Replacing missing teeth – your options

Missing teeth can be a great source of anxiety and embarrassment for many people and replacing missing teeth is a long-term investment into your emotional wellbeing.

A missing tooth (or indeed several missing tooth) can cause a number of complications with an individual’s wider health. Failing to replace missing teeth can present problems with speech and breaking down food as well as with the jawbone. You can read more about jawbone resorption here.


Dentures are a removable cost-effective and solution for missing teeth. They offer patients an authentic and natural appearance, in keeping with your natural teeth.

Dentures are made by taking impressions of your teeth which means they are an exact and comfortable fit for your tooth structure. Before a final model is created, there will be several assessments to ensure that they are the perfect fit, colour and shape for you. Some foods may be challenging to eat at first but patients get used to eating with dentures fairly easily.

Dental implants

Dental implants replace a tooth’s root, fusing with your jawbone. Dental implants are made up of an implant (inserted into the gum), an abutment (connecting the implant to the restoration) and a restoration (the aesthetic part of the implant such as a crown or bridge). Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to eat the foods you love without difficulty and making no alterations to your speech.


Why replace a missing tooth?

  • Improve your confidence and emotional wellbeing – a missing tooth can stop you from smiling and lower your confidence. Many patients find that this is one of the best investments they make, rendering them happier, healthier and more confident.
  • Prevent jaw resorption – teeth are responsible for maintaining your facial structure and your jawbone – if several missing teeth go untreated for a long period, this can cause the jaw to recede into the face as it does not have sufficient support to maintain its own structure. Dental implants are the answer here.
  • Improve the aesthetic of your smile – dentures and dental implants will restore your smile, making it appear healthy and natural again.

If you would like more information about solutions for missing teeth at Cliftonville, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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