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Mind the Gap

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

There are many reasons why a person might be missing a tooth or teeth – such as decay, disease or injury – but the general consensus is that it’s not a good look. On anyone.

Of course, missing teeth aren’t only a problem aesthetically. The loss can also affect speech and the ability to eat. Furthermore, with more space than a mouth was designed for other teeth might decide to take advantage of the room and have a wander, meaning remaining teeth shift. In some cases, bone loss can also occur around a missing tooth.

In short, a missing tooth can turn out to be a little problem with big consequences. Thankfully, however, it can be a problem easily fixed.

The main options to replace a lost tooth or teeth tend to be crowns, bridges, dentures and implants.

Crowns and bridges 

These are prosthetic devices that can only be removed by a dentist once they’re in. Crowns tend to be porcelain or ceramic ‘caps’ fixed onto damaged teeth or implants and made to match the colour of natural teeth. 

Of course, if you prefer a little bling with your pearly whites – or you’re a rap artist from Otley – gold and metal alloys are also an option. 

Bridges can also be as natural or outlandish as you like and they pretty much do what they say on the tin. A prosthetic device that spans the space where the teeth are missing, a bridge is cemented onto the natural teeth either side of a gap. 

As with crowns, there is a choice of materials for bridges and your dentist can help you decide which would best suit the location of the missing tooth or teeth. By maintaining good oral hygiene, a bridge can last a lifetime.


These are removable appliances that restore your smile in an instant if you’ve lost most or all of your teeth. Extensive tooth loss tends to result in sagging facial muscles, so dentures can also take years off you. In some respects it’s the dental equivalent of a facelift. 

Conventional dentures are made and positioned once any remaining teeth have been removed. However, they can only be worn once the gums have healed, which could take several months. If this is a concern, some dentures can be inserted on the same day, with corrections made once the jaw has healed. 

Another alternative is the overdenture which can be placed over any remaining natural teeth. 

If it is only one tooth missing rather than a number of teeth, a partial denture might be the answer. This takes the form of a false tooth attached to a plate, which is clipped into place. As ever, speak with your dentist to find the best option for you and your lifestyle.


A dental implant is basically a replacement tooth root and it provides the strongest possible foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. The implant is a titanium post secured directly in the jaw. The result is a natural look and feel because the implant is designed to fuse with the bone. Unlike bridges, the surrounding teeth remain unaltered by the procedure. Implants can now replace a full set of teeth in a single one-day procedure.

In conclusion, a lost tooth is not the end of the world, or even an end to smiling. Modern dentistry has made it an inconvenience easily fixed. Simply consult your dentist to find the best option to suit your needs.

Did You Know We Can Fill Gaps in your Teeth?

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

shutterstock_423542674Have you got missing teeth or have you recently lost a tooth? We understand that losing a tooth can be distressing, and we have a range of treatments ready and waiting to restore your smile and your confidence. Here are our incredible tooth replacement options:

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are commonly used to replace individual missing teeth, but they can also be used to restore the smile when multiple teeth have been lost. The most common type of bridge is a traditional fixed bridge, which comprises a false tooth, which is fused to a crown on either side. The bridge is custom-designed to fit the gap perfectly, and you can choose from materials, including porcelain, for an incredibly natural aesthetic. We can fit bridges in just two appointments, which are usually held around 2 weeks apart. Bridges are more affordable than implants, but they don’t last as long. Having said that, if you care for your bridge well, you should find that it lasts around 10-15 years.


Dentures are a tried and tested tooth replacement method. They enable you to carry out all the functions you take for granted when you have a set of healthy natural teeth, and they come in partial and full sets. Dentures are bespoke, as every patient is individual, and modern versions are very natural looking and comfortable. Dentures are not a permanent solution, but they can be made quickly, and they enable you to eat, smile and talk with confidence.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the newest kid on the block when it comes to tooth replacement methods. Implants are usually made from titanium, and they replace the root section of your natural tooth. The implant integrates into the jaw bone in the same way as the root, enabling it to offer the same level of stability and anchorage. Once the implant has settled, it can then be attached to a denture, a bridge or a crown. As it is compatible with a diverse range of restorations, the implant is the most versatile option and it can benefit patients with any number of missing teeth.

To find out more and compare treatment options, call us today and book a consultation.

Dental Implants in the City of Leeds, a Secure Alternative to Your Own Teeth

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

As we progress through adulthood our teeth become subject to many damaging lifestyle habits, foods and infections that can result in discoloured, damaged or decaying teeth. If your teeth are a source of discomfort for you, either physically or due to their appearance, you can now replace them with dental implants.

Dental implants are a type of false teeth that are anchored to the jawbone via a titanium rod. They are the most secure form of false teeth you can find and can be used to fix dentures, crowns or bridges and can be fitted by your local dentist in the City of Leeds.

