There are a few alternatives to dental implants that you may want to consider, depending on your individual needs. Dental bridges and dentures are two common options that can help restore your smile.
Dental Bridges: Dental bridges are false teeth that are supported by natural teeth or implants on either side. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, and are usually made from porcelain or ceramic. Bridges can help to restore your smile and improve your chewing function.
To get dental bridges, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and create a model of your bite in order to custom-make your bridge. The false tooth (or teeth) is then attached to crowns that are placed on the natural teeth next to the gap.
It’s a fairly common procedure with a more than 90% success rate, so it is fairly safe for patients.
If you are missing one or more teeth, have healthy teeth on either side of the gap, and want a fixed (non-removable) solution, then dental bridges may be right for you.
Dentures: If you are missing all of your teeth, or most of them, dentures may be the best solution. They are one of the most common options for replacing missing teeth and can help to improve your appearance and chewing function. They can also be made to match the color of your natural teeth, so they blend in seamlessly.
However, they do require a lot of upkeep.
Dentures are removable appliances and should be cleaned at least once a day, and more often if necessary. You will need to remove them to brush your gums and natural teeth, as well as clean the appliance itself.
So how much are dentures? The price will mostly depend on the material.
Dentures can be made from a variety of materials, including plastic, metal, or porcelain, and each of these materials have their pros and cons.
- Plastic dentures are the least expensive option, but they are also the least durable and can stain easily.
- Metal dentures are more durable than plastic, but they can be uncomfortable to wear and may show through your gums.
- Porcelain dentures are the most natural-looking option, but they are also the most expensive.
If you aren’t sure which material is best for you, be sure to ask your dentist for advice.