Dental Implant Alternatives
By J. Brent Gorrell on May 18, 2019
When a patient is missing a tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. J. Brent Gorrell may recommend implant dentistry. Dental implants are a treatment option for single tooth loss and multiple missing teeth. These artificial tooth roots and surgically embedded into the living tissues of the mouth, fusing with the bone and allowing people to bite, chew, and smile again with renewed confidence.
While dental implants have many benefits, not all patients at our Mountain View, CA are ideal candidates. The team at Gorrell Smiles would like to discuss alternatives to dental implants and the reasons why people may turn to these methods of treating tooth loss.
Why Dental Implant Alternatives May Be Considered
Dental implants may be one of the most effective means of treating tooth loss, stabilizing a dental appliance, and preventing further bone loss and gum recession associated with missing teeth. However, getting dental implants placed can be quite expensive, especially if multiple dental implants are required.
In addition, patients will need several months of recovery time for the implants to properly fuse with the jawbone and gum tissue. Only when osseointegration is completed can a crown, bridge, or denture be supported. If bone grafting or gum grafting are required prior to the placement of dental implants, these tissue augmentation procedures can double the overall treatment time.
We always go over these matters with patients at our Mountain View dental center so they can make the choice that’s best for them. Which brings us to a discussion of the alternatives.
A dental bridge is a false tooth that is bookended by a pair of dental crowns. The crowns are used to cap the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. With the crowns in place, the false tooth is secured, restoring the appearance of the smile as well as the patient’s ability to bite and chew. Dental bridges are an ideal option for people who are missing a single tooth.
When a person is missing a few teeth and a dental bridge is no longer an option, a partial denture is generally ideal. Partial dentures are sets of false teeth that are held in place by clasping and packeting around the existing tooth structure beside the gap. Further stability can be achieved by using denture creams and adhesives.
When a person is missing most or all of their teeth, a full denture is the most ideal option. Full dentures are sets of fall teeth that can replace an entire dental arch. A denture is held in place by bracing snugly around the gum and jawbone. The use of denture cream can help improve the overall stability of the denture when biting and chewing.
Helping You Have a Healthy Smile
As you can see, there are numerous alternatives to dental implants. They are not always as stable as implants, but they are more affordable and can be quite effective in their own ways. During your visit to our Mountain View cosmic and restorative dentistry center, we will go over all of the pros and cons of these dental implant alternatives, and help you make the right decision for your dental health.
Learn More About Treating Tooth Loss
For more information about your treatment options following the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. Gorrell Smiles can be reached by phone at (650) 967-1441. We are here to listen and to help.
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