The primary alternative to dental implants is the dental bridge. The dental bridge does not anchor into the gum or jaw like the dental implant. Instead, the bridge anchors to the healthy teeth that surround the gap left by the missing teeth. This alternative to implants generally lasts 5 to 10 years. It provides the patient natural appearing and fully functional teeth. Properly fitted and expertly crafted by an AIDA prosthodontist, a dental bridge is a comfortable and long-lasting alternative to dental implants. The dental bridge also prevents dental shifting, TMJ and the decay of the teeth that are left in the mouth.
The dental bridge can be made of gold, porcelain and metal alloy. There are three different styles of dental bridges. Each style is used in a different place in the mouth. The different styles of dental bridges are also used to overcome the various challenges of the mouth. These alternatives to dental implants are created by experienced dentists. They range in cost, depending on the condition of the mouth and the number of teeth that are missing.
Removable Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are great removable alternatives to dental implants when there are enough healthy teeth remaining in the mouth. They are not as common as the dental bridge but are easy to care for and remove. Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more aesthetic than metal clasps, and they are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture, and they are usually required with attachments. Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps.
Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants, but everyone should have a nice smile and the functionality of all their teeth. If you are missing teeth, contact Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta to discuss your options for replacement teeth.