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Replacing Your Teeth in Hertfordshire

At Bancroft Dentistry in Hitchin, we will do whatever it takes to save your tooth but sometimes we have to accept the inevitable and a tooth has to be lost. When that happens it is reassuring to know there are alternatives and that your dental team will discuss this through in full with you.

We are able to save many more teeth than we used to be able to, with better and easier access to root canal treatment (endodontics) and better treatment outcomes. However, despite advances in dental technology, we sometimes have to lose a tooth or teeth. We understand this can be quite traumatic and upsetting for some patients so we will discuss treatment options with you to help with these decisions.


You may already have a tooth missing or several teeth and be looking to have replacements, these options ahead are for discussion with your dental team following a full assessment of your current dental health.

the Bancroft way . . . putting patients first

Dental Bridges

Since that advent of dental implants in dentistry, dental bridges are possibly no longer as utilised as often as was in the past, with one or two exceptions.

Since that advent of dental implants in dentistry, dental bridges are possibly no longer as utilised as often as was in the past, with one or two exceptions.


A bridge is a permanent way to replace a missing tooth. That is, it can’t be removed by you and is fixed to your own teeth. It still needs to be maintained and cleaned in the same way you do your own teeth.


At Bancroft Dentistry we tend to use two types of bridges:


A Fixed Bridge


This type tends to be made if an implant cannot be performed OR out of choice.
The two teeth either side of the gap are prepared as for crowns and these are joined by a false crown (or crowns) between these two teeth.


In most cases, nowadays, we use all ceramic materials (much like crowns) – the result, although possibly a little more destructive for the teeth can be aesthetically excellent – particularly with the UK Dental Technicians we use to make them!


An adhesive or Maryland bridge


These, certainly have their place as a provisional or permanent solution to a missing tooth.
There is often minimal or no preparation to the tooth required – the bridge is made with a wing that attaches with dental cement to the back surface of your tooth.


Your dentist will discuss with you the type of bridge that is suitable for your missing teeth and explain the full procedure. As with crowns, it takes two appointments to prepare and then to fit the bridges.


Making excellent lifelike dentures (unlike those you may have had in the past) is complex skill.

Our dentists have been trained to a high level to make dentures that fit well (on some occasions are so retentive they are difficult to remove!)


We work with dedicated UK based denture dental technicians who produce work to the highest level to make the end result a work of art!


Ask our dentists if we can help!


Dental health checks and assessments for all the family providing care plans for a future of great dental health.


Dental hygiene care and gum treatments to ensure optimal dental health and the foundation for great dentistry.


Using the very best of technology and techniques including dental fillings and dental crowns to repair your teeth to their natural form and beauty.


When teeth are missing we can provide dental implants, bridges and dentures to suit you based on the best evidence in dentistry


Cosmetic dentistry, from teeth whitening to veneers using the most up to date treatments to enhance your smile.


Spread the cost of your dental care with our Dental Care Plan which allows for monthly payments…


We welcome new patients to Bancroft Dentistry, have a look around and find out more.


We want you to be able to contact your dental team with ease, phone, email, message, in person.