Implants, bridges and dentures
Dental implants are strong and permanent replacements for missing teeth, and many patients are now choosing to have these instead of bridges or false teeth.
An implant is a small titanium rod which is placed into the jaw bone where your tooth root used to be. Over several months, the jaw bone gradually grows around it, providing a strong base. A natural-looking porcelain crown is then placed upon the implant, providing a new tooth which is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.
Dental implants can also be used to hold dentures firmly in place, making it far easier to eat and speak.
Frequently asked questions
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Bridges and dentures
Bridges are a permanent and realistic looking way of filling a gap between teeth that has been caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges can hold one or more false teeth, and are held in place by the neighbouring teeth. Sometimes the neighbouring teeth (one on each side) will need to have crowns fitted to make them strong enough to support the bridge.
Dentures can replace any number of missing teeth, and are removeable. Modern techniques mean they fit far better than they used to, and look far more realistic too.
This page was last updated on the 7th of December 2013