Options for Missing Teeth

Let us replace your missing teeth and fix your dental problems. 

What are the treatment options for missing teeth?

Missing teeth not only look bad but also interfere with normal dental functions. Undoubtedly, teeth help you tear and chew food. They also help you in speech,  maintaining the health of your jawbone and jaw muscles. Missing teeth can hamper all these functions, making it difficult to eat or pronounce certain words. Missing teeth also lead to the drifting of adjacent teeth into empty spaces, resulting in bite problems. An improper bite can cause unnecessary friction between the remaining teeth, lead to tooth wear and temperature sensitivity. Straining of the jaw joint leads to headaches, jaw muscle soreness, and jaw pain.

treatment options:

Dental Bridges

Dentures

Dental implants

Implant-supported dentures

Comparing the Options

Dental bridges can replace lost teeth easily using the support of adjacent teeth. They bridge the missing tooth gap with false teeth, in the centre, supported by crowns on the two ends. The crowns sit on the natural teeth and provide support to the entire bridge. Dental bridges look quite natural when placed. They are fixed to the teeth using strong cement, so there is no danger of them getting misplaced or lost. 

Pros:

  • Replicate the appearance and look of natural teeth 
  • Comfortable even while chewing 
  • Processing time 1-2 weeks 

Cons:

  • Adjacent teeth need to be reshaped 
  • Patients need to have good oral hygiene to maintain them for a long time 
  • Unsuitable for individuals with poor gum health

Dentures are artificial detachable teeth that fill up the space created by missing teeth. They are fixed on a pink resin base that looks like your gums. Dentures can be designed to match the colour of your teeth and gums. They are an excellent treatment option for those requiring an inexpensive fix for their missing teeth. 

Dentures can restore many teeth at once. They also contribute to the fullness of the lips and cheeks, giving you a younger look. Patients can remove them whenever they want, so it’s easy to clean them and maintain good oral hygiene. 

Pros

  • Can replicate gums and teeth both 
  • No tooth trimming or surgical steps involved
  • Quick and easy removal
  • Easier to clean 
  • Easier to repair if broken 
  • Cheaper than implants and bridges 

Cons

  • If dentures do not have a good fit, they can feel loose while speaking, coughing, eating etc
  • Higher chance of losing the denture with frequent removal for cleaning or storage 

 

Conventional dentures can become loose while chatting, biting on hard foods, or just opening the mouth too wide while yawning. Fixed implant-supported dentures were developed to prevent such problems. Not only are implant-supported dentures more stable as they are secured to the bone, but they are also great for people with bony ridge loss. Without adequate bone in the mouth, there is no support for the denture to sit on, so implant-supported dentures are considered the perfect treatment option. 

Implant-supported dentures are durable and last a very long time. They are more comfortable than regular dentures and allow patients to eat comfortably as they would with natural teeth. Implant dentures also improve speech since there is no sliding or rocking of the dentures in the mouth. 

Pros:

  • Fixed prosthesis, so no need to take them out and clean them separately 
  • No need for adhesives to keep the denture in place
  • Improved chewing 
  • Improved speech 
  • It can last for life if taken good care 

Cons: 

  • Costlier than dentures or bridges

Implant-supported dentures are used to restore entire rows of teeth in one go, but to restore a single tooth, you require a single implant. A dental implant is a screw-shaped system that anchors false teeth into your bone, just like a tooth root. Dental implants are a permanent treatment option; it is possible for an implant to last for decades, given your oral hygiene practices are satisfactory. The implant crown sits on top of the screw-like system and mimics a natural tooth . It is screwed or cemented in place, so there is no danger of the implant falling off. 

