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My friend is from the UK and has NHS cover but hasn't been

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My friend is from the UK and has NHS cover but hasn't been to the dentist in years - she's 45. I want her to be my bridesmaid in the summer. She has Type 1 diabetes and her teeth are in a bad state (I mention the diabetes because I think that might contribute to the bad teeth). I was in her bathroom recently and saw that she doesn't have a toothbrush - I think she relies on Listerine for fresh breath. Could you hazard a guess as to what teeth issues she could have and how much it might cost to fix them, so that she has a great smile for the photos? I realise that it's a difficult one, since you haven't seen her, and I'm just looking for advice so I know what to tell her if I bring it up. It's obviously a delicate issue and she may not even talk to me about it.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. K. replied 2 years ago.
Dr. K. :

Hello, this is Dr K.. Answers are not medical advice and do not constitute a doctor/patient relationship. I look forward to helping you today.

Dr. K. :

Tough question

Dr. K. :

This depends on whether her teeth are rotting or just bad.

Dr. K. :

Obviously not using a toothbrush is not helping with dental care. Diabetes increases risk of infection

Dr. K. :

If her teeth are rotted, she would need extraction and false teeth, quite expensive

Dr. K. :

If they are just bad, take a look at "veneers or porcelein veneers" which are(###) ###-####euro in your area

Customer:
Hi Dr. K, I'm not sure how I'd tell (or how she would) if her teeth are rotting or just bad? From what I can see, her front teeth are bad, they're not black. Maybe veneers would do the trick. Would I be able to send you a photo so that you could see what you think? I wonder also, would veneers work on teeth that were pretty uneven and ground down? E
Expert:  Dr. K. replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi, I was having bad trouble viewing the site and I've had a customer service person contact me with an explanation. So I can see it better, but I don't know what extra information you need? I can see my reply to your initial reply but only some of it and I can't see your response (I'm sure you did respond). You can e-mail me at the address I provided, if that's allowed. Also, the customer service agent told me I could send a photo, but I wonder, is the photo accessible to everyone who uses the site? I wouldn't like my friend to know I've been in touch. Regards, Emma

Expert:  Dr. K. replied 2 years ago.
Emailing is not allowed. The photo is viewable by anyone. Yes veneers can cover teeth that are ground down, not rotting teeth.
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