Lucio H. Kim DDS

Is there a cheaper alternative to dental implants?

When you're dealing with tooth loss, it's essential to understand all of your treatment options. Most dentists will agree that dental implants are the gold standard and best choice for tooth replacement.

Patients may wonder if there's a less expensive tooth replacement that doesn't require surgery, and the answer to that question is: yes. However, while your other options may be less expensive, they may not be the ideal choice for your dental health.

Let's see how dental implants compare to other tooth replacement solutions.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge supports one or two prosthetic teeth with crowns on either end. The crowns attach to healthy teeth to support the artificial teeth in between.

Dental bridges were the first choice for tooth replacement before dental implants; however, they have drawbacks. A dental bridge does not replace your tooth root like a dental implant does, which results in bone loss over time.

A bridge also requires your dentist to alter two healthy teeth to place the support crowns. The bridge may also only provide a life span of about seven to 12 years and require replacement.

Full or Partial Dentures

Partial dentures can replace multiple missing teeth, while full dentures replace an entire arch. A complete denture fits over your gums and relies on suction, adhesives, and a snug fit to stay in place. Relying on your jawbone for support eventually results in bone loss over time, which will impact the fit of your denture.

Some people have difficulties with dentures moving or slipping when they talk, laugh, or eat, which can cause embarrassing situations.

Opt to Do Nothing

This is definitely the least expensive option but could be the one with the most consequences.

If you choose not to replace a lost tooth, your neighboring teeth will begin to drift into the open space. Drifting results in tooth misalignment and increases your risk of developing problems like tooth decay or gum disease.

You will also experience bone loss without a root for your jawbone to support. This can impact surrounding teeth, resulting in more tooth loss. It can also cause your face to have a 'sunken' look that adds years to your appearance.

Why Dental Implants in Glendale, CA Are the Optimum Choice

Dental implants replace both your root and your tooth, solving the problem of bone loss and protecting your dental health. They also act like a natural tooth, giving you the function and appearance you had before your tooth loss.

Tooth implants also offer excellent longevity, as they can last a lifetime in many cases. This makes them a more cost-effective option for some patients.

Dental implants in Glendale can also support prosthetics like a bridge or denture so patients with multiple lost teeth can experience their benefits. For example, implants can act as anchor teeth for bridges and support dentures designed to snap into them, providing extra stability, so there's no slippage during talking and eating.

Learn More About Dental Implants for Your Smile

Dr. Lucio Kim has helped hundreds of patients over the years restore their smiles with tooth implants. He can complete the procedure from start to finish at our Glendale dental office, so you don't have to go elsewhere for your care. 

Contact us today at (818) 242-3739 for more information about dental implants.

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