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Dental options...advice please. - Carers UK Forum

Dental options...advice please.

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Thirty years ago, after an accident I lost my two front teeth. I had them replaced by crowns on ‘posts.’ Now, one has dropped out and I am told the nerve won’t ‘take’ a like-for-like replacement. Initially my dentist told me he would refer me to a ‘specialist’ at a cost of £3,000, so ‘better start saving.’
Understandably I baulked at this and asked about a ‘plate.’ I believe that these would cost - NHS - £256. But now i am thinking that if a plate costs that amount (no matter how many teeth I ‘replace’ I could (I know how this sounds!), save some money by having the other 3 of the front 4 and replacing them all in one go.
Does anyone know if this might be a feasible option? Would a dentist countenance this? After all the other one will go, I am sure at some point.
Any advice gratefully received.

Thank you
Hi Alan.

A previous thread may well be of assistance here ... second posting down of mine :

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support- ... lit=dental
Thank you for this. We do get pension credit so I might be able to get costs reduced.

But I really need to know what might be the best way forward treatment-wise :)

Thank you again.
Your welcome.

Treatment wise ... only a dentist could answer that one ?
Yes, perhaps, but ~i feel i should gather some knowledge before the appointment. :)
Internet search , perhaps ?

I would imagine it would take a little time to narrow down precise options ?
Alan_190512 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:42 pm
Thirty years ago, after an accident I lost my two front teeth. I had them replaced by crowns on ‘posts.’ Now, one has dropped out and I am told the nerve won’t ‘take’ a like-for-like replacement.
I'm surprised to hear that you still have the nerve: I broke one of my top incisors at age twelve and was fitted with "caps" until my mouth was deemed to have finished growing when a crown was fitted.

That involved removing the nerve so that the post could be fitted in it's place, (and a hair raising experience it was too, I remember it well).
Alan_190512 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:42 pm
Thirty years ago, after an accident I lost my two front teeth. I had them replaced by crowns on ‘posts.’ Now, one has dropped out and I am told the nerve won’t ‘take’ a like-for-like replacement. Initially my dentist told me he would refer me to a ‘specialist’ at a cost of £3,000, so ‘better start saving.’
Understandably I baulked at this and asked about a ‘plate.’ I believe that these would cost - NHS - £256. But now i am thinking that if a plate costs that amount (no matter how many teeth I ‘replace’ I could (I know how this sounds!), save some money by having the other 3 of the front 4 and replacing them all in one go.
Does anyone know if this might be a feasible option? Would a dentist countenance this? After all the other one will go, I am sure at some point.
Any advice gratefully received.

Thank you
https://www.dentalhealth.org/dental-helpline

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Each call costs the charity £10 so we ask that you view our frequently asked questions first. These are the most common enquiries built on data spanning over two decades. You may also find our library of oral health information useful in answering some of your questions.

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I am not endorsing as I haven't used the helpline. Found on a web search.

https://www.dentalfearcentral.org/dental-forums/
You can go to private dentists and ask their opinions and costs, just like if you were buying anything else
I've had so much trouble with my teeth (genetic problem) that I've happily got rid of most of them. So much easier with plastic teeth, no pain anymore. If you go down the "plate" route, I'd certainly recommend the metal ones, but they are more expensive. No point in taking out teeth that are not troublesome though. You should be able to have a "bridge" just in the gap. I had one for years, after losing one of my lower front teeth. Very small, a tooth held in by the adjacent two teeth, and far less expensive!