Most dentists today would agree that dental implants are a superior choice if you need one or more teeth replaced. While research and case studies have proven so, you may still be left wondering if there are cheaper alternatives to this more costly solution. The answer is yes, but with cheaper prices come more potential issues. Let’s see what your alternatives are and how they compare to dental implants:
Dental bridges were long-since considered a viable option for replacing one or more missing teeth. They’re made up of a series of dental crowns that span over the empty tooth socket and attach to adjacent teeth. Dental bridges have their disadvantages, however. They rely on healthy teeth that must be shaved down to attach to the bridge. As the bone beneath shrinks without a tooth, food and bacteria can become trapped and cause decay and infection. With these issues and only a lifespan of 5-10 years, dental bridges may not be a good solution for a missing tooth, even if the patient is older.
Partial or Full Dentures
Most patients are familiar with dentures, either as a full or partial set of teeth. They rely both on natural suction and pastes or adhesives to remain in place. Unfortunately, dentures have a reputation for being unreliable and uncomfortable, making it difficult to eat and talk. As the jawbone resorbs without teeth, it becomes weak and thin, and the denture will no longer fit snuggly over the gums. Modern dentures have come a long way in terms of function and aesthetics, but they’re no match for healthy natural teeth.
Another alternative to dental implants is to simply do nothing about your missing teeth. However, in most cases, not replacing your teeth can have troubling consequences. A loss of teeth inevitably means a loss of bone in your jaw. This changing bone can cause other teeth to shift and become loose. If oral disease is present, more teeth may eventually be lost. Over time, and if enough teeth are missing, the mouth appears “sunken in” without support from bone and teeth.
The benefits of choosing dental implants
All the above-mentioned options are considered cheaper alternatives to dental implants. But the cost of not replacing your teeth with a permanent solution is far greater. Dental implants are the only option that gives you long-term function, health, and aesthetic benefits after you’ve lost teeth. They’re secured into your jawbone, so you won’t need to worry about your teeth slipping or harming healthy adjacent teeth. You’ll also be able to eat a wider variety of foods and improve your oral and overall health. Best of all, dental implants are permanent, meaning you can receive these amazing benefits for the rest of your life!
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