What are the alternatives to dental bridges?
Dental bridges are often considered for dental patients who have lost one or more teeth due to trauma, extraction, or disease. Dental bridges are restorations that are created to fill the gap between teeth, and utilizes the surrounding teeth in order to crown and support the bridge. When done right, bridges can help keep teeth from shifting and can help an incomplete smile look complete.
However, bridges are not the only option when it comes to addressing missing teeth. Two other alternatives are available:
A partial denture is created much like a retainer, in which it will clip into place and will provide a false tooth in the space where the previous tooth used to reside. While affordable, some patients do not like having something they have to remove from their mouth daily. However, it is a relatively inexpensive way to address the problem and give yourself time to consider other alternatives in the future if you so desire.
Dental implants, on the other hand, mimic the complete replacement of the missing tooth or teeth. The implant itself is placed into the bone in a procedure that often causes less discomfort than the extraction of the tooth. Once the area has properly healed, a crown is placed on the implant to create the final tooth replica. The benefits of dental implants include the fact that they are strong, natural looking, and are considered a permanent replacement for a natural tooth. Though generally costlier than bridges they will require less attention and care in the long run which can save you money over time.
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants which is why it is essential that you schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® in Dolton. Together you can talk about the benefits of each tooth replacement alternative, and decide which restoration is best for your particular situation.
Everyone’s smile and dental needs are different, and it is important that your lifestyle, budget, and dental health are all taken into consideration when deciding what restoration is best for you. Call Pleasant Dental® today (708) 576-1900.
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