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What Are Some Alternatives to Dental Implants?

December 2, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_solich @ 4:19 pm

set of denturesDental implants in Colorado Springs are amazing! They are a sturdy, natural-looking, and long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. They can even help to prevent bone loss and preserve the shape of your face. But… dental implants aren’t right for everyone. If your dentist recommends that you not get them, that doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to live with an incomplete smile. There are a couple of other tooth replacement methods that can give you the mouth full of chompers that you’ve been missing.

Dentures

Dentures in Colorado Springs sometimes get a bad rap, but the truth is that they can be very sturdy and function well. The key to having a positive experience with them is making sure that they continue to fit right. This requires regular visits to your dentist, who can adjust your dentures as needed or even order new ones if necessary. Most people need entirely new dentures every five to eight years or so.

You may need either full dentures or partial dentures.

  • As their name implies, full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, whether on the bottom or top of your mouth. You use a special adhesive to keep them in place throughout the day.
  • Partial dentures can replace several teeth in a row. They may have a metal clasp that helps them to attach securely to the teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth. Your dentist might recommend that you get crowns on the adjacent teeth so the dentures fit better. Sometimes, partial dentures are also called removable bridges.

Fixed Bridges

A fixed bridge is composed of artificial teeth that your dentist in Colorado Springs permanently attaches to the teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth. The great thing about fixed bridges is that you’ll never have to worry that yours will slip out or stop fitting right. They look and feel like natural teeth, and they’re easy to care for.

If you don’t have teeth on both sides of your gap, you might get a cantilever bridge, which is only supported on one side. Cantilever bridges are also good for replacing teeth in areas of the mouth that are under less stress than other areas when you eat.

The downside to bridges is that they require your dentist to remove a bit of enamel from your natural teeth in order to make room for your restoration.

Which Is Best for You?

Your dentist should be the one to help you decide which restorative method is best for your situation. You need to discuss things such as cost, how many teeth you need to replace, how long your new artificial teeth are likely to last, and your own personal preferences.

Ready to have a restored smile? Implants, dentures, and bridges are all great options!

About Our Practice

Dr. Gregory Solich and the rest of the team in our office are proud to help our patients get back the beautiful, functional smiles that they’ve been missing. If you have questions about implants, dentures, or bridges, please get in touch with us at 719-548-9393.

 

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