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What are Alternatives to Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a great cosmetic procedure that allows patients to either restore their smile when they have missing teeth or to help secure dentures in place. An implant is a titanium screw surgically placed into the bone, enabling the dentist to place a crown on it for a bridge or a post on it to anchor dentures. They offer stability and strength for chewing and biting.

However, not everyone is a viable candidate for dental implants. Perhaps they have had gum disease in the past and they do not have sufficient bone to help support the implant. Or maybe they are unable to afford dental implants and are looking for a less expensive, affordable alternative.

There are two common alternatives to dental implants: dental bridges and partial dentures.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are porcelain restorations that are used to replace areas where there are missing teeth. They utilize the surrounding teeth as support to allow an artificial tooth to rest in place where the previous natural tooth had been. This is a common restoration when just one or two teeth are missing.

Partial Dentures

Another alternative to dental implants are partial dentures. Partial dentures are created almost like a retainer with replacement teeth constructed in the gap where the missing teeth were. They snap in with clips to fit around an adjoining tooth, and are easy to remove and clean.

Both these alternatives are often less expensive than dental implants, but are not nearly as sturdy and permanent. Dental implants have strength and support due to being placed into the bone, and this strength cannot be matched by any other dental restoration.

For more information on dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pasquier of Miami Modern Dental and find out how this popular restoration can work for you. Additionally, if you are found not be a viable candidate for this particular procedure, alternatives can be discussed and determined based on your budget, your needs, and your desires. Call today and be on your way to a happier healthier smile!

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