Dental implants are a great choice when it comes to teeth replacement, however not all people may qualify for them medically, while some might prefer less intrusive alternatives. If your main objective is to replace the missing teeth, there are many alternatives to dental implants that can do the job optimally.
When you still have healthy natural teeth and want to replace the missing ones, partial dentures are the way to go. In such scenarios, tiny metal clasps attach the dentures to neighbouring teeth, which matches the color of your gums and nearby teeth. These fixtures once settled in allow you to speak and eat without much hassle. You may remove them with ease for cleaning and repairing purposes. Although partial dentures are sturdy and can last you a long time with proper care and maintenance, they can sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable to the user.
Most people think about full dentures that replace both upper and lower arches of your teeth, when they hear the word ‘dentures’. They are undeniably an excellent choice when trying to replace all of the teeth that one may have lost to gum disease or an accident. Once installed, they replicate the appearance of a natural set of teeth, which you can remove as per your need. Full dentures will allow you to chew and bite with much more force than you could with just gums or damaged teeth.
As the name suggests, fixed bridges are not removable once installed, unlike partial or full dentures. Our dentists use special materials to bond the bridge with your jawbone, to keep the fixture in place. These might feel a little more towards the uncomfortable end when compared to dentures because you are unable to remove them on the go. They are also difficult to clean properly because of the same reason.
Are you interested in learning more about these alternatives to dental implants? If so, please contact our office today!