Replacing missing teeth

Missing teeth aren’t only beauty flaws, they also pose a practical challenge to eating and threaten the health of remaining teeth. Modern treatment methods and materials can reverse these problems, and high quality restorations form the basis of our work. Seamless co-ordination between our implantology and prosthetics departments enables aesthetically perfect treatment results.

Our London dental clinic is one of the few practices in the United Kingdom to be recognised by the German Society of Implantology (DGI) for expertise on implantology and implant prosthodontics. It is recognised as a Specialist provider by the German Society for Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomaterials (DGPro) and the General Dental Council (GDC) in the United Kingdom. Above all, we place an emphasis on long lasting, restorative materials which have been tested successfully in clinical studies.

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Quality and aesthetics

Our aim is to offer the best advice and treatment to every patient. This is why we take time to give you comprehensive and transparent information on all aspects of the treatment. We only work with state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic methods taken from evidence based medicine. In addition, our own professional dental laboratory offers first class dental restorations with perfect quality and aesthetics — made on site. You get a lifetime guarantee on dental implants and a five-year guarantee on dental prostheses such as bridges and dentures, which covers any mechanical failure.


Master dental laboratory

Our dental clinic works together with the HarderMehl dental laboratory in Munich, Germany. This enables us to supply only the highest quality dental restorations that blend beauty and functionality, and means we can take care of all treatment stages in house, from consultation to manufacturing and placing the dental restoration.

DENTAL LABORATORY

Replacing teeth with bridges

Bridges can be used when there is one or more teeth missing and additional extensive damage to the neighbouring teeth. The great advantage of bridges is aesthetics — patients perceive these replacements as if they were their natural teeth.

TOOTH SUPPORTED DENTAL BRIDGES

 

Implant supported restorations

As a designated Specialist practice for oral surgery we offer an extensive range of treatments for implant-supported tooth replacements. The possibilities range from replacing a single tooth with an implant on which a crown is mounted, to the closing of larger gaps, to fitting the jaw with implant supported bridges.

IMPLANT PROSTHODONTICS

Adhesive bridges (Maryland bridges)

Adhesive bridges are suitable for the aesthetic replacement of missing front teeth. This is especially suitable for young patients for whom implantation is not possible because of future jaw growth, or patients who want to avoid damaging healthy adjacent teeth with conventional bridges.

ADHESIVE BRIDGES


Replacing teeth: what options do we have?


The overall goal of implantology and prosthodontics is to provide our patients with a tooth replacement that is as beautiful and stable as a natural tooth. In some cases, both disciplines are combined to achieve a perfect result.


Treatment complexity
If a tooth has decay but is still in good overall condition, usually simple tooth coloured composite fillings are sufficient to repair it. But the older the patient is, and the more damage a tooth has, the more complex treatment will be. If a tooth is severely affected by tooth decay we use crowns or partial crowns to restore chewing ability and aesthetics. Both options protect the remaining tooth from further disintegration. However, if the tooth needs to be completely replaced, an implant or a bridge is recommended. Bridges are able to replace a lost or missing tooth in its natural function and aesthetics. A crown in conjunction with a dental implant can replace a tooth completely, including the root. If a tooth is intact and is only to be aesthetically changed, veneers are a tooth-friendly alternative to a crown restoration.


Dental bridges to replace lost teeth
If one or more teeth have already been lost, patients have the option of repairing the resulting tooth gaps with a bridge. However, there must still be enough teeth nearby to serve as pillars. To assess whether an implant or a bridge is better suited to fill the gap, it is important to assess the degree of damage of the adjacent teeth. If the neighboring teeth already have large fillings or crowns, a bridge could be suitable. On the other hand, if they are completely healthy and decay free, an implant would be preferable.

 
Dental implants
Dental implants can nowadays perfectly replace missing teeth. The artificial tooth root — the implant itself — in conjunction with a crown, provides a wonderful alternative to bridges. We recommend implants whenever the surrounding teeth are still completely intact, because that means we will only work on the actual tooth gap and do not have to grind down the neighboring teeth.


Crowns on badly damaged teeth
The crown is the externally visible, enamel-coated part of our teeth. Colloquially this means it's an artificial counterpart. We recommend crowns whenever the destruction of a tooth has already progressed so far that it can not be treated with a classic tooth filling or a partial crown. No matter where the tooth is located, as long as the patient does not suffer from severe bruxism (teeth grinding), full ceramic is always the material of choice.


Veneers for aesthetics
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front of the tooth with a special adhesive cement. They are usually used for aesthetic reasons, whenever the patient is not happy with the tooth position, bite, a gap or the tooth color itself. The relatively low-invasive procedure has earned the reputation of helping the patient achieve a "Hollywood smile", for flawless and healthy looking teeth.


Removable partial and complete dentures
Partial dentures are made of a plastic base that fits the patient's upper or lower jaw shape and the teeth they replace. They are attached to the remaining teeth with retaining clips. Mostly these dentures are used for a limited period of time. If the denture is not a temporary solution, but a long-term restoration, the denture can consist of a metal framework, to which several support elements can be attached. If there are no teeth at all, patients have the option of receiving a full denture supported by implants. However, patients should always keep in mind that the fixed denture is the more durable form of restoration in the long term.


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