Consequences of Missing Teeth

Patients from all over London and Surrey visit the Gentle Dental practice to receive life-changing restorative implant dentistry that renews their smiles. 

What Patients with Missing Teeth Must Know

Hugely impacting your confidence, teeth lost either to gum disease, tooth decay, genetics or injury can be a big problem!

The negative effects don’t stop there. Edentulism refers to the loss of permanent teeth and when gaps in the mouth are left ignored patients can be at risk of greater and broader health consequences.

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Dr Ali Rifai – Implant Dentist

Is it wrong to have missing teeth?

When a tooth is no longer present, the gum loses a lot of its natural protection against debris, thus heightening the risk of gum disease.

This can inflame the gum, contribute to a reduction in jaw bone density and even cause further tooth loss.

Leading restorative dentist Dr Rifai has seen first-hand the effects that missing teeth can have on the condition of your oral health and hygiene.

  • When you lose a tooth, the natural roots that once embedded into your jawbone are no longer there, putting pressure on surrounding teeth to hold the weight. Almost all patients with missing teeth experience bone loss.
  • Bone does not grow back, and patients can experience a depletion in bone density within just six months of losing the tooth. This will require bone grafts surgery before any reconstructive surgery can be scheduled.
  • Other teeth can shift as gaps are present, which can impact the entire bite. The risk of periodontal disease and gum recession is also high.
  • Patients can expect the shape and the structure of their face to change as teeth impact facial aesthetics.

That’s why it’s crucial to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible to protect and preserve the oral state.

The best options to replace missing teeth permanently

Which type of prosthetic or prosthesis will work for you? All the options implant dentistry can offer:

There are multiple restorative solutions to replace teeth lost.

The most popular replacement methods tend to include Bridges, Partial Dentures / Implant-Retained Dentures and Titanium Implants.

However, in recent years, patients with missing teeth have been moving away from older, less reliable treatments like dentures and bridges and opting for dental implants, which can last a lifetime.

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Solutions for missing front teeth:

Single implants are likely to be prescribed in this situation because they will be the simplest and easiest way to restore stability and aesthetics.

It will take three months, once the implant has been placed into your jawbone to fuse, we call this a period of healing or osseointegration.

The artificial teeth screw into the implant – offering more security to cemented implants.

Dental bridges can be used to replace a single tooth, however, it may not be the most natural-looking solution for patients wanting to replace front teeth. The same can be said for dentures in this scenario.

Several teeth missing:

Dental bridges can be a cost-effective solution. They are a tried and tested method of replacing several teeth in one go.

The bridge is comprised of a false tooth or teeth and is attached to neighbouring teeth on either side of the spaced area.

For a more natural-looking smile, patients can combine bridges with implantation treatments, for example; implant-supported bridges.

Individual implants can be used to replace multiple gaps across the mouth either individually, or together.

Patients can save money on treatment by combining procedures like dentures that are clipped onto implants in strategic positions.


New teeth for complete tooth loss

These are often complex cases and require a lot of work and careful attention from an experienced dental professional or prosthodontist.

Often in situations like this, we would recommend procedures like All-on-Four, so patients can save money by only purchasing implants that act as an anchor in all four corners of the mouth.

All on Four are full-arch fixed implant bridges that support either four or six dental implants at once.

The procedure offers minimal discomfort and cheaper rates than single tooth implants.

Other alternative, more affordable treatments include implant-retained dentures or implant-supported bridges.

Replacing missing teeth cost

Alternatives to artificial teeth:

  • Maryland Bridge: £650
  • Fixed Bridge: £575 per unit
  • Dental implant (crown and abutment): £1,900
  • All on 4/6 (Full arch): £9,995
  • Zygoma: £19,995
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The cheapest way to pay for implant surgery

Looking to replace a number of teeth on a budget? Honestly, you should not be looking for cheap solutions when it comes to replacing teeth.

Your natural teeth are very strong and help you in lots of different ways you may not even realise.

Comprising on the cost of these treatments will mean that you are choosing lower-quality treatments by non-experienced or specialist dentists.

Tooth replacement can be expensive depending on the treatment you choose but remember it comes at a cost for a reason, especially in the case of dental implants, which require very little maintenance and last practically forever.

Patients can spread the cost however with 0% finance options, which will allow for no-interest payments for up to 24 months.

Implants are not free on the NHS as they dramatically enhance your appearance, so are therefore considered cosmetic in nature.

Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!

Single Implants

Often used in simple cases where one tooth has been lost by accident or trauma. More.

Multiple Implants

Used in cases of multiple tooth loss in different locations in the mouth, where teeth are not missing in a row. More.


Perfect for full mouth reconstructions, where patients have experienced tooth loss on the upper and lower jaws. More.


When securing implants to the jawbone is not possible, zygomatic implants are used to attach to the bone in the cheekbone. More.

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