if it is free or do i have to pay and how much?

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question (id # 1671)


Over the weekend , with no prior warning i.e pain or sensitivity, I developed swelling and tenderness in my gums which quickly spread to my right cheek. I sought an emergency appointment with my NHS Dentist. I found that the Dentist I was registered with for the past 30 years and whom I trusted has retired and therefore saw the new dentist who has taken over the practice.

In brief, he recommended that I have the offending tooth extracted (upper back double tooth) The reasons he gave me are that root canal work on back teeth is complex, more prone to failure and results cannot be guaranteed. I agreed to extraction as a treatment option following a course of anti-biotics, but in retrospect I'm not happy about this decision & would prefer to at least try to save the tooth. It has been filled previously, but seems quite solid with no obvious crumbling or decay. I cannot afford private treatment but would like to know if trying to save the tooth through my NHS Dentist ought to be a viable option and if I should question my Dentist's recommendation?

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question (id # 1699)


I have just had a new partial denture, upper and lower, after 1 week they are very loose so I cannot eat properly as they fall out. I don't want to use fixadent all the time and it only lasts about 3 hours. I paid 209 for these dentures on the NHS, shouldn't the dentist have made sure they are a proper tight fit? Can I insist that he alters them and would I have to pay again? These dentures were to replace ones I had in already from 1 year ago when I had a couple of teeth out so I could understand the previous pair being loose but not new 1 week old ones.

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question (id # 1708)


What the difference, quality wise, between a NHS porcelain crown and a private crown costing 500.

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question (id # 1709)


My son has just gone to his local NHS dentist as he has been having a nagging ache in his rear tooth for some time. The dentist has told him his tooth is dead and need extracting. He has been told that there is no option of root canal as the 'gum has grown over the root' and they therefore cannot get to the root to treat it. I've never heard of this before. Is this plausable?
Thanks

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question (id # 1741)


Ok....long story ...here goes.
Had a bit of pain after giving birth on left side of mouth. Dentist did X-ray and said it was a previous root cannalled tooth which showed had only been half done by an nhs dentist about 5/6 years ago. He said I had two options have tooth extracted for free or pay 800 to have it treated by a specialist endodontist. Had been pain free for about 6 months but decided to get it it done as I didnt want to lose my tooth or it flare up again at an inconvenient time etc. so went and had the treatment. A day later ...excruciating pain. Went to nhs dentist who seemed to think pain was coming from tooth 6 the treated molar. After wrangling with the endodologist he offered me a ct scan and I did the 200 mile trip to sort out the pain. Ct scan showed that tooth 6 was ok and my pain was definitely coming from tooth 7 which had a hole underneath the filling. I asked if it needed root treatment to do it there and then because I didn't want to come back again. He announced after opening it up it defnately didnt need root treatment and he spent two hours dressing it and filling it. This ost me 400!!! didn't subside and a week later after many trips to nhs dentist....he has worked out that tooth 7 needs a root treatment. Yet again options have it out or go back to endo. Said I would only go ack to endo if they did it free of charge...he seem to think that wouldn't be an option. I have a maternity exemption card but have received total substandard care and I am very upset...what should I do. I don't want to go back to endo.

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question (id # 1767)


I am an NHS patient and have been quoted 600 to replace a gold crown on a back tooth. I have spoken to receptionists at three other dentists (who have waiting lists for new patients but I need the crown now) who said they would charge only about 450. I have queried the price with my dentist but they say it is up to the practice director. Am I being charged too much or is this normal. I have been offered the lesser charges for porcelain or metal but as I had so little trouble with the gold one that lasted over 30 years this is what I would prefer. But I am struggling to find so much money all at once. Please could you put my mind at rest or advise what I could do. Thank you.

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question (id # 1790)


Hi, I join a NHS dentist that also do private only found that out when I had a check up as my root canal filing from 20 years ago felt a bit sensitive, and she said it hadn't been done properly it is fine now, anyway I paid £18 for the check up and X-ray, she wants to re do my root canal for £31 which is fine, but also wants to charge me privately £40 for a Hygienist and £500 for a crown, my gums are perfectly healthy and my tooth is not sensitive at the moment so why do I have to some of it as private if I thought I was registering for a NHS dentist? And do you know of any National health dentist where I could pay for crown instead of paying privately. Salaries are extremely low where I live and I cannot afford private.

Many thanks,

Georgia.

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question (id # 1793)


I am an NHS patient and was fitted with a front crown less than 6 months ago. Too my utter horror, while at a friends BBQ it came out and got lost, we tried in vain to look for it. As it is a front tooth I am very self conscience. My question is, as it obviously should not have come out so unexpectedly soon and has been lost, could I reasonably expect be able to get another NHS replacement without any difficulties? as I'm concerned I might be refused and being out of work I cannot afford to pay.

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question (id # 1820)


Hello - Last time I went to my dentist, who I have been with for over 20 years (and am now in a minority of NHS patients at this practice) I pointed out that there were holes in two of my silver-coloured crowns. I was told that they were 'just one of those things' and not detrimental to the teeth beneath them even though I am feeling pain on eating/ drinking hot and cold food in these teeth. I feel that my dentist is not really interested in doing anything further to them as its not cost-effective. I also feel that these silver crowns which have been there for only a couple of years are not very robust compared with the previous gold crowns, which I am told the NHS no longer offer (although they are mentioned on the NHS website!) What is the best thing to do bar finding another dentist? Thank you

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question (id # 1831)


Hello,
I have got one of my tooth root canalled. That was four years ago. I had pain recently and the XRay revealed that there is an infection. I consulted a NHS dentist. He said I have to consult a 'root canal repairing' specialist and the charge would be approximately 350. He was not aware if I have to additionally pay for the crown. I followed the dentist's suggestion (I have no other option) and taken an appointment with the specialist next week.
However, I notice that NHS dentistry charges only for cosmetic surgery. My case does not come under cosmetic. So, why am I asked to pay outside the NHS bands? Is the dentist right that he is charging as a private treatment?

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