Alternatives to Dental Implants: Exploring Your Options

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are often the first option that comes to mind. But there are other alternatives that may be more suitable for your needs. From dentures to bridges and root canal therapy, our expert dentist explains all the options available to you. Dentures are one of the most common dental implant alternatives. Full-mouth dentures replace the upper and lower arches of your teeth, giving you a full set of straight teeth.

While they allow you to chew more thoroughly than you could with badly damaged gums or teeth alone, they don't allow you to chew as effectively as dental implants or natural teeth, so your diet may be somewhat limited. Partial dentures are individualized to fill the gaps in the mouth and are used when you still have some healthy teeth, but you have several missing teeth that need to be replaced. The teeth of the partial dentures are attached to a plastic base designed to match the color of the gums, so that the dentures blend in with the other teeth. Fixed bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. Your dentist will use a special type of bonding material to install the bridge in the space, and only your dentist can remove the bridge.

The placement of dental implants is one of the most common dental procedures in the world, but many people are reluctant to undergo the procedure simply out of fear. Fortunately, implants are one of MANY ways to replace missing teeth. A Maryland bridge is a less invasive alternative to dental implants. Instead of preparing adjacent teeth for crowns, the new artificial tooth is manufactured with small “wings” that are attached to the back of the adjacent teeth with a very strong glue and this holds the new tooth in place. The advantage of this bridge is that, in general, an anesthetic injection is not necessary because the structure of the adjacent teeth is intact. A bridge is also a great option if you're missing one or two teeth that are next to each other.

They work by connecting a pontic (a false tooth) to a crown (abutment) on either side of the tooth. If you have a loose tooth and may be “hopeless”, you can still save it with treatment for gum disease. If your tooth is threatened by an infection inside the tooth, we can use root canal therapy to clean the tooth and make it stable again. The tooth will be reinforced and finished with a dental crown. The success rate of root canal therapy is comparable to that of dental implants and has the benefit of retaining the natural tooth.

In addition, the dental crown means that it will also improve the appearance of the tooth. If you later need to replace the treated tooth, you can usually have a dental implant placed and, in the meantime, you'll enjoy the benefits of having a natural tooth instead of an implant. The cost is slightly lower than that of a dental implant. Implant-supported dentures are another alternative for those who don't want to undergo surgery for dental implants. These dentures adhere perfectly to dental implants, allowing us to reduce or remove the palate of an upper denture and preventing them from moving.

The support provided by dental implants also restores almost all of the original bite force. Immediate loading implants are a newer solution that allows you to avoid temporary prosthesis. Lightweight but very natural-looking replacement teeth are placed on the same day as the implant procedure and will then return in a few weeks or months for its final restoration. No matter what your needs or budget may be, there's an alternative to dental implants that can help restore your smile and give you back your confidence. From dentures and bridges to root canal therapy and implant-supported dentures, our expert dentist can help you find an option that works best for you.

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