Dental Implant Alternatives
When it comes to treating tooth loss, dental implants are considered the most reliable solution. However, some patients may not qualify for this type of procedure due to bone loss, health issues, or budgetary concerns. Here, our team at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group in Boston, MA, explores the most common dental implant alternatives to enhance your appearance and restore overall oral health.
When Are Dental Implant Alternatives Recommended?
There are a few different reasons why a patient may not qualify for dental implants. Your dentist may recommend alternative options if you:
- Are under the age of 18: Facial bones continue to grow and develop until the later teen years. Undergoing a major oral surgical procedure too early may mean that your results change over time. If you are too young to undergo implant surgery, your dentist may recommend another temporary option until you are old enough.
- Have sustained too much bone loss: Dental implants must be placed in strong, dense jawbone tissue. If you have lost too much bone density, your jaw will likely not be able to support implants at all and you may not qualify for this type of treatment.
- Have significant health concerns: Because placing implants requires an invasive surgical procedure, patients must be in good overall health. Regular use of tobacco or conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes can interfere with your ability to heal and, as a result, hinder the success of implant surgery.
- Have gum disease: Periodontal disease can seriously impede the success of implant placement. For this reason, some individuals may be better qualified for dentures or other alternative treatments.
- Do not wish to undergo oral surgery: Dental implant placement requires oral surgery. Some individuals prefer non-surgical options for budgetary reasons or because dental treatment already makes them anxious.
Before the invention of dental implants, bridges were the go-to option for those missing one to three consecutive teeth. While there are a few different types of bridges available, the most common is the traditional. This restoration consists of artificial teeth (pontics) held in place with two dental crowns. Once the bridge is bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap, the pontics fill in the space left behind.
Patients with several missing teeth in different locations can benefit from partial dentures. These prostheses rest on the gum tissue and are held in place by special dental clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth. Partial dentures usually last about seven to ten years before needing replaced.
Our Boston doctors have undergone extensive training in the field of prosthodontics. They specialize in crafting custom restorations to complete your smile and improve your oral health.
Similar to partial dentures, full dentures rest on the gum tissue and are supported by the jawbone underneath. However, full dentures are designed to replace a full arch of missing teeth. They consist of a gum-colored base with artificial teeth.
Traditional dentures are the oldest teeth replacement option still in use today. Modern materials allow your prosthodontist to create a natural-looking, functional set of teeth.
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Is tooth loss taking a toll on your quality of life? Explore your potential treatment options during a consultation at our Boston, MA, practice. Contact us online anytime or call our office at (617) 523-5451.