If you're missing teeth, you are probably looking for a solution that won't break the bank. While dental implants are a great choice for permanently replacing lost teeth, they can be pricey. Thankfully, there are some new alternatives that provide the permanent quality of dental implants while remaining quite affordable. Read on to learn more about these options and how they could help you.
Both of the alternatives you're about to read about involve using the same base as a standard tooth implant. The same permanent metal screw is placed in your jawbone, but the expensive tooth replacement itself isn't utilized. These replacement teeth are usually custom-crafted, -shaped, and -colored to match your surrounding teeth. While this is a great way to replace a tooth, this customization takes time and money to create the replacement. The next two solutions give you all of the permanency of a dental implant without your having to pay a high price for the replacement tooth itself.
Bridge Over Implants
Dental bridges are a common fix for missing teeth, but they can become loose. In addition, getting bridges requires that the teeth neighboring the missing teeth are strong and sturdy, since the bridge has to be secured to the healthy teeth. This isn't a possibility for some people, but placing a bridge over a dental implant can fix this problem.
Bridges can be secured to the base of a dental implant for far less money than a traditional dental-tooth implant can. This puts no strain on surrounding teeth and gives an improved fit with no wiggling or shifting.
Depending on how many teeth you're missing, another option is a permanent set of dentures. Unlike normal dentures, which are taken out of your mouth, cleaned, and placed temporarily with an adhesive, overdentures are kept in place with a dental-implant screw. This procedure can be done with partial dentures or a full set of dentures if you don't have any teeth on your upper or lower jaw remaining.
Choosing permanent dentures means you won't ever have to remove your dentures to clean them or ever have them fit poorly. You can also eat harder foods without risking your dentures moving and can generally treat your dentures more like real teeth than you would if you wore removable dentures.
If you've lost multiple teeth, either or these options may be a great alternative to temporary or short-lived solutions like traditional bridges and dentures. Combining the root of a dental implant with a bridge or set of dentures can provide you with a permanent tooth replacement for much less money.