Dental implants are the best way to compensate for lost and missing teeth. Dental implants help secure alternative and stable teeth with long life and do not cause complications or problems and do not require special care. But dental implants may not be suitable in some cases, and they may not be the best alternatives available as well.
A variety of alternatives to dental implants are available, including:
Dental bridges are a set of dental crowns that are held firmly together.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth and fill the space, bridges are fitted on the teeth adjacent to the missing one from each end.
Dental bridges are recommended when missing teeth are few.
The dental bridges include mainly three types:
Dental bridges have several advantages that make them preferable to dental implants, which include:
The main disadvantages that hinder the use of dental bridges as alternatives to dental implants include:
Dental crowns are cap-like restorations made of porcelain, zircon, or ceramic that are used to cover teeth affected by large and deep caries or fractures and cracks, and dental crowns are one of the most acceptable options for restoring teeth.
There are several types of dental crowns we have written about them previously we classify them according to the manufacturing material which includes:
Gold crowns are an excellent choice for patients who are not necessarily concerned about having an entirely white smile.
Gold crowns are, in fact, an attractive restoration and offer extended life. If you require a crown, speak to us about the different available crown options.
All-Ceramic crowns are cosmetic dental restorations used to cap or cover a tooth.
They are translucent and are the most natural-looking tooth replacement, they are widely used.
PFM crowns have good mechanical properties, satisfactory esthetic results, and an acceptable biological quality needed for periodontal health, and are most commonly used.
Zirconia is relatively new, they are made from zirconium dioxide, a white powdered ceramic material.
It combines the strength of metal with the aesthetics of ceramic crowns, recently becoming a more popular choice.
The newest type of crown in dentistry today is known as E-max, a special type of crown made from lithium disilicate material. Also, these crowns are made from a single block of this material which makes them a high-strength crown. Lithium disilicate is known for its superior strength and appealing aesthetics as a restorative crown material.
Dental crowns have several advantages, including:
Disadvantages of dental crowns include:
Dentures are a good alternative to dental implants, and dentures are comfortable and have the same appearance as natural teeth.
Dentures are available in several types, and the most prominent types of dentures include:
Denture advantages include:
Denture disadvantages include:
No, it’s not an option because teeth loss has serious consequences such as jawbone loss, gum diseases poor eating habits aesthetic concerns, and self-esteem issues.
That is why lost teeth should be immediately restored to avoid harmful consequences.
Situations in which dental implant alternatives can be used include:
Several factors help determine the best way to replace missing teeth, including mainly the age of the patient, the number of missing teeth, the condition of the remaining teeth, the condition of the jawbones, and the patient's financial ability.
Dentures are preferred by the elderly, while dental bridges or dental crowns are preferred by the youngest if appropriate. However, it is better to leave the decision to the dentists cause they can evaluate your condition and choose the right option for you.
Dental implants may be the only option in some cases, and these cases include:
Dental implants are not always the best option.
Dental implants require two surgeries to install the implants, in addition to waiting for long periods for the gums to heal, which may be harmful or tiring for the patients or not suitable for their health condition when the patients have diabetes.
Dental implants are also expensive, and some patients cannot afford them.
It is necessary to consult with the dentist well and conduct a comprehensive and detailed evaluation before choosing a dental prosthesis method, to determine the best method and avoid the problems that can result from choosing an inappropriate method.ILAJAK Medical | A Passion for Care
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