Different people may get dental implants for numerous reasons. Their tooth or maybe even multiple teeth may get knocked out during an accident, they perhaps might suffer from tooth decay, or they are simply getting a bit older and have begun to lose their teeth. Whatever the case may be, dental implants are a great long-term option for dental health and appearance.
Dental implants are replacements for damaged or lost tooth roots. They are typically made of titanium and are surgically placed into the jaw bone to hold prosthetic teeth into place. The healing process for this procedure is anywhere from three to six months and requires regular dental visits to ensure that everything is going according to plan.
This procedure is an invasive one. However, some people are not comfortable with the idea of putting foreign objects into their body or even, surgery as a whole. Luckily, there are some alternatives to oral surgery.
Mini dental implants are a great alternative to traditional dental implant surgery. They do the same job but are much smaller and less costly. The implant is attached in a similar way, but the incisions that are made are minor and the recovery period is much shorter. And, the best part is that the patient can use their teeth as they wish that very same day!
As the name suggests, dental bridges ‘bridge’ the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. For this procedure, a dental consultation is required where impressions of the mouth are made in order to create prosthetic teeth, usually made of porcelain. The prosthetic teeth are anchored by placing dental crowns on the neighboring teeth to secure the bridge in the mouth. These look completely natural and are much cheaper than getting oral surgery.
Dentures are another safe and noninvasive option for replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth. The dentist creates the dentures based on the shape and size of the patient’s mouth. The denture is held in place by adhesives and can easily be removed for cleaning.
Another noninvasive method for replacing damaged teeth are dental crowns. These are a type of tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the tooth to help to restore its shape, size, and appearance. It prevents decay, holds bridges in place, and can improve a patient’s smile. Dental crowns are usually made of stainless steel, metal, porcelain, and resin. They can be both a temporary and a permanent solution to many different oral problems.
Laser dentistry is another great minimally invasive alternative to oral surgery. In this procedure, lasers are used to change and remove small amounts of tissue in order to address oral issues more effectively. This procedure is able to treat a wide variety of oral health issues from root canal infections to the removal of benign oral tumors. Patients benefit from reduced recovery times and reduced blood loss. There is less likely a risk of infection and little to no anesthesia, which can be beneficial to the human body.
A dentist will be happy to fully explain the specifics of each alternative, the pros, and the cons, the costs involved and should provide a recommendation on what the best option is for each patient.
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