Getting a dental implant for replacing one missing tooth is arguably the best solution. Durable and perfectly functional, it is the closest to your natural teeth. However, there are many patients who don’t qualify for this type of treatment, either due to health issues or to financial problems. Even though they may not be able to get their missing teeth replaced by dental implants, these people can still enjoy alternative solutions from Gold Coast Dental Implants by Dr M. Taylor that work pretty well.
Bridges are the most common solution to this problem. Cheap and effective, they are the treatment of choice of millions of dentists and patients alike. Whenever you lose one tooth, you can have a bridge applied on the two adjacent ones. These teeth receive crowns so that they won’t lose their function, either. However, they do need to have strong roots, as this is a mandatory requirement for the bridge to be functional and solid. Bridges are permanent solutions. They can’t be removed by the patient, and they usually last for several good years before needing an adjustment or replacement.
Partial dentures are the treatment of choice when there are multiple missing teeth on an arch. These dentures are attached to the remaining teeth, and they can be removed and washed in the dishwasher whenever needed. They are usually very good, enabling patients to bite and chew on most foods. However, they may need to be attached with a special adhesive, to maintain a fixed position.
Total dentures are the solution to those people who have lost all their teeth. Modern dentures get mounted on micro implants, to provide a seamless chewing experience. Nonetheless, when micro implants are not an option, total dentures are fixed in place with the above mentioned special adhesive. Although they might not be too comfortable in the beginning, patients are going to adjust to wearing them, so after a while, they are going to be able to eat almost normally. They may not be able to bite on hard foods such as apples and quinces, but they can always cut these foods into small chunks and enjoy them whenever they want. Dentures are usually removable, so patients don’t have to use special methods for cleaning them. Their oral hygiene is going to be as simple as removing the denture and putting it in the dishwasher, together with the dishes. Although inexpensive and practical, these dentures give a hard time to some people, especially if the technician didn’t do the best possible job. The gums can become tender and painful, thus making it impossible to use the denture, at least for the first few weeks. This is why patients need to have a lot of patience and stay in close contact with their dentist, as the denture may need slight adjustments to fit on the gums. In time, as gums harden and get used to their cover, everything returns to normal, and the patient can eat properly.
As you can see, you don’t necessarily need dental implants, even if you’ve lost all your teeth. There is hope, so go ahead and call your dentist for an appointment to discuss your options.