Pros: 

  • Perfect fit 
  • More natural-looking
  • Long-lasting & Durable 
  • Very comfortable 
  • Better speech and phonation than bridges or dentures
  • Easy to eat food with 
  • Easy to maintain oral hygiene 
  • Prevent bone loss
  • Do not require trimming of adjacent teeth 

Cons: 

  • Costlier than dental bridges or dentures
  • Involves a surgical procedure

Happy Patients

We always strive to ensure that all our patients leave us smiling

I was so nervous and anxious about going to the dentist after a long time … And now I am not afraid anymore and I feel very happy to have Miriam Kenny as my dentist. I recomend her 100% I was very nervous and scared when going to a dentist, because after many years without going, because of pregnancy, breastfeeding, etc., I was very scared … but Miriam is a very professional woman. I feel in very good hands. And happy to no longer fear going to the dentist! I recommend it 100%

Ca ED Avatar Ca ED
February 12, 2019

Miriam Kenny truly is an exceptional dentist. Passionate about her work, honest in her assessment and faultless during procedure. Miriam goes above and beyond to ensure a smooth experience for all patients. The whole team are fantastic and I would highly recommend this practice.

Lauren Wright Avatar Lauren Wright
September 28, 2018
options for missing teeth

Why it is important to act now

Nobody wants a missing tooth in the oral cavity. It is not only aesthetically displeasing but also contributes to functional problems in biting, alignment, speech, bone regression and phonation.

Starting from dental bridges, complete/partial removable and fixed dentures to implants and implant-supported dentures; we can replace your missing teeth and fix your dental problems. 

Practice Plan

We offer a Dental Practice Plan. This provides our patients a way to spread the cost of attending for regular preventive dental care. You can join our plan from as little as €14.50 per month.

Miriam Kenny Morehampton Dental Practice

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How Much do Missing Teeth Options Cost?

At Miriam Kenny Morehampton Dental Practice we aim to provide state of the art, quality affordable dental treatment to all.

It was with this in mind that we created our affordable dental plans, which helps us to keep your teeth, gums and oral health in tip-top shape.

With our Practice Plan, you will attend every 6 months with the hygienist and once yearly for your dental examination and have no fees to pay at these visits. The cost of these visits is covered by your monthly subscription – this is as low as €14.50 or €21, depending on whether you qualify for the “PRSI” benefit.

 

Miriam Kenny Morehampton Dental Practice

Your Trusted Dental Clinic

Our practice is based on providing a high standard of modern dentistry in a friendly, professional manner. It is our mission to help our patients maintain their teeth and a healthy mouth for their lifetime.

Our entire team is committed to this ideal. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from returning patients and referrals of their family and friends. We welcome and are grateful for these referrals.

It has been normal for a long time in modern dentistry to sterilise instruments after use and to clean and disinfect surfaces.

With the current Covid-19 pandemic we are paying particular attention to our normal cross-infection practices, but in addition, we are keeping the practice well ventilated (it may feel cold) and we use a special Fogging machine with Hypochlorous acid (HOCL) which is an all-natural antimicrobial agent made from salt and water by an electrolysis unit. Fogging of each surgery is carried out between patients after any treatment involving an aerosol.

To reduce aerosol production during procedures with the dentist we most often use a little device called a rubber dam —.50 this isolates the immediate teeth we are working with & protects the back of mouth. During hygienist treatment we are using an extra suction device outside of the mouth, this also reduces aerosol production.

We offer modern dentistry in a friendly professional caring environment.

The practice is owned & directed by Miriam Kenny and as the business owner and the principal healthcare professional, I am primarily interested in providing evidence-based dental healthcare. This means my priority is to help my dental patients to maintain their own natural teeth in a healthy mouth for their lifetime.

We can help improve your smile - we offer a range of options depending on what is most appropriate for you, from tooth whitening to composite bonding to ceramic veneers, crowns and bridges.

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Address

First Floor, 79 Morehampton Rd,
Donnybrook, Dublin 4, D04 H2Y3

Phone

016683620

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Treatments you may consider

An affordable, effective, and non-invasive option for correcting tooth loss problems. Bridges are fixed onto the natural teeth with bonding cement to ensure the prosthesis.

Permanent option for missing teeth. Implants are fixed into the bone, like natural teeth. After that, a dental crown is placed onto the implant to ensure your teeth look and comfort