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Replacing missing teeth

Key points

  • Replacing missing teeth can improve your appearance and your dental health.
  • You can replace missing teeth with dentures, bridges and implants.
  • Replacement teeth are made to match the colour of your natural teeth as closely as possible.

Further information

Sources

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  • Schwahn C, Polzer I, Haring R, et al. Missing, unreplaced teeth and risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Int J Cardiol 2013; 167:1430–37. doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.04.061
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  • If the implant surgery is going to take a long time can you have a sedation or a general anaesthetic? Association of Dental Implantology UK. www.adi.org.uk, accessed 30 December 2013
  • Is it uncomfortable when the implants are placed? Association of Dental Implantology UK. www.adi.org.uk, accessed 30 December 2013
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