At Perth Dental Implant Centre, we offer a wide range of dental solutions to suit each and every individual, whether you require dentures, dental bridges, implants or another dental treatment.
While dental implants are recommended by our dentists for their durable and natural-looking aesthetics, they may not be suitable for everyone. Which is why we offer our patients dental implant alternatives such as dentures or dental bridges. If you’re concerned about your smile, make an appointment to see our friendly team today at Perth Dental Implant Centre. Our leading dentist, Dr David Norcross, can advise you on the best treatment option for your needs.
Dentures are removable plates fixed with artificial teeth and are a suitable option for those who are looking for an alternative to dental implants. Dentures are generally more affordable than implants as they can be made from acrylic or metal and can replace all teeth (full dentures) or some teeth (partial dentures). Although dentures serve the same purpose as dental implants, they’re not without their disadvantages.
Some of these disadvantages include:
- Loose dentures
- Rubbing dentures
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Higher risk of gum disease
- Visible and unsightly clasps
- May be lost or broken
- Problems with chewing and speech
- Have to be removed for cleaning and left out at night
If you’re looking for a solution to missing teeth, look no further. Like dentures, dental bridges are also a feasible option for those considering dental implant alternatives. Dental bridges offer a fixed option for missing teeth as they’re attached to remaining natural teeth and quite literally bridge the gap between natural teeth and missing teeth. They can offer a quick solution, however also carry some risks.
The process of a bridge involves preparing the teeth either side of the space for crowns. The replacement tooth is then attached to the crowns forming a bridge. As the teeth needs to be cut down to create room for the crowns, there is a risk that the nerves within these teeth could become damaged and require a root canal. As the teeth are fixed together they are also more difficult to clean which can increase the risk of decay and gum disease.
Dental bridges may initially seem like a cheaper option compared to dental implants, however it is likely that they will require replacing within 10-15 years. When you’re choosing between dental implants, dentures and dental bridges, please consult your dentist. Depending on your circumstances, the long-term benefit from choosing dental implants may outweigh the risks associated with their alternatives. For more information about any of our dental implant alternatives, please contact our friendly team today.