Kingswalk Dental Implant Practice

Missing Teeth

I have a missing tooth/teeth, what can I do?

There are four options:

Option Advantages Disadvantages

Leave the gap

Cost neutral

Gap may be visible may lead to further problems such as drifting and overeruption of adjacent teeth

Removable Denture

Minimal cost - NHS and private options

Multiple visits. Movement during use. Should  be left out at night and taken out to clean



Good looks, lasts well, strong bite NHS and private options

Moderate cost two or three visits involves cutting healthy adjacent teeth


Good looks, lasts a lifetime and no damage to adjacent teeth (private only)

Initial higher cost involves two stage surgery over 6 months

What is an implant?

An implant is made of titanium and is surgically placed into the bone, where it ‘fuses’ with the surrounding tissue. Once it has fully healed (3-6 months) a tooth can be screwed into the implant.  You can replace single or multiple missing teeth in this way. Implants can last a lifetime and mean that the teeth either side of the gap are left untouched which makes it an excellent option. Your dentist will need to make a full assessment of the bone depth and quality, and may refer you for specialist imaging before deciding if an implant is possible.


Visit the patient sections of or for more detailed information about dental implants. At kingswalk dental practice we have a team of experienced dentists, nurses, technicians and support staff and we follow all current guidelines and protocols ensuring you receive the best possible care from initial planning, through first and second stage surgery to final fittings. An example of two missing teeth restored with implant retained crowns:



What is a bridge?

A bridge has two parts, the retainer, which is fixed to your tooth and is attached to the pontic, which fills the gap where a tooth has been lost. The retainer(s), may be a crown (this is called a fixed bridge). In some cases the retainer is a metal wing ( this is called an acid etch or Maryland bridge) which is cemented to the back of your tooth. A wing retainer has the advantage of requiring less tooth preparation than a crown, therefore preserves as much of your own tooth as possible. It has the disadvantage of being less strong and more prone to coming loose than a fixed bridge. An example of a fixed bridge to replace a missing canine using the two teth either side of the gap as retainers.




An example of an acid etch bridge to replace a missing premolar: (the metal wing is only visible from inside the mouth)


What is a denture?

Full dentures (false teeth) are made of plastic and replace all of the teeth. Partial dentures replace one or more teeth and are held in by clasps around your own teeth. They can be made of plastic or cobalt chromium. Your dentist will take imprints of your mouth over a number of visits to send to the lab where the denture is constructed.

Practice Location

By foot from the RVI: along Queen Victoria Rd then bear left at the junction of Richardson Rd.

The Practice is situated towards the top end of Leazes Park Rd, along from La Toscana and opposite Barker and Stonehouse

By car: parking on Leazes Park Rd

By metro or bus: alight at the Haymarket

By foot from the Haymarket: Walk along Percy St and turn up St. Thomas St, then turn left to Leazes Park Rd.

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