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3 Great Choices For Missing Teeth

Posted on: September 13th, 2018 by freshadmin No Comments

If you have lost a tooth, or a few teeth, either through decay or accident, you may choose to live with the gap.  Alternatively, as with most of our patients, you will want to replace them, and you will want to know what your choices are.  In these simple steps, the SameDay Teeth Suite will explain your options so you can make your decision and restore your smile.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post surgically implanted into your jawbone. After the healing period of several months, when the implant has fused in place a false tooth is secured to the implant. Where a number of teeth are missing, dentures or bridges can be screwed or clipped onto the implant. Implants are considered the gold-standard restoration in modern day dentistry as they are the strongest, longest lasting, and life-like restorative option available to you.


If only one or two of your teeth are missing, your dentist may recommend a bridge. This consists of two crowns, which are placed on your natural teeth either side of the space, with an artificial tooth in the middle. Bridges are made of porcelain and metal, and there are many designs.

Your dentist will prepare your natural teeth on either side of the space for the crowns to fit on top. The crowns are permanently attached to an artificial tooth in the centre. The biggest advantage, in comparison to dentures, is enhanced aesthetics and a fixed solution.


It is sometimes necessary to extract teeth due to ill health and decay.  After you have teeth removed, it can take several months for your jawbone and gums to heal completely. During this time, your dentist may fit a temporary denture. Your dentist can usually fit this on the same day that your teeth are removed so you can wear it immediately.

As your jaw heals, the temporary denture may become loose and need adjusting. It can take up to six months for your jawbone and gums to become stable. Your dentist will then be able to fit your long-term denture or bridge.

The benefits of dentures are that they are the most economical and non-invasive restorative option. However, the biggest drawback is that they are not fixed and need to be removed to clean. In addition, they have reduced retention, in comparison to other restorative options.

Which Option To Choose

The most appropriate treatment for you will depend on the number of teeth you have missing. It will also depend on where teeth are missing in your mouth and the condition of any remaining teeth. Your general and oral health status will be a determining factor. Your dentist will help you decide which option is best for you.

Your New Teeth

Whichever option you and your dentist decide upon, rest assured you will have natural looking and fully functioning new teeth.  Made by the skilled clinical dental technician at our laboratory, with the assistance of cad-cam technology, each tooth is made individually to not only look good but to work well.  Whether you choose implants, bridges or dentures, your new teeth will be both strong and natural looking.

Are you missing teeth? Are you thinking about your options? If you have any further questions that you would like answering, please post your questions below and we will be happy to answer them.

What is the cheapest way to replace a missing tooth?

Posted on: August 22nd, 2018 by freshadmin No Comments

When a patient presents with a missing tooth, we offer them three options: a removable denture, a bridge, or a dental implant.
The cheapest options are removable dentures and dental bridges.

1. Removable Dentures

What are the advantages of a removable denture?
Dentures are more economical than dental implants or bridges. You can use high-quality teeth which can make a denture look like a natural tooth. Therefore, meaning, it will improve the look of your smile. Modern dentures are more comfortable and look more like natural teeth than those made with previous technologies and poor-quality materials in the past.

What are the low downs of removable dentures?
Disadvantages of dentures are that there is a period where it takes time to get used to. Initially, they will feel strange in the mouth and may even cause a bit of soreness and excess saliva. You will feel as if sometimes there are certain letters which you can’t pronounce but you will adapt to this.

Another disadvantage is that you will have to learn how to eat with a denture. Chewing feels a bit different initially, but then you will adapt.

It is very important that dentures are cared for. They are very fragile if not handled properly. Dentures will eventually need adjustment or replacement as they wear out and as your mouth and jaw will change during the years.

2. Dental Bridges

Another option to replace a missing tooth is a dental bridge.

What are the advantages of dental bridges?
One of the main advantages of having a dental bridge is that it can look great aesthetically. By using high-quality materials, modern techniques, and high-quality technicians, you can make a bridge look like a tooth.

Another advantage is that a bridge is not removable. It is fixed in your mouth, so you don’t have to worry about taking it out to clean like a denture.

It is still very important to look after the bridge, and this is done with good oral hygiene but also seeing a hygienist regularly. Studies have shown that fixed bridges, like individual crowns, are very predictable and also last a long time if looked after properly.

Another advantage of having a dental bridge is that it requires a relatively quick procedure. For the majority of cases for a dental bridge, it can take 2 appointments from start to finish, which is a much quicker procedure than having an implant or a partial denture.

Dental bridges are sometimes known to be less invasive than dental implants, and sometimes when you require dental implants, you may require a bone graft if you don’t have enough bone. For anyone who can’t have implants due to inadequate bone or for medical reason, a dental bridge is a great fixed alternative.

