When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dentures are not the only option. Our dentists can recommend a variety of alternatives, such as dental implants, overdentures, or dental bridges. The best choice for you will depend on your oral health, jaw density, and the number of missing teeth. Let's explore the different options available to you. Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options in the world.
Since the 1950s, when it was discovered that titanium could fuse with bone, the field of dental implantology has advanced significantly. The main advantage of implants is that they stay in place for the long term. However, it's important to remember that regular visits to the dentist are necessary for periimplantitis prophylaxis (inflammation around the implant that can cause bone loss and implant failure). Additionally, some people may be reluctant to undergo the procedure due to fear of surgery. If you're looking for a less invasive alternative to dental implants, a Maryland bridge may be an option.
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 strong glue. This holds the new tooth in place without requiring an anesthetic injection. The entire process takes about 5 days. Partial dentures are another option for replacing missing teeth. They are individualized to fill gaps in your mouth and are attached to a plastic base designed to match your gums.
Partial dentures make it easier for you to talk and eat, but they require more frequent repairs than other tooth replacement options. Fixed bridges are also an option. Your dentist will use a special type of bonding material to install the bridge in the space and only your dentist can remove it. Fixed bridges don't slip when you eat or talk, so they're better than dentures in that sense.
However, if you don't replace a missing tooth with anything, your gums, jaw, and other teeth could erode and cause more extensive damage. Finally, if the damage to your tooth isn't too severe, you may not even need a crown to seal it. Special magnets can be placed inside or on the surface of your teeth and hold a denture in place by drawing on the bottom of it. This alternative is less expensive than dental implants and doesn't require any surgery. It's important to discuss all of your tooth replacement options with your dentist so that you can decide which one is best for you. Nowadays, dental implants become necessary when a large part of your tooth has suffered cavities or infections that are likely to harm your oral health and possibly lead to cavities in the jaw.