Dental Bridge Alternatives By Jose Valenzuela on September 05, 2011

There are plenty of reasons why people may be missing teeth ranging from tooth decay to injury. Regardless the cause, it’s important that these issues get addressed as soon as possible. Missing teeth present a number of aesthetic problems when it comes to the overall appearance of your smile. There are also many dental health issues to keep in mind, such as teeth gradually shifting out of place, gum recession, poor bite strength, and reduced bone density in the jaw.

Missing Teeth and Dental Bridges

At our Los Algodones cosmetic dentistry, one option that you can consider is dental bridges. Dental bridges are sets of artificial teeth that are ideal for people who are missing multiple teeth. They are held in place using braces that attach to your remaining adjacent teeth. This is rather secure and helps improve bite strength and appearance.

Discussing Alternatives to Dental Bridges

While dental bridges are worthwhile to consider, there are other options to consider as well. These options may be more ideal given your situation, and it’s important that you visit our cosmetic and implant dentistry center for a full consultation so we can assess your candidacy for these various alternative options.

Dentures as a Dental Crowns Alternative

One alternative to dental crowns that you can consider is dentures. Dentures are a good option if you are missing many teeth and do not have enough remaining teeth to support dental bridges. Dentures are held in place using your gum tissue and jawbone structure, and additional hold can be achieved through the use of denture cream.

Dental Implants for Added Support

One of the best alternatives to dental bridges to consider is dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed in order to hold dental restorations. This means that dental implants can be used to hold dental bridges, dentures, or individual restorations as needed. They are much more secure than removable dental restorations and also eliminate issues with gum recession and bone loss.

The Dental Implants Procedure

The first step of the dental implants process will be the oral surgery. During this step, incisions are made in the gum area and the dental implants are screwed into place in the jawbone. Following surgery, a months-long healing period called osseointegration takes place, in which the dental implants fuse with bone and gum tissue. The final step will be the placement of the permanent Los Algodones dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures.

Which option will be right for me?

There are many factors that go into the candidacy for each of these dental restoration options. For dental implants, as an example, your bone density and gum health will each be important factors to consider. Patients will insufficient bone density or gum tissue may not be good candidates for dental implants, though they may be eligible for a bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation surgery to improve their chances of getting dental implants.

It’s important that you visit Dr. Jose Valenzuela for a consultation as soon as possible. To schedule that appointment, contact our Los Algodones cosmetic and implant dentistry center today.

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