Most Common Alternative To Dentures

Dentures are a popular temporary solution for those who have either lost their teeth or need to replace an existing set. However, other options may provide solutions more in line with your needs and lifestyle.

Therefore, if you are looking for a dental treatment to replace your missing teeth, then make sure to read this blog post. We will be discussing some of the available alternatives in Australia and how they can help you regain your confidence.

Alternative to Dentures

Dental Implants

With a success rate of 95%, dental implants are a common denture alternative. They are an effective way to replace tooth roots while still maintaining a natural look. It’s a cost-effective and long-term solution that helps provide solid foundations for permanent teeth, which can be made to match your own perfectly and will stay in place no matter how much you chew.

Artificial tooth roots are a fantastic alternative to traditional dentures. The dentist installs a metal post into the jaw bone that acts as an artificial tooth root to replace lost teeth. They’re locked in place with no discomfort associated with traditional replacement teeth, which often move around when chewing hard foods. Thus, you’ll have the freedom to eat food without any pain or discomfort. 

Dental implants can turn your smile into something radiant, but they are not for everyone. It would help if you met the criteria to be a candidate for dental implants. You must have good general health, no untreated tooth decay or gum disease, and you must have an adequate bone density in your jawbones before you can proceed with the Endosteal dental implant procedure. Otherwise, the dentist may recommend Subperiosteal dental implants. Tests and oral examinations are done to evaluate your oral health. For those who don’t measure up to these standards yet, you might need some work on your gums first, so they’re healthy enough to support an implant surgery. A bone graft is done to increase the density on the part where there’s bone loss. 

As with any long-term surgery, the healing process and adjustment period can be prolonged and drawn out. It may take many months to recover from an advanced procedure fully. Much of that time is devoted to healing and waiting for osseointegration to complete. This dental procedure requires more investment than just money as well; it takes an emotional toll, too, so make sure you are prepared both mentally and physically when deciding about getting this type of work done. But if these reasons don’t deter you, please do research first because all surgeries come with their risks, no matter how much preparation you make. 

Benefits of Dental Implants 

  • Appearance: With implants, you can have a beautiful smile that blends seamlessly with your real teeth. These implants are so realistic they look and feel natural too.
  • Bone health: Implants replace your natural tooth root. Because of this placement in the jawbone, they effectively protect bone loss better than traditional dentures or other types of tooth-related surgery.
  • Durability: Dental implants present an excellent long-term option for people looking to replace missing teeth. Unlike a false tooth, which tends to last about five to ten years on average, implants can last just as long as your natural teeth if you have good oral hygiene. Implants fuse into your jawbone, and should you take proper care of them, they will be just as durable at least.
  • Practical benefits: Tooth implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. They don’t loosen like conventional dentures so that you can keep them in place despite any speaking or eating force applied to the implant.

Dental Bridge

Dental bridges are one of the tooth replacement options. These oral appliances are an excellent way to repair a tooth missing for some time in either the upper or lower jaw. A bridge comprises two or more crowns, with the false teeth in between them called pontics. Tooth-supported bridges rely on natural teeth or implants to be secured in place. Material for these false teeth can be anything from porcelain to alloys and gold. The different fixed bridges are Traditional bridges, Cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges, and Implant-Supported Bridges.

Benefits of Dental Bridge

  • Restore your smile -Dental bridges are a great way to restore your missing teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. Not only do they strengthen your smile, but when you feel confident about how beautiful it looks, that can significantly affect other areas of life like happiness and health.
  • Restore the function of your teeth – Missing teeth can make it difficult or uncomfortable to chew some foods and speak clearly. But a dental bridge is the solution for those who want to bring back the function of the teeth that were once there. Restoring your bite, chewing ability, and speech quality will have such a fantastic effect on day-to-day life that you won’t regret getting one of these replacements.
  • Maintain your face structure -When a tooth is lost, the jawbone may start to deteriorate under the gap. Tooth roots stimulate bone cells within this area of missing teeth, and so this area must be stimulated for your gums not to shrink over time and affect the shape of your face.
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth – If you miss some teeth, you often recommend replacing them. If not replaced, the forces in your bite are not dispersed evenly among all of the remaining natural teeth and their supporting structures, such as the gums and bone. As a result, these areas may sustain increased pressure from chewing or even cause pain until they adjust themselves to this new situation. Therefore, when you replace a missing tooth using a dental bridge, it could balance your bite. 
  • Prevents the adjacent teeth from moving – A dental bridge is a great way to maintain your natural teeth. When you fill in gaps along the gum line with vital elements like bridges, other teeth are less likely to move and become loose.

