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Missing Teeth

Why should you replace missing teeth? Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain on the teeth at either side.

A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together.

This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.

Losing your teeth is not the end of the story for your mouth. There are lots of alternatives available for replacing missing teeth. These can be provided to:

Fixed replacement of teeth – Crowns and Bridges

A bridge is an artificial tooth retained by attaching to neighbouring teeth in the arch. This keeps the amount of components in the mouth to a minimum, and means that the false tooth is permanently stuck in place. There are two basic groups of bridges:

Adhesive bridges

With an adhesive bridge, the false tooth is retained with a ‘wing’ of metal that sits on the back of one or more teeth.

Conventional bridges

With a conventional bridge, the false tooth is retained by a ‘crown’ which fully covers the adjacent teeth.

Conventional bridges require much more reduction of the tooth, however this does give greater strength to the bridge allowing longer gaps to be filled or more heavily restored teeth to be used to retain the bridge. However this reduction may in time weaken a tooth. There are still limits to the gaps these bridges can fill so it will not be possible to provide a bridge in every case.

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Removable replacement of teeth – Dentures

Teeth can be replaced using a removable appliance. This means full or partialdentures. A full denture is the term for a plate that replaces the teeth in an entire jaw, either upper or lower. A partial denture is a part-plate, used to replace only those teeth which are missing in a jaw.. Many people are concerned about having an object in their mouth that is not fixed in place, however modern material and techniques mean that most people find wearing dentures very comfortable. Partial dentures can be made with minimal components in the mouth making the denture difficult to see and easy to wear.

Partial dentures do have advantages over fixed replacements.

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Fixed replacement of teeth – Implants

An implant is a ‘screw’ used to replace the root of a missing tooth. This will then allow a single or multiple crowns to be placed to fill the gap.

The biggest advantage of implants is that the false tooth is retained on an artificial root, meaning that there is no damage to the surrounding teeth.

With care, an implant can last a lifetime.

Unfortunately, implants are not available on the NHS. However, if you would like to consider implant replacement of teeth, a referral can be arranged to a specialist in the area.


“Invisalign – Light. Crooked front teeth that had started to become more noticeable. This, in turn, started to affect my confidence.

The experience at Beaufort Park was excellent throughout. The staff, from the initial consultation, were friendly and professional. The welcoming reception staff through to the excellent dentist (Russell Gidney) have made this an (almost!) pleasurable experience!

I feel so much more confident and happy to smile again in public.

Quintin Bell

“I hated my smile in photos, I looked as though I only had about 4 teeth! 🙁

Treatments have all been explained, the team have been great & I have started to notice my teeth changing & looking good – despite not even being half way through my treatment (Invisalign Aligner 11/23). I am so happy with the progress.

Thank you! 🙂

Super, I would recommend to anyone considering treatment.

Rachel C

“After years of being unhappy with my crooked teeth and avoiding photographers if at all possible.

I decided to seek corrective treatment at the grand old age of 55 in order to be able to smile at my daughters up coming wedding. After a chat with the Beaufort Dental practice I decided on a course of CFast treatment. In a few short months I was thrilled with the result. Straight teeth which were so much easier to care for and which looked 100 per cent more attractive

The cost was manageable too and I paid at intervals during the treatment. I wish I’d done it years ago.


“I did not like my teeth so didn’t smile.

Invisalign – absolutely brilliant! Very professional team, extremely happy with the results!”

Lisa G

“Even though my oral hygiene has always been excellent I have for many years hated my teeth which were discoloured + the crowns rather mismatched.

Dr Russell Gidney was the first dentist I had confidence in to correct my problems. He showed great empathy, kindness + professional skill. He made me feel completely at ease.

His dental nurses + admin staff are all lovely. The outcome is better than I expected, I now have a lovely smile!”

Pamela C

“I recently had cosmetic work on my teeth carried out by Russell at the surgery. he explained everything in detail and I am overjoyed with the results. The difference it has made is amazing and I thoroughly recommend them. The staff are very helpful too!”

Gaynor M

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