I Have Missing Teeth
For both functional and cosmetic reasons, a missing tooth can be an uncomfortable thing to tolerate. So we want you to know that there are a variety of options available to fill the gap! Technology has changed in all aspects of dental treatment and we now have the ability to replace missing teeth with prosthetics that are both lifelike and beautiful as well as fully functional.
What are my options?
Every dental case is different, and we will need to see you for a personalised consultation, but as a general rule you have 3 main options available to you:
A dental Implant is a prosthetic replacement, which feels and functions just like a natural tooth. Regardless if you are missing a single tooth or many teeth dental implants can dramatically improve your appearance, confidence an quality of life.
Dental implants are made from titanium therefore acting as a very strong alternative to natural teeth. The implant is anchored directly into the jaw bone acting as a root for its porcelain tooth, which is permanently secured to the implant thus replaces the missing tooth entirely.
When a natural tooth is lost, the bone which was surrounding that tooth looses its function and quickly resorbs into the body resulting in changes in the shape of the face, the collapsing of neighboring teeth and the obvious loss of function in that area of the mouth. With the placement of a dental implant these negative changes can all be prevented. The new implant will restore function of the teeth and stop shrinkage of jaw bone thus maintaining gum height and facial support.
A porcelain bridge uses the teeth either side of a space to support the replacement missing tooth. A bridge is not removable.
A removable plate can be taken in and out by the wearer and is used to fill spaces where teeth are missing.
How long does treatment normally take?
• Single Dental Implant – 3 Months
• Porcelain Bridge – 2-4 weeks
• Removable Plate – 2-4 weeks
How long does it last?
• Single Dental Implant – Implant usually lasts permanently, Implant crown 10-15 years
• Porcelain Bridge – 10-15 years
• Removable Plate/Denture – up to 5 years
Does it hurt?
The reality is many dental procedures cause discomfort of differing levels depending on the type and severity of the procedure.
Our priority is to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout all procedures. We also offer the option of sedation if you would prefer to go sleep during treatment due to nerves or lengthy appointments.
Can I see results of others who have had this problem resolved?
Please see below the examples of just some of our many happy clients who have had their missing teeth problems resolved. We thank these clients for allowing us to share their amazing results and stories.