Are you missing teeth and looking for ways to fix this? We are here to help!
Whether you have 1, 2 or more missing teeth there is often a way to fill those unsightly gaps giving you back that full beaming smile you so desire without the need to hide those gaps away.
Our friendly dentists here at The Bristol Dental Practice specialise in various replacement treatment such as dentures, bridges and dental implants which will be able to fix those problems easily and quickly for you.
Every patient is individually different in terms of preference, costs and what is best suited for their specific treatment needs, but our aim is to accommodate you in the best way possible for your healthcare and preferences.
To help you decide on the most suited treatment option it is ideal for you to know how different treatment options differ, and how different treatment are provided.
What is a denture?
Dentures are cost effective false teeth that replace missing teeth, covering gaps of any size all the way up to what are known as full dentures, when the entire sets of teeth in the upper and lower jaws are replaced.
They can be either fixed or removable, and modern technology means that the traditional problem of movement, when a denture comes loose in the mouth, causing discomfort and embarrassment, has been greatly reduced.
Modern denture systems offer many people — there are around 11 million denture wearers in the UK — a comfortable and affordable solution to multiple tooth loss that can otherwise take a negative toll on oral health and social confidence.
Benefits of having a Denture:
- Fill the gaps left by missing teeth
- Eat and talk again with confidence
- Restore your appearance with a full set of teeth
- World class treatment with our specialist clinicians
- Choose from a range of denture systems
- Cost effective
Bridge, what is a bridge?
A bridge is an artificial tooth that is used in replacement of one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth to natural teeth or dental implants.
Different types of Bridges:
- Traditional Bridge. A traditional bridge attaches to healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. The natural teeth are shaved down and crowns are placed over them for added strength and security. Those crowns are attached to the bridge to make a solid row of teeth.
- Maryland Bridge. A Maryland bridge involves a metal structure that is cemented to the back of the teeth to support the bridge. It leaves the natural teeth completely intact.
- Implant Supported Bridge. When a row of three or more teeth need to be replaced, an implant supported bridge is usually the best option. This involves placing a dental implant (an artificial tooth with a metal root that screws into the jawbone) on either side of the bridge to act as the support.
Benefits of having a bridge:
- Less costly than implants
- They are not removable, unlike dentures
- Quick and simple treatment process
Dental implants, what are they?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that acts as a replacement for 1, 2 or even several teeth, but also takes away undesirable effects such as bone loss, loss of volume in the jawbone, loss of eating function. They are placed into the jawbone where eventually surrounding bone will grow around that implant. It will them form a strong foundation for the artificial tooth to then be placed atop.
What are the benefits of an implant?
- no case too complex
- over 2,000 implants placed
- eat anything and feel confident again
- treatment is led by Dr Jonathan Cochrane, a rising star in his field
- conscious sedation is available for nervous patients
- can be part of complex multi-disciplinary treatment
- a painless and straightforward procedure, with predictable results
- dental implants last as long as natural teeth given appropriate care
- follow-up hygiene guidance to help implants last as long as natural teeth
We understand that deciding on which treatment is best for you (taking everything into account) is not always easy and that is why we have our very own in-house treatment coordinator Rebecca Hawkings who is more than happy to discuss treatment options and help you choose the best one for you. We also see this as an opportunity to get a good understanding of the treatment in more detail, so you know exactly what to expect before even seeing the dentist! And then, if you are happy to, she can get you booked in with one of our dentists that specialise in that particular treatment process for the appropriate consultation.
Do I need to have a consultation, or can I book straight in for treatment?
Before we can offer you any treatment, we will book you in for a consultation with the dentist first, the reason we do this is because we see it as a nice introduction for you and the dentist but also it is to make sure we are choosing the best treatment for you and your teeth, the dentist will be able to discuss that treatment in good detail with you.
Is there someone I can talk to to discuss my options before coming into the practice?
Yes, our treatment coordinator Rebecca Hawkings is more than happy to discuss treatment options and costs and if you would like to proceed, she can have a look through the diary with you to find a suitable date and time that works best for you.
If you have any questions or you would like to make an appointment why not give us a call today on 0117 910 5929 and one of our reception team will be happy to book that in for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon!