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The primary alternatives to dental implants is the dental bridge. The dental bridge does not anchor into the gum or jaw. Instead, the bridge anchors to the healthy teeth that surround the gap left by the missing teeth. This alternative to implants generally lasts 5 to 10 years. It provides the patient natural appearing and fully functional teeth. Properly fitted and expertly crafted by prosthodontist, Dr. David Zelby, a dental bridge is a comfortable and long-lasting alternative to dental implants. The dental bridge also prevents dental shifting, TMJ and the decay of the teeth that are left in the mouth.
The dental bridge can be made of gold, porcelain, and metal alloy. The dental bridge comes in three different styles. Each different style of dental bridge is used in a different place of the mouth. The different styles of dental bridges are also used to overcome the challenges of the mouth and fit around the teeth that are left in the mouth. These alternatives to dental implants are preformed by experienced dentists and range in cost depending upon the condition of the mouth and the number of teeth that are missing.
Partial dentures are great removable alternatives to dental implants when there are enough healthy teeth remaining in the mouth. They are not as common as the dental bridge, but they are easy to care for and removable. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments. Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps.