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Missing Front Tooth

Missing a front tooth is not exactly easy to hide or live with. Explore what Dr Rifai recommends for long-term support as well as your most life-like options…

Your realistic replacement options

If you’re missing your front tooth or about to lose it, we understand just how traumatising this can be – especially when there are not many replacement options for you to choose from. Whilst dentistry has advanced for missing teeth, it’s really only taken leaps and bounds within implant dentistry. Therefore, patients are left with a great option (that comes at a cost), or inferior tooth replacement options that might not cost them now but will likely cost them in the future (not just in money, but their oral health).

Restorative dentist Dr Ali Rifai talks through your main front tooth replacement options, which he hopes allows more patients to make better, more informed decisions on which is the most suitable option for them.

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Dental implants *Best Choice

  • Lasts 30 years or more
  • Best for chewing and speech
  • Preserves oral health

The expense – however available on 0% finance.

  • 1 hour to place
  • 3-6 months to heal
  • Temporary tooth placed

dental implants to close the gaps of missing teeth

*A veneer was used for the left front tooth.

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Dental bridges

  • Lasts 5-15 years
  • Stops teeth shifting
  • Restores function
  • Healthy teeth require crowns
  • Neighbouring teeth need to be shaved
  • Tooth decay is common
  • 1.5 hours placement
  • 2-4 weeks to heal

bridge and porcelain veneers before and after

*Veneers were combined with this bridge procedure

Using implants to secure the bridge:

Partial Denture

  • Cheapest alternative
  • Non-invasive
  • Lasts 5-7 years
  • Loose and uncomfortable
  • Relies on suction or clips/clasps
  • Causes bone loss and gum shrinkage

Making a partial denture will take 6-8 weeks; an appointment will be required to take moulds.

Free Missing Tooth Consultation

Not sure which missing front tooth option is right for you? Meet with our experienced team for free to discover your options and what is possible for your smile.

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Other Alternative Options

A dental implant is considered the gold standard of tooth replacement as it replaces the root of the tooth and is not reliant on the health of other teeth to be successful (like seen with bridges).

However, if a dental implant is out of the question, then here are some alternative options we can look into:

  • More often used as a temporary tooth 
  • More likely to unglue but can be re-glued at home
  • Costs from £650
  • Will last 1-5 years and has a total treatment time of 2-4 weeks
  • If fixed teeth are a non-negotiable option, this treatment won’t be right for you
  • The quality of your removable denture will vary from technician to technician and practice to practice
  • Metal-based dentures are more secure than plastic ones
  • Dentures can be unpredictable and sometimes it can be impossible to stop them from moving around
  • Costs from £1,200 requiring up to six appointments over 1-2 months
  • Not recommended by dentists for a permanent front tooth solution
  • Composite bridges are made in the dental room rather than in a specialist lab
  • Best for short-term and emergency treatment
  • Not made from porcelain and is susceptible to staining
  • Treatment time is 45 minutes and costs from £300 per denture
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