Five things you should know about replacing missing teeth
Here at Balsall Common Dental Practice we offer patients trusted tooth replacement treatments like Implants, Bridges and Dentures. We would be happy to explain how they work in detail at a Free Consultation. Call 01676 529000 or use our Online Appointment Booking facility.
Here are five things we would like you to know regarding what can be done for missing teeth:
1. The impact
Gaps in your smile can affect your self esteem and really knock your confidence, which can have a big impact on all aspects of your life. From the way you look to how you speak and eat, missing teeth or gaps can have a serious overall impact. At Balsall Common Dental Practice we have helped many patients with missing teeth over the years, have a look at some case pictures and some of our patient reviews.
2. Bone loss
Tooth loss can happen for a few reasons; whether it’s through trauma, because of gum disease or simply due to the adult tooth never actually emerging, there is one thing in common – a missing tooth will lead to bone loss around it. This is why it is important to fill the gaps in your smile where possible, to avoid losing adjacent bone and even more teeth in the same area. There are a number of solutions for bone loss, including bone or gum grafting or using disguising techniques on your crowns or other appliances.
Dental implants are fast becoming the preferred method of treatment for missing teeth because they are safe, tried and tested and as close to natural teeth as you could get. The treatment consists of a titanium screw placed in the jawbone where the root of a tooth would be. Once the bone has grown around the screw and is holding it in place, an artificial tooth or special denture can be fitted onto it. Dental implants are a very safe method of treatment. Lots of research has been done about them and the dentists who place them undergo a lot of training to ensure they are properly qualified to carry out the treatment. At Balsall Common Dental Practice we use the Straumann implant system for their trusted products and clinically proven outcomes.
4. Crowns and bridges
Another way to replace missing teeth is through crowns and bridges. A damaged tooth may benefit from a crown (or cap), which is a treatment that covers a weakened tooth with a shell of dental porcelain. Crowns are usually used in instances where a tooth is broken or weakened by decay or large fillings. Crowns can also be used to create a bridge over a gap in your smile.
5. Smaller gaps
Veneers or composites can be used to make the final perfections to a smile but they can also be used to help close gaps that you may have due to small teeth. Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that fit over the front of the tooth and composite is a dental material that can be used to build up teeth in a similar way. Both treatments can be used where gaps need to be closed or if a tooth has been broken.
Our team members Dr Ashley Davenport and Dr Catherine Myatt have trained and qualified to deliver teeth replacement treatments to a high standard at Balsall Common Dental Practice.
You will also be pleased to know that we are currently offering a Free Initial Consultation as well as 10% off treatment costs (conditions apply). Interest Free Finance is also available (not in combination with other offers).
If you have any questions about having your missing teeth replaced with one of the treatments highlighted in this post, be sure to book an appointment with us today to discuss your options and payment choices. Drop into the practice in the centre of Balsall Common, call us on 01676 529000 or click here to use our online booking facility.Book an Appointment
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