The process involves fitting the titanium rod into a hole that has been drilled by the dentist, this ensures the rod is located securely in the gum and over time it will actually fuse with the jawbone itself. Once the rods have been fitted, false teeth can be attached to the tip of the titanium, either through clipping or screwing. You will find that the teeth have little or no movement and are as strong as your own may have been.

In order to fix the implant your own teeth will need to be removed, this process may be painful but can be performed under local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. Once the tooth has been removed, the implant can either be secured directly into the hole left by the tooth root, or can be fitted several weeks later when the wound has healed and another hole had been formed by your dentist.

In conclusion, if your teeth are weak and loose, dental implants will serve as a beneficial replacement. Your false teeth will feel secure and as strong as your own once felt and you will be able to smile with confidence once again.




Dental Implants, a Restorative Procedure in Central Leeds

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Missing teeth can be a cause of embarrassment and decreased self-confidence in many people. It does not help that increasing significance is being put on the importance of having that perfect, Hollywood smile. If you are suffering from missing or loose teeth, there is a solution. Dental implant surgery has become increasingly popular over the last few years and is now an affordable, easy procedure available to anyone who is worried about the state of their smile.

The process is relatively simple and can normally be performed by your local dentist in Central Leeds. The implant consists of a titanium rod which is inserted into your jawbone. In order to secure the implant into the jaw bone, a hole must be drilled through the gum by your dentist. Following this, a quick procedure may be required to uncover the top of the implant, then the false tooth may be clipped or screwed into place.

Dental implants can be used to insert dentures, crowns or bridges and can even be used to replace all the teeth in the jawbone. If you are worried about any pain the surgery might cause, it is normally performed under local anaesthetic, but general anaesthetic can also be used for extremely anxious patients if necessary.

As a restorative procedure, dental implantation is extremely successful as any false teeth are secured incredibly tightly, anchored as they are to the jawbone. If teeth loosening or movement is a concern for any individuals considering false teeth, dental implantation is the solution to such problems. At a cost that won’t dent many pockets, dental implants are leading the way in the search for restoration perfection.



Dental Implants in the City of Leeds

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Dental implants involve fasten a false tooth, or teeth, to the jawbone of an individual via a titanium rod. The titanium rod is first attached to the jawbone, then dentures or crowns are added and the implant is left to fuse with the jawbone. Normally, one implant is able to support several false teeth and in extreme cases, five or six implants can replace all the teeth in the jaw.

The process of dental implanting is a long one, it can take several months to prepare for and to complete due to X-rays and CT scans. The actual operation, normally carried out under local anaesthetic, involves the dentist drilling a hole in your jawbone and securing the implant into this hole. A second, minor, surgical procedure may then be required in order to uncover the tip of the implant from beneath the gum. Once this has been successful, the false teeth may be screwed or clipped onto the implant.

For the people of the City of Leeds, there are currently two methods of implanting available: immediate and delayed. Immediate implants take place straight after a tooth is removed, the implant is placed directly into that tooth socket and there is no need to form another hole. However, it is possible to perform a delayed implant. Following this procedure, a tooth is removed surgically and the jawbone is left to heal for several months. Once the bone has repaired itself, a new hole will be formed through drilling, and the implant will be anchored at a slightly different location.

It is possible to suffer from temporary side effects after implant surgery; swelling, discomfort and headaches are common. However, there can be some more serious complications related to the procedure such as: neuronal damage in the tissue, infection of the gum or jaw and extensive or severe bleeding. These complications can be dangerous but are extremely rare.



Smile with Confidence again with Dental Implants in Leeds

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Having trouble chewing? Can’t remember the last time you smiled with confidence? The loss of teeth can occur for many different reasons including periodontal disease or accidental injury. Missing teeth can be a source of physical discomfort and emotional distress. Fortunately, modern dental services right here in Leeds offer a viable option for replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants will restore normal chewing as well as a confident smile. A dental implant is a titanium construction that acts as the root of a tooth. The dental implant is fused to the bone of the jaw in a process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration does not result in bone loss and gum recession often associated with bridgework and dentures. Another benefit of dental implants is that they have no risk of compromising surrounding teeth as a tooth-supported bridge would. This means that dental implants not only restore missing teeth, but help save the remaining ones. Anyone with healthy gums and healthy bone structure should consider dental implants as the most advantageous means to solve the problem of missing teeth. Dental implants are typically done under local anesthesia and most patients say there is only mild discomfort during the procedure. Temporary soreness after the procedure can be resolved with over-the-counter medication. The results of dental implants are natural-looking, beautiful teeth that are comfortable and durable. The high-tech procedure of dental implants ensures that the replacement tooth feels and looks natural. Dental professionals agree that dental implants are the best option for replacing teeth. Dental implants have proven to have a high success rate. With regular dental visits and proper maintenance of brushing and flossing, dental implants can last a lifetime, and therefore are a cost effective solution to missing teeth.