Replacing Missing Teeth – Available Options

Guidance for our Clapham dental patients with lost or missing teeth.

Perhaps most of us will lose a tooth or two during our lifetime, possibly many more. Even with the best care in the world, accidents can happen which result in a loss of teeth.

When a tooth is lost, there are a number of options open to patients of the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, and we take a look at these below.

Do Nothing

One option is to simply leave a gap. Naturally, in the case of a front tooth, this would have a detrimental effect on your appearance and most people will opt to replace the missing tooth.

Even missing rear teeth though can affect your other teeth as they will gradually move into the space left by the tooth and may well start to appear crooked.

Dentures

Dentures have long been a tried and tested method to replace lost teeth.

Whilst modern dentures can be aesthetically pleasing, some patients may find that they are not entirely comfortable and can present problems when eating.

As special cleaning is also required, dentures are not always the most efficient or easy to manage method of tooth replacement that we have available at our Clapham dental practice.

Bridge

A more convenient method to replace missing teeth for many people is a dental bridge.

Essentially this consists of a replacement tooth which is attached to the adjacent teeth by a “bridge” and the gap filled using a dental crown.

This method does offer both strength and convenience. It does however, also mean that the otherwise healthy teeth that the bridge is attached to, have to be prepared by being shaped – so there is some minor loss of associated with the adjacent healthy teeth.

Dental Implants

Although growing in popularity, some people may be unaware of what dental implants actually are.

Essentially, the implant itself is a screw like object which is made from titanium. This is placed directly into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. This, it should be noted, is done after scans and x-rays have been taken and involves a high level of skill.

Once the implant has been placed, over a period of a few months, the bone will attach itself to the implant. This ensures that a very strong and firm base is created.

To the implant, an abutment is then attached and a dental crown in-turn attached to this to complete the procedure.

Although an implant procedure is undoubtedly more sophisticated than the other options above; for longevity and strength, it simply can’t be beaten. Given reasonable care, a dental implant should last a minimum of twenty years and many are still going strong after thirty.

Users of dental implants find that, once placed, dental implants offer a great method of tooth replacement that is both convenient and also means that there is no need to restrict your diet at all, due to their strength.

For more information about our dental implant service, please call the Confidental Clinic of Clapham on 020 7801 9060.