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What Are Some Alternatives to Dental Implants?

by Mohamed Shams
What Are Some Alternatives to Dental Implants?

When considering dental implants, it is important to be aware of all of your treatment options. It is important to know that dental implants will not be right for everyone, and there are a variety of alternatives that may be more suitable for your individual needs. While there are many alternatives, not every alternative will be appropriate for every patient. Some alternatives to dental implants include:

1. Partial Dentures

Dentures are natural-looking, removable replacements for missing teeth. They are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions of your mouth. Dentures can be taken out and put back into your mouth. They are supported by the surrounding gum tissue and sometimes by a metal framework that attaches to the remaining natural teeth.

Partial dentures are ideal for people who have lost some of their natural teeth. They fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent other teeth from changing position. They are made of gum-colored bases that support replacement teeth. A partial denture usually has a metal framework and clasps that attach to your natural teeth.

Benefits of Partial Dentures:

-Partial dentures usually cost less than implants.

-Partial dentures can be made quickly, usually in a few visits to the dentist.

-Partial dentures can be removed and put back into your mouth.

-Partial dentures may improve your appearance and give you back your smile.

Drawbacks:

-Partial dentures may feel awkward at first.

-Partial dentures may need to be replaced or relined as your mouth changes with age.

-Partial dentures may slip out of place when you eat or talk.

-Partial dentures can increase the risk of tooth decay.

2. Flipper Tooth

A flipper tooth is a natural-looking, removable replacement for a missing tooth. It relies on the surrounding teeth for support. A flipper prevents other teeth from changing position. A flipper tooth does not require metal clasps or a metal framework. As a temporary replacement, a flipper is less expensive than other options.

Benefits of a Flipper Tooth:

-A flipper tooth is less expensive than other options.

-A flipper tooth does not require metal clasps or a metal framework.

-A flipper tooth is a natural-looking, removable replacement for a missing tooth.

-A flipper tooth prevents other teeth from changing position.

Drawbacks:

-A flipper tooth relies on the surrounding teeth for support.

-A flipper tooth is a temporary replacement.

-A flipper tooth is not very strong and can easily break.

-A flipper tooth may feel awkward at first and take some getting used to.

 

3. Dental Bridge

When a patient has lost one or more teeth, a dental bridge is often recommended. A bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is usually bonded to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. A dental bridge is supported by these surrounding teeth, called abutments. The restoration can be made from alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. A dental bridge usually consists of three or more units (the two crowns that go over the abutments and the pontic, or artificial tooth, in between).

Benefits of a Dental Bridge:

-A dental bridge fills in the gaps left by missing teeth.

-A dental bridge is supported by natural teeth or implants.

-A dental bridge can be made from alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.

-A dental bridge usually consists of three or more units.

Drawbacks:

-A dental bridge may need to be replaced or relined as your mouth changes with age.

-Traditional bridges require putting crowns over healthy teeth.

-Dental bridges don't correct the underlying cause of tooth loss.

-Dental bridges may need to be replaced if the supporting teeth decay or are damaged.

 

4. Snap-On Veneers

Custom-made veneers that fit over your natural teeth like a "false fingernail". Veneers are used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen, or slightly misaligned. Veneers are an alternative to crowns, which are used when more of the tooth structure must be removed.

Using modern technology, TruSmile veneers are meticulously crafted to snap securely over your existing teeth. The result is a brilliantly white, natural-looking smile. Our high-quality custom snap-on veneers will last for years with proper care. TruSmile Veneers are an affordable alternative to traditional veneers. And, unlike traditional veneers, there is no need to remove any tooth structure or make irreversible changes to your smile.

Benefits:

-TruSmile Veneers are more affordable than traditional veneers.

-There is no need to remove any tooth structure or make permanent changes to your smile.

-You can choose the shade, shape, and size of your veneers to create your perfect smile.

-TruSmile Veneers snap securely over your existing teeth.

 

How Much Do Dental Implant Alternatives Cost?

The cost of dental implant alternatives will vary depending on the type of alternative you choose. For instance, a flipper tooth is typically the most affordable option, while dental bridges and partial dentures are more expensive.


Partial Dentures

The cost of partial dentures will vary depending on the complexity of the case and the materials used. The average cost of partial dentures is $1,500-$3,000.


Flipper Tooth

The cost of a flipper tooth will vary depending on the materials used. The average cost of a flipper tooth is $300-$600.


Dental Bridge

The average cost of a dental bridge is $1,500-$5,000.


Snap-On Veneers

The cost of TruSmile Snap-On Veneers is $470 for full-mouth veneers that will last for years with proper care.

 

How Do I Get Started With TruSmile Veneers?

To get started with TruSmile Veneers, you will not have to worry about scheduling expensive and time-consuming dental appointments. All you have to do is place an online order with us and receive your FREE impression kit at your doorstep. Once you receive your kit, take a simple mold of your teeth at home and send it back to us. We will then use the mold to create your custom snap-on veneers and ship them directly to you. You can get started with your FREE impression kit by clicking here.