6 best alternatives to conventional dental implantsby Richard Siggers Dental Help and Advice
6 best alternatives to conventional dental implants
One of the things that this dental practice in Solihull prides itself on is offering a range of options and alternatives to any
possible treatment plan. In this article we take a more detailed look at some
of the best alternatives to conventional dental implants.
Our six best alternatives to conventional implants are
conventional dental bridge
adhesive dental bridge
do nothing at all!
Conventional dental implants will usually require the
following number of implants to replace a teeth:
a single missing tooth requires 1 dental implant
2 missing teeth can be replaced with 1 dental
3-5 missing teeth in a row would require 2
>5 missing teeth in a row will probably
require 3-6 implants
so you see, there's not a direct comparison between the
number of teeth missing and the number of implants, and therefore the cost.
The traditional implant procedure is:
have the dental implant placed.
Wait 3-6 months for the implant to integrate
into the bone.
Have a dental implant restored with a dental
There are however alternatives to the above.
as the name suggests, same-day teeth are a technique whereby
your existing teeth/tooth are/is removed and a dental implant is placed in the
socket immediately. This is what is known as immediate placement.
This immediately placed implant gains primary stability
through a threading mechanism on the outside of the implant, this ensures
primary stability is there whilst secondary stability is gained via osteo
Because there is this initial primary stability it’s
possible to place a loading onto the implant immediately and restore it with a
The normal procedure would be to replace several missing
teeth with up to 6 implants using this technique, this spreads the load evenly
over 6 implants making success more likely.
mini implants are much smaller than regular implants, as the
name implies. This makes them quicker and easier to place as well as often
being cheaper. They are more comfortable than conventional implants but because
they are not so big it's not possible to load implants in the same way.
You therefore may need either more mini implants placed or
have to have fewer teeth restored if mini implants are used.
Conventional dental bridge.
A conventional dental bridge replaces a missing tooth or
teeth by preparing healthy standing teeth at each end of the gap. These teeth
are reduced in order to accept supporting teeth which hold the replacement
tooth in place.
dental bridges tend to be viewed as more destructive than
dental implants as teeth either side of the gap need to be trimmed down, this is
the reason dentists usually prefer to use implants to replace the missing
Adhesive dental bridges
An adhesive dental bridge has the missing tooth in the
middle supported by wings either side which are bonded onto the tongue side of
the healthy teeth either side. This has the advantage of maintaining the
natural teeth either side of the gap with out having to reduce them very much,
as in dental bridges. However, adhesive bridges have a tendency to debond, come
loose and fall out more often. They are easy for the dentist to replace but
this can become time-consuming for both the dentist and patient as well as
partial dentures can often be the cheapest solution to
replace missing teeth. The biggest problem is that they are removable, many
patients don't like the idea of taking teeth out at night. Partial dentures
also need to be well maintained, your gums will move over time which will mean
the dentures will not fit as well as they did when they were first made. You
need to ensure you continue to go to the dentist to ensure that your partial
dentures are looked after as time goes by.
do nothing at all!
The most obvious alternative to conventional dental implants
is to do absolutely nothing at all and in many situations this is absolutely a
valid alternative. No one wants to have unnecessary treatment and you may find
you can live perfectly well by not replacing the missing tooth at all.
However, your teeth are in fine balance with one another and
you may find that the opposing teeth over erupt and the adjacent teeth begin to
tip into the space.
This can mean compromising your overall bite which will only
get worse in time. This is the main reason that nothing is done at all and that
dental implants are usually selected as the treatment of choice if possible.
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