Missing Teeth

Bridges

Bridges are a solution for spaces. They do not replace teeth but are an alternative to having spaces where teeth have been lost or are absent. Traditionally bridges have been made from gold, then porcelain fused to metal but as both of these options can produce teeth that do not look natural, ceramics have now been developed that are a more aesthetic solution. Some bridges can also be fixed to your jaw with dental implants, if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing.

An all-ceramic bridge has no metal component and mimics natural teeth very closely and also has the advantage of being very strong and so is a long lasting solution. This is more aesthetic way to fill spaces and restore the surrounding teeth, creating a more natural-looking smile.

Here is how they work:

1. The tooth/teeth that will hold the bridge is/are prepared as minimally as possible to preserve remaining tooth structure

2. Impressions are taken of your teeth and are sent to the dental laboratory where the bridge will be made by a dental technician

3. Whilst it is being made, you will wear a temporary bridge or crown/s

4. When your bridge is ready we will bond it into place using a special adhesive, after removing the temporary restorations.

5. Your restored tooth will not only look like a real tooth but also function like one, allowing you to bite, chew and eat without any discomfort.

6. Once you have a bridge fitted, you will have to take extra care in your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and that you can prevent bad breath and decay that will cause early failure. One of our dental hygiene team will help you to keep your new bridge and natural teeth safe and healthy.

Thanks to advances in digital technology (called CAD/CAM) such restorations can be made using a special milling machine for example CEREC. This means you will need less visits to the dentist to have your tooth restored however, the outcome is the same in both cases.


Life benefits

– Avoids having to wear removable dentures/ false teeth

– Preserves remaining tooth structure in vulnerable surrounding teeth

– Long-term aesthetic and functional solution

– Natural-looking restoration

Dentures

If you have a few or all of your teeth missing, one solution is to have a denture. Dentures are a removable prosthesis that fits around natural teeth (partial denture) or replaces all the teeth (full denture) in either upper, lower or both jaws. The base may be made of a gum coloured plastic or metal may be used to help it stay in place more securely. The teeth are made of either plastic or ceramic and will be matched for you to ensure they look as natural as possible.

Here is how the process works, the process usually takes around 6 appointments overall:

  1. Impressions are taken of both jaws
  2. A denture is designed to fit over your gums, where your teeth used to be, and against remaining teeth if any remain.
  3. The denture is tried in in wax to check its appearance and to ensure you are happy with the appearance
  4. Then finished and produced in plastic &/ with metal
  5. We check you a couple of weeks later and any necessary adjustments can be made

When you wear a new denture it will take time to get used to it. On average it takes around 3 months of constant wearing before it feels like it is part of you. You will need to persevere in getting used to speaking, eating and chewing.

It is important that you take extra care in your oral 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 missing teeth
  • Designed to give you a natural-looking smile

Denture Stabilisation

If you have loose or ill-fitting dentures, your ability to eat and speak may become affected. Due to advances in dentistry, there is now a procedure whereby your denture can be fixed to your jaw with dental implants. This treatment, known as implant overdentures or denture stabilisation, offers patients with dentures a more permanent solution and can improve your quality of life significantly. You will be able to enjoy your favourite foods again and feel comfortable smiling, safe in the knowledge that your dentures are staying put.

Here is how it works:

  1. You will require surgery to have the implants placed into your jaw.
  2. Once the implants have integrated with the bone and surrounding tissues for a period of time, your dentures are placed on top of the implants through a range of special fixtures.
  3. This means your dentures can still be removed for cleaning, but will stay put once in place.

Life benefits:

  • Enjoy a natural-looking smile and improved confidence in public
  • Experience less irritation of your gums caused by dentures and you don’t need to take your teeth out at night
  • You can eat, chew and bite without your dentures falling out or having to stick to a soft food diet for the rest of your life.

Dental Implant Options

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 back a great smile and being able to bite and chew with confidence.

This is how they work:

  1. Dental implants are metal screws that are placed in the jaw where teeth are missing
  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.
  • Implants help restore function so you can eat, chew and bite as usual
  • Implants are a natural-looking way to replace missing teeth

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