Missing teeth impact on your ability to chew, and also affect your facial structure, increasing stress on remaining teeth, and often alter your appearance, giving your cheeks a sunken appearance. Our dentists will do their utmost to prevent you losing a tooth, and will explain your options and tailor the best treatment plan for you.
Sometimes a tooth can no longer be filled, so a crown is required, or it has to be removed (and a bridge or implant is fitted).
We are highly competent and experienced in undertaking all of these restorative and reconstructive treatments.
Crowns become necessary when there is insufficient tooth structure to support a filling. Teeth are fully restored to their proper appearance and function with a crown restoration. Crowns cover the tooth completely, fitting just at the gum line, protecting the remaining tooth. Most crowns have a tooth-coloured porcelain exterior fused to a high noble metal base. The shade is customised to match your other teeth so that in your mouth a crown will look just like a natural tooth.
Bridges are a series of connected crowns, replacing missing teeth by bridging the gap and using the surrounding teeth as abutments.
Dental implants are probably the most natural-looking solution for restoring your smile and ability to chew with comfort and confidence when teeth have to be extracted.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root which replaces the root portion of a missing natural tooth. After a period of time, dental implants integrate with the bone, and become a secure anchor. This anchor can then be utilised for a replacement tooth, or a fixed bridge, or a removable partial or full denture.
They are made from titanium and machined from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V ELI) to exacting specifications. They can be fixed in either the upper or lower jawbone.