Permanently losing a tooth can be the result of poor dental hygiene, genetic predisposition, or an injury to the mouth. The traditional tooth implants can be overwhelmingly expensive, so individuals suffering from tooth loss actively seek out more affordable replacement options.
Here are some of the most common tooth replacement options:
Single tooth replacement options
The amount of teeth lost plays a role in selecting the replacement option that best fits your needs. Single tooth replacement methods are cheaper, easier to manage, and can be less invasive than the multiple teeth replacement options. The most popular non-implant single tooth replacement options are:
- Braces : Using braces to “fill” a missing tooth is a permanent way to alter your smile for the better. When the tooth is missing, your dentist can attach braces that work to shift your teeth together to fill in the gap rather than filling the tooth with an implant or denture.
- Tooth-supported fixed bridge : The most common single tooth replacement alternative to implants it he tooth-supported bridge. The teeth adjacent to the gap are ground down to attach and support the bridge. Since the supported bridge is not implanted into the bone, it requires on-going maintenance to ensure proper function.
- Removable partial dentures : These dentures are customized to fit your specific affected area. The dentures aren’t as flexible and natural as tooth-supported bridges, but they are generally less expensive and require no grinding down of otherwise healthy adjacent teeth.
- Resin-bonded bridge : This bridge is generally chosen for patients that are missing front teeth that don’t endure regular biting and usage that back teeth experience. The bridge has attachments on either side of the artificial tooth that are placed on the adjacent healthy teeth. There is no grinding or altering of the healthy teeth to apply these attachments, but the resin-bonded bridge is less sturdy than the tooth-supported bridges.
Multiple teeth replacement options
While dental implants are ideal for replacing multiple teeth because of their attachment to the roots and jawbone, the price tag dissuades many people from investing in dental implants. There are viable multiple teeth replacement options including:
- Removable partial denture : These dentures are used to fix aesthetic or functional issues that arise when multiple teeth are missing. The device is necessary when there aren’t enough healthy and supportive teeth adjacent to the gaps. The partial dentures are preferred by many patients because of their ability to remove them whenever necessary.
- Removable complete denture : This appliance rests on top of the gums where the teeth once were. Complete dentures serve both aesthetic and functional needs of patients and can be removed for easy cleaning, or if your gums become sore from extended use.