Gaps in our mouths from missing teeth can ruin the confidence you have in your smile. But it is not only the aesthetics you need to worry about. Having missing teeth can leave our mouths open to infection, as well as causing problems with chewing and talking.
Filling these gaps is not only vital for our oral health, but it is also essential for our general wellbeing too. Studies show the risk of cardiovascular disease increases in people who have missing teeth.
Dental implants are an excellent solution for missing teeth. They provide a permanent fixed solution with realistic teeth fixed to your jaw. However, certain factors mean that they are not an option for everyone.
- Pre-existing medical conditions such as auto-immune diseases
- Factors relating to the cost of implants
- A lack of bone density in the jaw
If dental implants are not suitable, what are the other options?
Read on for the best dental implant alternatives in 2020.
Fixed Dental Bridges
One dental implant alternative that provides a great look and functionality is fixed dental bridges.
Dental implants work by fixing a replacement tooth directly through the gums and into the jawbone. Also, fixed bridges provide the same functionality without the need for surgery.
With a dental bridge, the replacement tooth is kept in position by dental crowns bonded to the teeth at either side of the missing tooth.
Because dental bridges are fixed to your mouth, they will not slip out or move about. This means that you can still eat as normal and you will achieve a great look.
An added advantage of dental bridges is that the crowns used on neighbouring teeth can also serve to strengthen them.
Partial and Full Dentures
If you need several replacement teeth in one area, partial dentures are a flexible alternative to a dental implant solution.