What are the disadvantages of having a dental bridge?
Each case is different; but of course if you have adjacent teeth which have had no filings, and are known as virgin teeth, then of course it would be highly destructive to cut them down for a dental bridge.

Not all types of bridges are destructive. For example, resin-retained bridges or composite bridges are much more conservative though not as predictable and long-lasting than a fixed bridge.

Another disadvantage of having a bridge is that when a tooth is prepared for a full crown as a part of a bridge, there is a risk that that tooth may require a root canal treatment in the future if the nerve dies.

Another disadvantage is that you have to adapt your cleaning habits around a bridge. Since the fake tooth is joined to the teeth either side, it is not possible to use floss in between the teeth. Therefore, you may have to use something called superfloss underneath the bridge to keep it clean regularly.

To learn what would be the best and the cheapest option for your specific case, give us a call on 01509 323420 to book your free initial consultation.

2 Uplifting Denture Solutions

Posted on: March 28th, 2018 by freshadmin No Comments

Whether you need one tooth replaced, a few teeth or a full set there are several choices of dentures to suit your needs and desires. Whatever you select, they must fit, feel comfortable, perform well and look realistic. The Same Day Teeth Suite will talk you through your different options so you can make an informed decision.

So you have lost a tooth, or several teeth, through age, disease, decay or injury and not only does it look unsightly but your bite has been affected and without replacement teeth your jaw will eventually alter, causing your face to look sunken, your chin and nose too prominent, and, sadly, you can end up looking as if you would benefit from a facelift. Help is at hand. The result of this experience is you need to replace your missing teeth with a partial denture. Whether it is a front or back tooth, one, two or three, you can have a cobalt chrome denture or a clear plastic partial denture without looking or feeling as if you have prematurely aged.

The cobalt chrome denture is a fantastic solution. It has a metal framework which hooks onto specific teeth and increases the retention of the denture, making sure it stays in place. One of the biggest fears of all denture wearers is they will lose their teeth at an embarrassing moment and will suffer from the humiliation, becoming the butt of many jokes.

A second great feature of the cobalt chrome denture is it only partially covers the roof of your mouth. Made of lightweight materials, it does not feel awkward or alien in your mouth and does not affect speech or chewing. It can be used to replace front teeth, and some side teeth, provided the adjacent crucial teeth are healthy and strong and can withstand the clasps.

The second solution is a plastic partial denture, an acrylic denture. This denture can also replace one or several teeth. It is an excellent choice if you need to replace your back teeth or molars as it creates a suction effect to keep the denture securely in place.

The aesthetics of dentures are critical. Whether you are a candidate for cobalt chrome or clear plastic dentures, it is the teeth and gums which must be made well to replicate natural teeth and look entirely realistic with the rest of your teeth and your smile.

At the Same Day Teeth Suite we offer different levels of quality of cobalt chrome dentures and acrylic dentures which vary in design, quality of material and teeth. If you would like to discuss new dentures or consider replacing your old ones, contact The Same Day Teeth Suite for a personal consultation here.

New Tips On How To Choose Your Dentures in Leicester

Posted on: February 24th, 2016 by freshadmin No Comments

Some patients eventually need a full set of dentures and rather than bemoan this unfortunate state of affairs you can replace all your natural teeth with a  well constructed complete set and embrace the opportunity to have a beautiful smile.

Sadly, some patients with missing teeth have been fitted by another dentist with a poorly made set of dentures which not only were uncomfortable, unreliable and looked fake but altered their profile. Their cheeks were sunken, making their nose and chin protrude, and they did not recognise themselves.  The SameDay Teeth Suite in Leicester are only too happy to make and fit new dentures to boost your confidence and restore your smile.

When researching your options for a good set of dentures, it is important your dentist has lots of experience in providing dentures which are not only aesthetically pleasing but which are stable and reliable.  They must fit and function well.

For those who don’t know, a full denture consists of a removable plate with a complete set of replacement teeth permanently attached.  There are various types, made of different materials, but the one most favoured by our patients are the BPS or Swiss dentures.  Just like their watches, Swiss technology, in the field of denture manufacture, is vastly superior to any other. These dentures are not only the most comfortable and best looking but function well, making speaking, eating and chewing pleasurable and reliable.  Instead of bemoaning your fate, you will look forward to your new teeth.

Many patients fear that after the essential extraction of a tooth, or many teeth for the sake of their oral health, there will be a period of time when they are toothless. The prospect is humiliating and embarrassing and you may want to shy away.  No problem.  Immediate dentures fill the gap while your mouth heals and your personal dentures are being made to custom fit.  Nobody goes home toothless.

