Generally speaking, dental implants are the best possible missing tooth replacement. They are incredibly strong, function like natural teeth, and look natural. They also the only form of tooth replacement with a “root” anchored the bone. The roots stimulate jawbone and help you retain more of it as you age, so your face won’t sag and make you look older than you really are. Despite their many benefits, there are times when dental implants are not the right answer. Yet, there are many options to restore your smile and replace missing teeth.
Reasons Dental Implants Might Not Work
If you are experiencing, or have recently experienced, any of the issues below, dental implants might not be the best option for replacing your missing teeth.
- Recent heart attack
- Recent stroke
- Valvular prosthesis surgery
- Bleeding issues
- Actively treating cancer
- Receiving intravenous bisphosphonate
- Drug abuse
- Specific psychiatric illnesses
- A low-cost option for tooth replacement is required
Alternative Forms of Tooth Replacement
Bridges: Bridges across the empty space or spaces where teeth are missing. The ends are dental crowns that fully cover the tooth on either side of the missing one(s), and the replacement teeth are suspended in the middle. If the teeth on either side of the missing one are decayed or already have restorations on them, this option should be considered. Otherwise, healthy teeth need to be shaved down to accommodate dental crowns and serve as anchors for the bridge.
All-on-4 dental implants can be placed where there is low bone density
Dentures: There are many types of dentures. Some replace a full arch of teeth while others replace one or just a few. You’ll find dentures with a metal base, as well as some made entirely of acrylic. Dentures are the most affordable type of tooth replacement available, but they lack the same stability and aesthetics as other options.
Implants: If a health issue is preventing you from getting dental implants, it’s best to wait until you are healthy enough to receive them. However, if you’re replacing many missing teeth and your budget is limited, the All-on-4 or All-on-6 procedure may make treatment more affordable.
Speak with One of Our Experienced Dentists
Missing teeth are more than a cosmetic issue. They can prevent you from eating a healthy diet, make you feel self-conscious, and prevent you from living life to its fullest. If you would like to replace your missing teeth, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to discuss your options. As a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Debra Gray King can help you restore form and function to your teeth, regardless of the challenges you face.