Veneers

Veneers are an optional cosmetic dental treatment because they are placed for aesthetic reasons. You want to have a beautiful smile, but your teeth are too small, discoloured, or crooked. Veneers can help them look straighter and more prominent; that’s why they are also known as “smile makeovers” because they improve the appearance of your teeth. They are designed to cover teeth without creating an apparent difference between them or disrupting their function.

Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells that fit and bond over the front part of teeth to correct their appearance and protect them from damage. Thus, this is not a solution for missing tooth replacement; this is only for cosmetic dental restoration to improve your facial appearance. The types of veneers are Porcelain veneers, Composite veneers, Ceramic veneers, and Removable veneers. 

Want to learn more about Veneers? Read our detailed guide: What Are Veneers: A Detailed Guide By Peel Dental Studio

Benefits of Veneers

  • Looks and functions like a natural tooth – Veneers are the perfect way to get your smile looking like a celebrity’s without going under the knife. They are just a fancy way of dressing up your teeth. They’re applied directly onto teeth, and they can be made from porcelain or other materials that match what is already in your mouth for an all-natural look. They’re not false teeth, and they don’t replace any missing teeth either since they still keep the underlying tooth intact.
  • Replace damaged enamel – It is not uncommon for many people to have lost enamel from overzealous tooth brushing or acidic foods. Enamel abrasion and enamel erosion are conditions that affect the surface of teeth. Veneers offer an excellent remedy for this problem.
  • Tooth whitening – Veneers are like a new skin for your teeth. They are an excellent solution for patients who would rather have their teeth whitened permanently instead of once every year. Veneers are not only for aesthetic improvements but also for protection. They are non-porous, so they not only act as a protective layer on the surface of your tooth but also help keep stains away that would otherwise be absorbed into the enamel itself. These dental prosthetics are highly resilient and stain-resistant, so it’s easier to maintain a bright smile.
  • Less invasive dental procedure – Getting dental veneers is a less invasive way to restore teeth than other options. This dental technique, for example, removes only ½ millimetres off the front surface of your tooth, much less than what would be removed if you were getting a dental crown. After this has been done, each overlay goes on using special cement, and any needed adjustments are made to size or colour before they’re placed onto your tooth for maximum natural look and feel. 
  • Quick dental cosmetic treatment – As we age, our smiles tend to get a little more beat up and worn. You might see this in the form of tiny chips on your incisors or chipped corners on teeth; misshapen teeth and gaps that never got corrected when you were younger; and discoloured teeth from food and drinks; Not only are these unattractive, but they’re also indicative of bad dental health. Veneers can quickly fix all those imperfections with just a few appointments. It covers where you need it and smoothing over rough edges while correcting gaps between teeth, so everything is straight again.

Final Thoughts

We believe that our teeth play a significant role in how others perceive us, and it is essential to take care of them as much as possible. 

Removable dentures are a practical solution commonly worn by people who have lost teeth, but they aren’t the only option. If you are looking for an alternative to complete denture or partial denture, Peel Dental Studio offers implants and other modern cosmetic dentistry treatments that will give your smile back its natural beauty. We offer the latest technology that will help restore your smile with minimal discomfort or disruption to your life. Our team takes great pride in providing personalized care for every patient we see. Contact us today at 08 9535 4900, so we can get started on creating the perfect treatment plan for your individual needs.

Dr. Ross Bailey

https://peeldentalstudio.com.au

Dr Bailey currently serves on the Australian Dental Association as immediate Past President, and before this has held office as President, Treasurer and Country Councillor. He is on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored young dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth, which he has held for over 20 years.

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