Having a missing tooth or teeth can be a major source of embarrassment. If you have lost one or more teeth, you may not want to show off your smile. What’s more, gaps left by missing teeth can lead to further dental problems, as surrounding teeth may move to try to fill the space, causing them to become crooked and difficult to clean properly. Ivy Clinic can replace teeth in Teddington, Middlesex at our professional dental clinic, restoring your oral hygiene and giving you your confidence back.
We see patients who have lost teeth for many reasons, including decay, accident or injury. Whatever the reason, you can be confident that we will find the perfect solution to replace your missing teeth. Here are some of our tooth replacement solutions:
Dental bridges can be used to replace one tooth or two or more adjacent teeth. Bridges are made from precious metal or porcelain, or a combination of both. There are two types of bridges: conventional bridges, which use crowns on adjacent teeth to support a porcelain false tooth, and bonded bridges, which use metal wings on the back of surrounding teeth as support. Bridges are usually fitted in two to three appointments.
Dentures are used to replace one, several or all missing teeth. A complete or full denture replaces all the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older than they are and can cause difficulty with eating or speaking. Full dentures are designed to fit snugly over your gums.
A partial denture is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Partial dentures are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.
The plate or base of dentures is made from acrylic or metal, and the artificial teeth are usually made from acrylic, which can be closely matched to the natural colour of your teeth.
It is also possible to fix dentures in place with denture implants (see below) to prevent any issues with slippage.
Dental implants offer a fixed, permanent solution to missing teeth. The implants themselves are small titanium screws that are placed in the jaw bone and integrate with the bone and surrounding tissues to act much like a natural tooth root. Implants support replacement teeth in the form of crowns, bridges or fixed dentures.
Implants are the most secure form of tooth replacement because their integration with the bone provides excellent stability. They can be used to replace one, a few or all missing teeth and give back the confidence to eat all your favourite foods and to speak, smile and laugh without fear of slippage. They also help to prevent other problems associated with missing teeth, such as bone loss, and with proper care your implants will last many years.
All of our implants are placed under local anaesthetic by one of our experienced implant dentists. Contact the clinic to book a dental implant consultation.