General & restorative dentistry

   

Management of missing teeth

Replacing missing teeth can improve your appearance, reduce the strain on the remaining teeth, prevent "bite" problems, and prevent the development of gum disease and tooth decay due to food accumulating in the gap.

Bridges

A dental bridge enables one or more missing teeth to be replaced by attaching a false tooth (or teeth) to crowns placed on the neighbouring teeth - or mounted on implants - so that the gap can be "bridged". The completed bridge is securely fixed in place and cannot be removed.

Dental bridges are usually made of porcelain, and are colour-matched to blend in with your other teeth to give a natural appearance. With care, they can last 10-15 years provided that good dental hygiene and eating habits are maintained.

Dentures

The most common way to replace missing teeth is with a removable denture. A partial denture can replace a few missing teeth - or a complete denture may be needed to replace a whole set. If you have missing teeth, dentures can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak.

Dentures can be fitted immediately after having an extraction, so that nobody will know that you have had teeth out. These are called immediate dentures.

It can take time to get used to dentures and they will never feel like your own teeth. Your dentist will discuss the difficulties of wearing dentures as well as the benefits. Some people worry that others will be able to tell they are wearing a denture, but the appearance of dentures today is far better than ever before.

Complete dentures are made from acrylic (plastic). Partial dentures can be made from acrylic but can also be made with acrylic on a metal or chrome base. This type can feel lighter, less bulky and more secure, but are more expensive. Your dentist will be happy to discuss your suitability

Dentures are made over a period of 4 - 6 weeks with appointments approximately 1 week apart.

Dental implants

Working closely with our specialist colleagues we offer an implant referral service for this area of dentistry that can help to create an aesthetically pleasing smile and improve functioning by replacing missing teeth

Dental implants can offer a long-term solution to the problem of missing teeth - although they are not suitable for everyone, and it is important to have a careful dental assessment before deciding to go ahead.

Having an implant inserted is a specialist procedure that involves fixing a titanium peg directly into a socket drilled into the jaw bone, where it acts as a base for a restorative crown, or can be used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place.