Losing a tooth, even if it occurs painlessly, can be a traumatic event with many consequences. If the gap is left unfilled, not only can the stability of the neighbouring teeth be jeopardised as they bear more strain, but the smile – and the natural urge to break into one – may be compromised. Fortunately, there are several options to replace that missing tooth.
It’s not all about dentures
When patients come to our specialist dental practice in central London, self-conscious about the loss of their tooth or teeth, they will sometimes express misgivings about the prospect of dentures (removable false teeth). There is a general perception, possibly created by advertising, that dentures are uncomfortable and prematurely ageing. At 76 Harley Street, our prosthodontist specialists use dentures of the highest quality that are guaranteed to be well fitting and aesthetically-pleasing. However, nowadays most patients opt for alternative means of restoring and replacing their teeth: implants or bridges. A bridge, usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal, is secured by being fixed onto the neighbouring teeth while an implant is rooted to the jaw below by a titanium screw. Both methods offer more stability than a partial denture.
How do I know what is right for me?
During your consultation at our specialist dental practice, you will discuss in full your options. Our prosthodontists, Dr Farid Fahid and Dr Farid Monibi, are both vastly experienced in this specialist field. After a full examination of your remaining teeth, they will talk you through the pros and cons of each means of tooth replacement and advise you on what is the most appropriate; for example, whether you are a suitable candidate for a bridge will depend on the integrity of the neighbouring teeth. By adopting a consultative approach and calling on their expertise, our London-based dental specialists can help your smile regain its confidence.