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what can be done about missing teeth

Here at The Dental Clinic Radlett we often see patients who are unhappy with their teeth. Sometimes this is because they have one or more teeth missing; creating gaps in their smile line, making them feel self-conscious. During an initial consultation, we do a thorough oral health check and discuss your treatment options.

To help you, we have put together the top questions we are asked most frequently by patients who are considering having their missing teeth replaced.

Simon and Stuart work on the majority of our dental implant cases and has given many a patient a restored and functional smile.

They have over 15 years’ experience in advanced cosmetic dentistry and have a particular passion and special interest in the provision of dental implants .

Question: Does it hurt to get dental implants?

Simon: Dental implants will be placed under local anaesthetic so you will not feel anything during the treatment. Afterwards, you might feel a bit sore for a few days but we will provide you plenty of advice on how to manage this with painkillers and a soft diet in the meantime. If you are nervous about the treatment be sure to let us know beforehand. We will be able to help you to overcome your fears or offer a sedative so that you don’t have to be awake during the implant surgery.

Question: Do your teeth get filed back when you get veneers?

Simon: There is an element of tooth filing involved in the preparation of teeth for dental veneers. This is to remove the shiny outside layer of the enamel in order to ensure the veneer can properly bond to the tooth and will only be a tiny layer the same thickness of the veneer to ensure it doesn’t stick out.

 Question: Are dentures the only solution to missing teeth?

Stuart: With all the technology we have available to use these days, there are so many solutions to missing teeth that dentures are no longer the only option. Many people would prefer to avoid having dentures where possible because they can be uncomfortable or become loose during the day. A permanent solution is preferable where possible, in terms of aesthetics as well as function. Removing your teeth and popping them in a glass overnight is not what we would class as sexy, so for many this just isn’t an option. Crowns and implants can provide the answer to the dilemma of missing teeth, and veneers can close smaller gaps due to chips, breakages or small teeth.

Here at The Dental Clinic, our team members Simon Assor and Stuart Levy have had the right training and knowledge to properly look after your teeth and to know whether the treatment is actually suitable for you and to carry it out without damaging your teeth or gums.

If you are interested in getting any of your teeth replaced, you will also be pleased to know that we offer complimentary consultations if you would like to discuss Dental Implants. If you have any questions, be sure to book an appointment with us today to discuss your options. Drop into the practice at The Dental Clinic, 359 Watling Street, Radlett, Herts, WD7 7LB or call us on 01923 859678.