Different Options for Missing Teeth

Adults encounter missing teeth due to manifold reasons: teeth lost or extracted due to dental complications, teeth knocked out by trauma or injury, or teeth that never formed or gravitate after primary teeth fell out.

It can be difficult to decide what to do, after losing a tooth. The foremost decision, and the easiest, is to leave an empty space where the tooth was removed. However, modern dentistry has invented multiple dental procedures for missing teeth. As leaving missing teeth  unattended can result in deformed gaps and spaces between teeth whilst making chewing more difficult.


Dentures are false demountable teeth that are relatively quick and easy to assemble.  They can be partial dentures where only one or a few teeth are reinstalled or complete dentures where all the teeth are missing in the jaw and are replaced.

A partial denture grips the false teeth on a metal or plastic framework. The framework is removable, and is devised to fit around the adjoining teeth. It may cover part of the roof of mouth or gum tissue. There may also be hooks and rests to help hold the framework in place and these can sometimes be visible when you smile. Dentures should be removed at night for cleaning, and to let some air through the gums while they rest.


Dental implants can substitute for natural teeth. Implants are commonly composed of two major parts: the implant, which executes as an anchor in the jaw and the crown, which is the part of the tooth perceivable in the mouth. Implants are stupendous options as they do not affect neighboring teeth, yet look, feel, and work just as natural teeth do.

Many people prefer implants over partial dentures as implants are fixed in place and are not needed to be removed at night. Implants can also be more artistic in looking, as they do not have clasps or hooks that are possibly visible when one smiles.



Fixed bridge is also an option for teeth to be replaced with if there are teeth in the area that are sufficient in quantity and satisfactorily healthy and strong to reinforce the artificial teeth. In order to construct a bridge, the bordering teeth are prepared by downsizing them to remove all the enamel, making area for restoration of prosthetic tooth. The crowns on each tooth support the false tooth in between. A prosthetic tooth can be hinged between adjoining teeth to provide a corrective replacement for the absent tooth.

Finally, the option you choose to replace missing teeth depends on multiple factors including your needs, costs and objective for treatment. It is always better to take an advice from a dentist. At Guildford dental practice, we offer replacement for missing teeth. Speak to our friendly team to book a Free Consultation by calling us on 01483 573 907 or  visiting our website https://www.guildforddentalpractice.co.uk/

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