My Missing Teeth Types of treatment

Types of treatment

Different types of treatment

My Missing Teeth Types of treatment

When should dental treatment start?

The best time to start dental treatment will depend on a few factors.

How old you are and when the rest of your teeth grow into your mouth

How much your teeth bother you

The type of treatment you are having

Some treatments only work when you’re growing - for example, a type of brace called functional brace that changes how your teeth grow; or removing baby teeth to change how adult teeth grow.

Other treatments only work when you are an adult and have stopped growing – this is normally dental implants. If you are having dental implants the dental team might think it is best to wait to start all treatment until your older. This is to keep the treatment as short as possible.

The dental team will talk to you about the best time to start treatment.

How is dental treatment funded in the UK?

Teeth that are naturally missing because they did not grow (hypodontia) is a priority condition for the NHS. This means in most cases, the main treatment is funded by the NHS.

In the future you might need dental treatment to keep your teeth healthy. This can be NHS or private treatment and often there is a cost to you for this. Future dental treatment can include:

My Missing Teeth Types of treatment

Factors affecting funding for dental treatment

How many teeth you’re missing

If there are other options for replacing your missing teeth

Local services and commissioning

The dental team will tell you if they find anything else important when they are checking your teeth.

If the dental team recommend that you wait to start dental treatment this will not change whether you need to pay for treatment. Waiting for dental treatment is recommended based on clinical factors. It is not related to funding.

Your role in making treatment successful

If you decide you would like to have dental treatment, you can ask your dentist what you will need to do to get the best possible outcome.

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