Missing Teeth

Are you missing a tooth or teeth? Perhaps you are putting up with a partial or full denture that is increasingly uncomfortable? If either of these scenarios is the case, then you must consider dental implants as a way of getting your quality of life back.

Dental implants are the ideal way of replacing missing teeth and are actually stronger than the natural teeth that they replace. Leaving that gap in your teeth isn't a long-term option; over time the remaining teeth will move into the gap and can cause all sorts of unforeseen issues.

If you have a difficult or uncomfortable denture, dental implants can also be the answer. The latest dental techniques now allow us to fit a fixed set of teeth on a number of dental implants. Imagine never having to choose the soup over steak in the restaurant again?! It can be difficult for those without dentures to understand the constant, low level aggravation and discomfort associated with them. We do understand and can help you escape them.

What is involved?

Initially we will see you for a consultation to see if you are suitable for dental implants. Most adults are, but we will need to carry out a full check and take x-rays. At this stage we can explain how the treatment will proceed and answer any questions that you may have. We can also advise on payment options.

If you are happy to proceed we will arrange an appointment at which the implant(s) will be placed. Depending on the number of implants placed, we will advise you on how long this will take. The procedure is straightforward and simply involves us lifting a flap of gum, and placing a titanium implant into your jawbone as a new 'root'. Once this appointment is concluded, we will arrange to see you again in a couple of weeks just to ensure that all is as it should be. We generally then leave the titanium root for around 3 months so that it can fuse properly into the jawbone. After this, we will then arrange an appointment with you to come back in so that we can place a life-like, beautiful porcelain restoration on top. That's it - you have a beautiful new tooth (teeth) that should last a lifetime.

Dental Implants

Have you lost all or some of your natural teeth? Bridges, dentures and flexible dentures are not the only solution, thanks to advances in modern dentistry. Have you heard of dental implants? Implant dentistry offers a clinically proven and safe solution to getting a great smile back and being able to bite and chew with confidence.

 

This is how they work: 

  1. Dental implants are small metal screws that are placed in the jaw in place of a missing tooth.

  2. Once established, crowns, bridges and dentures can be fixed onto the implants, creating a natural-looking and stable restoration.

Life Benefits:

  • When you lose your natural teeth, your jaw bone and surrounding tissues start to resorb or disappear over time. When implants are placed in the jaw, it stimulates the remaining bone to grow and mesh around the metal, along with tiny blood vessels, preventing bone loss.

  • Retained bone structure prevents the face from acquiring a ‘sunken’ look. 

  • Implants help restore function so you can eat, chew and bite as usual.

  • Implants are a natural-looking way to replace missing teeth.

 

Dentures

If you have a few or all of your teeth missing, one solution is to have a denture.

 

Here is how it works: 

  1. A denture is made from hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance.

  2. After impressions are taken, a denture is designed in a dental laboratory.

  3. Dentures are made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove them for cleaning. 

When you wear a denture for the first time it may take some getting used to when speaking or eating and chewing.  It is important that you take extra care when conducting your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. The hygienist will be able to show you how to best take care of your denture and gums and will tell you about specialised brushes you can use to do this.

Life Benefits:

  • A solution to replacing several missing teeth.

  • Designed to give you a natural-looking smile.

 

Bridges

If you require a more extensive restoration than a crown or have more than one tooth that needs to be repaired, a good solution is a bridge.

 

Here is how they work: 

  1. Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base, which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard-wearing. If you need a bridge in your smile line, porcelain is usually added to the base to make it look more like real teeth. 

  2. A bridge helps to strengthen the prepared teeth and makes chewing and eating easier because they are fixed and can’t come out.

  3. Some bridges can also be fixed to your jaw with dental implants, if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing. 

Once you have a bridge fitted, you will have to take extra care during your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and does not cause bad breath. 

Life Benefits:

  • A sturdy way to restore several teeth in a row.

  • Beautiful, natural-looking restoration.

  • Restores the ability to chew and eat as before.

 

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