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.
There is a wide range of different types of dentures available, including full dentures. The option that suits you will depend on the number of teeth you have missing and their position.
Dentures are adjustable and can be easily modified as required. They are a cost-effective alternative to dental implants.
The denture base or plate of a denture can be made of either acrylic or metal. The teeth are generally made of acrylic and are colour matched to any existing teeth. In recent years, dentures have come on considerably and have become more natural in appearance.
Unlike other dental implant alternatives, dentures are not fixed in place. This means that there may be some movement. Wearers will need to get used to dentures when it comes to eating.
Finding the Right Dental Implant Alternatives for You
If you are not sure which dental implant alternative is right for you, then you should seek the advice of your dentist. Your personal circumstances will be a major factor in the options which are open to you.
For more information about dental implant alternatives, get in touch and book a no-obligation appointment where we can talk you through the available options.