What are the Alternatives to Dental Bridges?
People lose their teeth for a variety of reasons. From extractions to trauma, age or gum disease, sometimes individuals may find themselves missing a tooth–or perhaps even several teeth. When a natural tooth is missing, there may be problems such as bone loss, difficulties chewing and biting, and shifting teeth. They may also deal with embarrassment and lower self-confidence, especially if these missing teeth are at the front of their smile.
One common consideration to replace the gap left behind by missing teeth is dental bridges. Dental bridges utilize healthy, adjacent teeth to support a false tooth in-between. But not everyone is a good candidate, nor is this solution the only one available for most patients.
There are two other alternatives to dental bridges. The first consideration is a dental implant. A dental implant is a titanium insert that is placed into the bone and restored with a crown in order to make it appear as a natural tooth. Dental implants do not require preparation of the adjacent teeth as do bridges. However, good supporting bone structure is a requirement. The final outcome closely mimics natural tooth esthetics and function.
The second is a partial denture, a restoration that is a plastic base containing replacement teeth. It has wire clasps extending from it which secures the prosthesis over teeth adjacent to the gap. This is often the least expensive options for individuals wanting to restore their smile in a fast, effective way.
When you schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Griffin in Greenwood, you will be able to discuss the options available to you. Whether you decide on a bridge, dental implant, or a partial denture, Dr. Griffin will ensure that your solution is within your schedule, budget, and your desires. Call today to schedule an appointment and start improving the beauty of your smile.