Comparing Dental Implants to Other Restorative Solutions
Dental bridges offer another tooth replacement option, ideal for multiple missing teeth in a row. By cementing an artificial tooth to adjacent teeth, bridges “bridge the gap” left by the space in your smile. While an affordable short-term solution, they require extra care to prevent further tooth issues or bone loss since they rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Bridges can be made from various materials such as porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination. Porcelain bonded to metal offers the most durable, natural-looking results. Since bridges depend upon the neighboring teeth, they may need replacement if those teeth become damaged or decayed. Still, with proper care, most bridges can last five to 15 years.
Traditional and partial dentures offer an affordable and quicker tooth replacement solution. Both custom-made appliances fit over your gums and remaining natural teeth, relying on a snug fit instead of being fused to the bone. Dentures address all missing upper and lower teeth, while partials tackle multiple missing teeth in a row.
Though not as comfortable, durable, or natural-looking as dental implants and bridges, partials and dentures have improved tremendously in recent years in terms of both materials and precision fit. However, they still require denture adhesives to prevent slippage and should be removed nightly to avoid gum irritation. Proper cleaning remains vital as well to check for decay on neighboring teeth.