Here are some of the alternatives to dental implants
What is an implant?
A dental implant is an artificial root that is surgically placed into your jaw
to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place
What is an implant made of?
Many implants are made of titanium ,a metal that is bio-compatible and offers strength and durability as well as a unique property of fusing directly to bone.
Can anybody have an implant?
Unfortunately not everyone is suitable for dental implants. Particularly heavy smokers and people that suffer with severe gum disease. This is because people that smoke or have gum dieses have more chance of the implant failing due to insufficient bone in the jaw to hold the implants in place. Both smoking and gum dieses causes the bone to be damaged and lost.
Do implants hurt?
The general procedure for placing implants is carried out under local anesthetic (the same as when having a filling or extraction) Some people may choose to also be sedated during treatment. Discomfort is expected after the procedure for the next few days after the treatment is carried out.
What are the benefits of having an implant?
- Strong and stable
- Doesn’t effect speech
- Doesn’t effect eating or drinking
- Easy to clean
- Protects your healthy teeth (teeth either side are not compromised as opposed to having a bridge)
- Long term
What are the cons of having an implant?
– More dental appointments
– more expensive than other treatment alternatives
– not everybody is suitable to have dental implants
So, what are the alternatives to the dental implants?
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge is a fixed replacement of a tooth/or teeth which is placed/cemented on to the tooth/teeth next door to the gap that is being replaced. Bridges are usually made of porcelain and precious metal
There are three different types of bridges
Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic (replacement tooth) in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics
Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
How long do bridges last?
Bridges usually typically last around 10-15 years sometimes longer, depending on the health on the teeth/tooth holding the bridge in place
What are the benefits of a bridge?
-only 2 dental appointments required
-able to eat normally and comfortably
– Long Lasting
– Doesn’t effect speech
What are the cons of have a bridge?
- The healthy teeth are not compromised
- Risk of decay under restoration if teeth not cleaned efficiently
- Difficult to clean properly
- More hygienist visits required to maintain oral hygiene
- Food trapping
- Preparation of abutment teeth required
What is a denture?
A denture is an appliance made of acrylic and artificial teeth to replace one or all teeth.
How long will my dentures last?
If you look after your dentures well they can last for several years, although due to the jaw bone and gum changing shape throughout you may need to have the denture relined or in some cases, remade
What are the benefits of dentures?
- Replace missing teeth for a better appearance
- Removable and easy to clean
- Reduce wrinkles fill lips and skin out around month area
- Help with eating and chewing
What are the cons of dentures?
- They can cause slight discomfort and rub against the gums
- As your gum and bone shape changes the dentures eventually become ill fitting
- Multiple appointments while denture is being custom made to fit your mouth
- Not permanently fixed
- Can alter speech
There are many different types of restorations to choose from, some are longer lasting than others and some are suited to each individual differently.
At Perfect Smile Spa dental clinic all above treatments are available and we work together with you to achieve your perfect smile.
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