Bridges, Implants, Dentures: Which Tooth Replacement Treatment is Right For You?
If you’ve lost a tooth, you may be considering your next step. At Baker Street, we strongly encourage our patients to replace missing teeth, as gaps can impact oral health, as well as the look of the smile. We have extensive experience in creating brand new smiles using the latest restorative techniques, and we have a range of treatments available, including bridges, dentures and implants.
Which treatment is right for me?
There are various types of restorative treatment, which can be used to replace missing teeth. These include:
- Bridges: dental bridges are commonly used to replace a single individual tooth or a small number of missing teeth. There are different types of bridge available, and the most common is a traditional fixed bridge. This bridge is a false tooth which is fused to a crown on either side. Bridges can be made from metals but most people opt for ceramic bridges, as they blend in with the natural teeth for a beautiful smile. Bridges are an affordable solution, treatment takes just 2-3 weeks and a bridge should last up to 15 years.
- Implants: implants are widely regarded as the best long-term solution for tooth loss, but they are the most expensive option. Implant treatment takes months to complete, but the results are incredible. With implants, you can replace any number of missing teeth, and you can enjoy the same level of functionality as you would with a healthy, strong natural tooth. Implants are compatible with dentures, bridges and crowns, so they are a suitable option for most patients.
- Dentures: dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for decades. Modern dentures are lifelike in their appearance, and they’re also a much cheaper option than implants. Dentures can be used to replace full arches (complete dentures) or a smaller number of missing teeth (partial denture) and they are designed to produce natural-looking results.
If you have missing teeth, and you’re not sure what kind of treatment to go for, why not book a consultation? Our expert dentists can discuss the options with you, go through all the pros and cons and offer personalised recommendations.