Before extraction, we have an appointment with you to make some molds and assess your bite.  This information is sent to our laboratory where a temporary, or immediate, denture is constructed ready to replace your tooth on the day it has to be extracted.  You have a fully functioning tooth, or teeth, before fitting your permanent denture about eight weeks later.

There is a waiting period between the loss or extraction of teeth and your dentures because the bone has to heal and it will shrink.  Fitting permanent dentures too soon render them unstable and they become loose.

Unfortunately, lower full dentures are the most challenging types of dentures. Because the lower jawbone tends to shrink at a rapid rate and, in some patients, the lower jawbone can be almost flat,  a denture cannot have a suction effect without the hardened bone and can be very unstable. The ideal solution is to stabilise it using dental implants. We can stabilise a denture using locator attachments. Two implants are surgically fitted in the lower jawbone, and the locator attachments are fitted within the denture. The denture clicks onto the implants and stays in place without causing you concern.

Another solution is to consider bar attachments, which work in a similar way to implants but, in this instance, the denture is clicked onto the bar.

These are some examples of how we can stabilise a denture by using implant retained denture:

Denture Stabilised by Implants



Upper Denture Stabilised by Implants




Upper fixed bridge with implants and Lower Denture on Implants





If you need to replace your teeth, or your dentures, contact the SameDay Teeth Suite in Leicester HERE for a personal consultation.

How to Reconstruct your Smile after an Accident

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by freshadmin No Comments

Whether it’s sports-related injuries, unexpected accidents or a long-term issue all of us can suddenly become the victim of a traumatic dental injury and these can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Chipped, dislodged or knocked-out teeth are all examples of how these injuries can range in severity and each treatment changes depending on what the exact problem is. However, no matter what the dental injury, an immediate dental examination or free consultation is crucial as neighbouring teeth can potentially be affected and only a proper inspection can ensure the correct treatment is diagnosed and implemented.

The Sameday Teeth Suite in Nottingham, Leicester and Loughborough understands this need for specialised procedures and as a result can offer the best dentists who combine advanced skills, techniques and technologies to both repair your teeth and prevent possible further damage. Dental problems come in many ways and it is important to recognise what happens in each situation.

Tooth loss Injuries

If an injury or accident has resulted in the breaking off of a large piece of tooth a dentist may decide to apply a crown, or tooth-shaped cap, to the damaged area. This permanent crown can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin or all ceramic material and each provides different benefits. Metal crowns are the strongest available whilst porcelain and resin crowns provide the benefit of appearing almost identical to an original tooth. If the damaged tooth is almost completely broken off leaving only the root a dentist can place a pin in the root which then provides a base on which to build a new structure capable of attaching one of the previously mentioned crowns to.

In the case of a knocked-out tooth or teeth it is vital that you undertake the following steps. An emergency appointment with your dentist should be made immediately and you should protect your loose tooth in between the accident and appointment. This protection comes via holding the tooth by the crown, not the root, avoiding scraping or brushing the tooth, rinsing it with milk or salt water solution if dirty and keeping the tooth in your mouth if possible, either in its socket or between your cheek and gum. Do not rinse the tooth with water or alcohol and if you can’t hold the tooth in your mouth place it in a clean container and cover it with milk or your own saliva.

If you have carefully protected your loose tooth the dentist will then reimplant it as soon as possible, ideally within an hour, after the accident or injury first occurred. The tooth will be splintered to surrounding teeth via clear plastic or a thin piece of wire. This splint will help the tooth heal back into place and your dentist will advise you on how to proceed after any repair work.

Tooth Replacements

In the event of a lost tooth your dentist will look to replace it using dentures, a bridge or an implant and each method comes with its own procedure and benefit.

  • Dentures, commonly known as false teeth, are constructed to replace missing teeth and fit in the mouth supported by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity which surround the replacement.
  • Bridges are generally used when dentists are required to replace more than one tooth as they span the area of all missing teeth. These bridges are cemented into place by attaching them to the natural or implanted teeth which surround the damaged area.
  • The final regularly used method is dental implants and these are essentially metal posts or frames which can be placed into the jawbone underneath your gums. These implants are fused to the bone and provide an extremely secure fit and as a result can feel more nature than the other two previously mentioned procedures.
  • Another option comes in the form of the all-on-4 system, a contemporary procedure, that provides patients suffering from particularly traumatic dental problems a simplified solution that allows for full-arch rehabilitation. This fixed bridge is supported by only four dental implants and as a result the entire process can be undertaken in just one day.

It’s hard to imagine awful dental injuries but the world can throw up unexpected accidents and as a result it helps to realise that there are a variety of treatments out there in which experienced experts dentists can provide the best dental care relative to your situation. That smile will be back in no-time!