When teeth are missing it can affect us in so many ways, how we chew and the foods we eat, how we smile and the confidence we have. There are several ways to replace missing teeth and which way we do replace them depends on many factors. First we will find out what you like and don’t like about your teeth and smile and then we will assess all the dental tissues including the supporting dental bone and structures.
Once we have all the information we require we will discuss in detail the options available to you plus the time scales to expect and the costs involved. You may still need further time to consider these options and you will have easy communication with your dental team to be able to achieve this.
Dental Implants are permanent fixed solutions to replace missing teeth. They are considered to be the closest feeling and performing to your own natural teeth. For dental implants to be successful they need to be placed into healthy supporting bone and then maintained well at home between dental appointments.
Dental implants can be used to support a single tooth, similar to a crown or used to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. They can also be used to replace all your teeth by using bridges supported by four to six implants placed in one dental arch. Dental implants can also help stabilise a loose denture by giving the denture something fixed to attach to.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position
Dentures can also be used with dental implants by using the implants to help retain the denture and “click” it into position. This can give you more confidence as you know they denture is less unlikely to move during function.
Dentures can also be used as interim restorations while we are waiting for healing following extraction of teeth.
Missing teeth can be replaced by dental bridges which are permanent replacements that do not require removal. There are several types of dental bridge and which one is utilised depends on many factors.
A fixed bridge is used when teeth either side of the space have already been crowned or heavily repaired/restored. A Maryland or “sticky” bridge is used as a more conservative form of Minimally Invasive Dentistry when teeth either side of the space have not been restored previously.
Each type of bridge has it’s merits and it is important to fully assess the supporting structures first and then once the bridge is inserted we will show you how to maintain it.
Most adults will face an element of gum disease or periodontal disease during their life and it is a large factor for the majority in losing teeth. As we get older and if our health changes it can have more prevalence too. Gum disease can be prevented by regular visits to our dental hygienist and following her maintenance protocol between visits.
If you find you have a more advanced gum disease then we can offer more advanced care that is planned with our team of dentists, dental hygienist and specialist periodontist. You may require deep thorough cleansing or even some surgery to your gums, we can provide all this care at Knightsbridge Dentist.