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Are you embarrassed about missing teeth?

Missing teeth not only effect your appearance and confidence but the gap left by a missing tooth can cause greater strain upon the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease

When you are ready to replace missing teeth there are a number of solutions available and it is important to consider all of these issues for your long-term oral health. 

There are further advantages too: an implant replacing a single tooth avoids the need to cut down the teeth either side for crowns to support a bridge; and with normal dentures you often can’t eat or speak at your very best due to the dentures moving about. If the denture teeth are attached to implants, this is much less of an issue.

You don't have to make your decision alone; we can help you assess the choices in light of your clinical needs, personal preferences and financial considerations to help you determine which is best for you.

The treatments for missing teeth include:

Bridgework is the conventional way to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base, but if the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base.

Dental implants
Dental implants offer a more permanent solution for your missing teeth. It is essentially a substitute for a natural root, resembling a cylindrically shaped screw, which is placed into the jaw bone, carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth.
Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment, with the Straumann brand we use currently being Europe's leading implant system. 
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

This depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. We will arrange for a number of special tests to assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
How long does treatment take?

We will be able to give you a provisional timetable before the treatment begins.

Usually the permanent teeth are fitted six to nine months after the implants are placed, as the implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been put in. Occasionally, the implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the artificial teeth to be attached much sooner than this. 

If you have complete dentures, these can be worn throughout the healing period once they have been modified after the surgery.
Are the teeth difficult to clean?

Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that give you problems and you’ll be shown methods to help.

Removable partial dentures (Plates)

Dentures are removable replacements for your missing teeth, designed to look and function like your own natural teeth and surrounding gum tissues.

If you have several missing teeth, possibly from some time ago, then you will benefit from having dentures as they will provide support for your cheeks and lips. When we design your dentures it can reduce the amount of lines and wrinkles around your face, which has the result of producing a more youthful look.

Modern cosmetic dentures are now far more comfortable and acceptable and, in fact, you’d be surprised at how many people are actually wearing dentures without you knowing. Our full dentures are made from an ultramodern high-impact acrylic material, which is high-strength and durable.

Implants, as described above, are also increasingly being used to provide more of a fixed support for dentures, which can even further improve speaking, eating and quality of life.

Partial dentures to replace a few missing teeth

Many people have only a few teeth missing, and if this is the case then a partial denture could work well for you.

These are generally designed with small chrome clips (known as clasps) which grip the surrounding teeth and hold a partial denture in place. these thinner chrome dentures, also have a more minimal feel in the mouth.

Again, it is down to precise design to ensure that these clasps or clips are minimal and, whenever possible, are not seen. We place the clips precisely, to ensure that they really do hold the denture firmly in place and do not strip the gum away from the tooth, which can happen in cheaper dentures.

If you’re looking to keep the cost of dentures lower then this is one of the problems which can arise from poorly made dentures. Cheaper dentures have a tendency to rub against the gum, and over a period of time this can pull the gum away from the tooth as it irritates the soft tissues.

It really is important to ensure that you have good quality dentures, so sometimes paying a little more for your dentures in the long run means the cost of wearing good quality dentures is actually very low.

Bedfont Green also offeres the world's leading brand of flexible dentures: Valplast. The innovation of the Valplast flexible partial denture allows the appliance to adapt to the constant movement and flexibility in your mouth. The Valplast flexibe partial denture is light-weight, virtually invisible, with no telltale metal clasps and the material itself blends with the tissues in your mouth so that the only thing that shows is your beautiful smile. It is also hypo-allergenic and guaranteed for life against fracture (against breakage in normal use).


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