Are dentures my only choice?

There may come a time when you need to look at tooth replacement.  Dentures are not your only option.  Whilst they cost a lot less than dental implants, they are less durable and could be uncomfortable. 

They may become loose in your mouth as your jaw changes shape with age. However, they are an affordable way to fill gaps and nowadays they do look more natural than in times gone by.

For the replacement of just a few teeth, a dental bridge might be the best choice.  This is like having permanent false teeth without actually having an implant.  The bridge is held in place by adjacent teeth.  However, to attach the bridge, a layer of the adjacent teeth has to be removed. 

Nonetheless, bridges are natural-looking and long-lasting, and are also available on the NHS under the band 3 treatment charge. With a private dentist, denture prices are likely to be more affordable than bridges.

Dental implants are the most expensive way to replace missing teeth, and there are ways to spread the cost which are offered by many dentists.  The reason the cost is so high is that the implants are like permanent teeth and only require routine brushing and flossing just like natural teeth.   The implant replaces a natural tooth root and integrates with the jaw bone over a fairly short period of time. 

When you have some missing teeth, it is important to your future health that you ask for help and solutions, because when there are gaps, your remaining teeth could shift their position and change your bite (the way your teeth meet when you close your jaw).  This in turn can cause headaches and other physical ailments, something many people don’t realise. The Mall’s frequently asked questions may well help resolve any queries you have, and if not, a call to their friendly team should settle any doubts.

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