If you need some kind of work done on your teeth, then your first port of call will no doubt be with your NHS dentist. There are a lot of treatments they can provide, although in most cases treatments like teeth whitening, dental implants, and veneers are left to private care.
For all treatments available on the NHS however, there’ll be some degree of cost you’ll have to cover. Unlike other medical issues, dentistry is only subsidised by the NHS.
Your dentist will be able to walk you through whether or not your treatment is available under NHS care, and how much it’ll cost. If your treatment isn’t covered under the NHS and private care is the only option, then be sure to get in touch today for your free quote on veneers, crowns, or dental implants Turkey.
Braces are available under NHS care for children and in some circumstances adults, who need to straighten and improve the appearance of their teeth.
Braces are either removable so that they can be cleaned or glued to the teeth, and will be made of metal, plastic, clear plastic, or ceramic. In most cases, only the orthodontist will be able to remove them.
A dental bridge is one of a number of options available when one or more teeth have gone missing. To create a bridge, an impression of the neighboring teeth will be taken, which will then provide support to the bridge.
Bridges are usually fixed within the mouth, made of porcelain and precious metal, and are removable, unlike dentures.
A crown works as a cap to cover either a real tooth or a dental implant and is usually made of porcelain, ceramic, or metal.
Crowns can fit a broken, decayed, or otherwise damaged tooth, which will have to be drilled down to the shape of a peg, upon which the crown will be placed.
- Dental Implants
Dental implants are a fixed option for lost or damaged teeth and can be used to replace one or more teeth.
The implant itself is a small titanium screw, which is placed deep into the jawbone where it fuses with the surrounding tissue. On top of the implant can sit a crown, denture, or bridge.
Dental implants aren’t usually available under the NHS, so private treatment is typically the only way to go.
Dentures, otherwise known as false teeth, are custom made metal or plastic teeth used to replace either a full set or one or more lost teeth.
Dentures are a removable solution, and they’ll need to be cleaned regularly. If you were to have a full set of dentures, then they’ll need to be soaked overnight in a special solution.
Over time, decay can cause a hole to appear within a tooth, and this is where fillings come in. There are a number of different types of filling, but the most common is an amalgam, made of copper, mercury, silver, tin, and zinc.
Depending on the requirements of each job, your dentist will be able to offer whichever type of filling is most appropriate, including white fillings if necessary.
- Lost or Broken Teeth
Losing or breaking a tooth is a fairly common occurrence, and there are a few options available should you experience one or the other. If the tooth just has a simple enough chip, then a non-emergency appointment with the dentist can get it smoothed out, filled, or a crown applied.
In cases where the tooth is pretty seriously damaged or knocked out altogether, then you’ll want to see your dentist right away. He or she may decide to fit a bridge or a denture, or if you’ll need an implant, then you’ll receive a referral to a dental hospital.
The NHS can provide any of these treatment options.
- Root Canal Treatments
When an infection takes hold at the centre of a tooth, root canal treatments come to the rescue. If left too long, the infection can spread from the nerve or blood supply, and without treatment, the tooth may need to be removed.
When undergoing treatment, the root canal system will be cleared of the infection, and the root canal will be filled before the tooth is sealed off with either a crown or a filling, which will help to prevent another infection occurring.
- Scale and Polish
With a scale and polish, the hygienist will give your teeth a deep and thorough clean. Over time tartar can build upon and around the teeth, and this treatment will see it carefully removed and taken care of.
- Teeth Whitening
As the name would suggest, teeth whitening treatments make the teeth lighter by bleaching them, though you shouldn’t expect to reach a brilliant white. Whitening is only really able to lighten the existing colour of your teeth by a couple of shades.
The typical teeth whitening procedure involves a number of trips to the dentist, with some additional whitening sessions with a mouthguard and bleaching gel at home over the course of a couple of months. A newer laser whitening procedure however can be done in the space of an hour at the dentist’s surgery.
Since teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment, it won’t be available in most cases under the NHS. If it’s for a clinical need, however, such as a nerve dying and a tooth turning black, then it might be able to be done as an NHS procedure.
Veneers are essentially special caps to cover the front of a tooth that’s become discolored. To fit a veneer, the front of the tooth will need to be drilled back slightly in order to fit it over the front of the tooth.
Most veneers are made of a very thin layer of porcelain, and much like before, unless there’s a clinical need for veneers, they’re typically only available privately.
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
As the wisdom teeth start to eventually come through they can often cause problems, especially if they become impacted. This is where they grow in at a slight angle, or only come out partially after getting stuck.
NHS treatment covers the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, although there may be a charge. If you’re referred to a hospital to have them removed though, chances are there won’t be.