Common Health Question
Dentures, bridges and veneers available on the NHS can be made of several different materials.
Ask your dentist what material they recommend, as some will be more suitable than others.
Dentures (false teeth) are fitted in place of natural teeth. You remove them yourself for cleaning. Dentures on the NHS can be made of:
A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge on the NHS can be made of:
Bridges may also be made of other non-metallic materials. You should ask your dentist what is most suitable for you.
A veneer is a new surface to fit over the front of a tooth. They're only available on the NHS if there's a clinical or medical need for them. Veneers are not available on the NHS just to improve the appearance of your teeth (cosmetic reasons).
Veneers on the NHS can be made of:
The shade of the veneer can be matched to your other teeth.
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