Options for Replacing Multiple Missing Teeth

A look at the choices for patients of the Confidental Clinic in Clapham Junction.

Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons. Neglect of oral hygiene, accidents or even advanced gum disease being amongst them.

Whatever the cause though, when multiple teeth are lost or have to be extracted, the patient is then left with the choice of whether to replace the missing teeth and which is the best method to do so. At the Confidental Clinic, we are able to offer our patients from the Clapham Junction and Battersea areas, the following options.

Do Nothing

This is the option that we do not recommend. Whilst those who have lost visible front teeth usually do seek a replacement; when rear teeth have been lost, these are sometimes not replaced as they are less visible. Not replacing teeth though will lead to a shrinking of the bone in that area which can lead to sunken cheeks and, consequently, an aging appearance. It can also cause other teeth in the area to become crooked, and this can have a domino effect on other teeth too.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are an effective method of replacing multiple teeth in many cases. These are, essentially, false teeth that are adjoined to existing teeth through the use of dental crowns. Whilst these offer a quality aesthetic replacement and security, the use of dental bridges does mean the preparation of otherwise healthy teeth, in order to attach the bridge.

Partial Dentures

At our Clapham Junction dental practice, we are able to provide patients with modern partial dentures which offer both comfort and also are produced to blend in well with the patient’s gum shade. This offers a straightforward method of teeth replacement that looks natural and offers some security too. Like dental bridges though, the use of dentures means that there is no root placement in the gums, and, therefore the bone will shrink in that area, with the likely results as mentioned previously.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most modern method of replacing missing teeth and eradicate the problem of shrinking bone as they are placed directly into it, in effect replacing the natural tooth root. Depending on the results of examinations and x-rays, and the number of teeth missing, these can be placed either individually, or used to secure a fixed bridge in place through the use of a number of implants.

Helping patients make an informed choice is just part of our role at Confidental Clinic and we are always happy to discuss the various teeth replacement methods with our patients and to offer our professional advice. If you would like to discuss the best method to replace your missing teeth, why not call our Clapham Junction dental practice on 020 7801 9060 to arrange a consultation with our dentists.