Alternatives to Dental Implants
While dental implants are the most natural looking tooth replacement option, they are not suitable for everyone. Though most patients are candidates, there are a few exceptions. If you are not a dental implant candidate, we have a number of options available to replace missing teeth.
Replace Missing Teeth
Single Tooth Replacement
For single tooth replacement, here are some treatments:
Tooth supported fixed bridge
This is the most common single tooth procedure, and it does require more care and maintenance. If not done correctly, this can damage healthy teeth that are on the either side of the missing tooth because that is where it will be attached. This can also have a negative impact on your face’s appearance, as well as the way you smile as this can degenerate over time.
Resin bonded bridge or Maryland bonded bridges are made of porcelain and fused metal. Dentist recommends this to patients who need to restore their front teeth. It is also attached to healthy teeth from both sides. This attachment is called wings.
Removable partial dentures
This type of non-implant procedure is quite uncomfortable. Removable partial dentures can affect the way you speak and how you eat; this is because they might fall when you chew hard food. However, this is less expensive than the other options, but the dentures do not appear natural like the original tooth.
Multiple Teeth Replacement
There are also non-implant options for replacing multiple missing teeth. The following are the two most common methods for replacing multiple missing teeth.
Removable partial denture
This has a little similarity when replacing a single tooth, but in this case, multiple teeth are replaced. This can also affect your speech and eating habit and is really not natural-looking as compared to the dental implants.
Removable complete denture
If you are in search of a non-implant replacement for all of the teeth, you can try the removable completed denture procedure. This can be uncomfortable because is it placed on top of your gums on where the missing teeth are. This is usually the option by most aged people, especially the ones who have very weak teeth.
If you are in need of tooth replacement, contact our office to schedule an appointment.