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Dental implants, dentures and bridges

We know, if you have missing teeth it can affect your confidence, as well as the way you eat and speak too. We have a number of ways to replace missing teeth, from dental implants to dentures and bridges.

Dental implant diagram

Dental implants

Durable, long-lasting and natural in their appearance, dental implants are the most modern method of replacing missing teeth.

The procedure involves fitting an implant which is usually made of titanium, into the bone of the jaw. This implant then holds a false tooth (or teeth) in place. Procedure time will depend on how many implants you’re having. It’s possible to have several implants fitted in the same procedure.

Dental implants are usually fitted under local anaesthesia. If you’re feeling nervous about the procedure we can arrange for you to have some form of sedation.

The cost of your dental implant will vary depending on the complexity of treatment, contact your local Bupa dental centre for more information.

Dentist performing treatment

Dentures

A trusted and effective method of replacing missing teeth is to use a customised denture.

Dentures are removable plastic or metal frameworks that carry false teeth. They are removable and can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth or a full arch of teeth.

Getting used to dentures may take time, and can be uncomfortable to begin with. We may schedule a check-up appointment a week after fitting dentures to check the fit and make any adjustments if needed.

Dental bridge diagram

Bridges

A bridge uses the teeth on either side of a gap or one side of a gap to anchor onto the missing tooth or teeth.

Bridges consist of two or more crowns made of porcelain or metal, which are then placed adjacent to a space with the false tooth supported by a crown secured to one or more of your teeth. A dentist will cement the bridge in place so you don’t have to remove it.

Your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic injection before the procedure begins, which will block any pain from your gums but you will stay awake during the procedure.

Dentist surgery

Adhesive bridges

An adhesive bridge is held in place by a metal wing which protrudes from the side of the false tooth, and is fixed with a strong adhesive onto the supporting tooth/teeth.

This avoids the need to prepare the neighbouring teeth for full coverage crowns.

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