What alternatives to dental implants are available?

Smiling beautiful girl and her handsome boyfriend taking selfie Dental implants are sometimes considered the “gold standard” for tooth replacement. When a patient is missing a tooth due to disease, injury, or failed root canal therapy, they will need to have this tooth replaced as soon as possible to avoid the shifting of the existing teeth. Many Naples, FL area patients will think about the benefits of dental implants, which can last a lifetime with proper care.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are best described as tooth root replacements made of titanium, a metal that is biocompatible with the body. The implant itself looks like a small post and is placed into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery. Over the top of the implant, on the abutment, a crown, bridge, or denture can be used to replace one or several teeth.

What alternatives to dental implants are available?

Patients who are not proper candidates for the placement of dental implants may want to seek other tooth replacement solutions to restore the function and form of the missing tooth. When a patient does not meet the requirements for placing dental implants, they will want to discuss alternative solutions to replace one or more teeth. Dental bridges are an effective way of replacing a missing tooth, or several in a row. These restorations use the surrounding teeth for support to hold the bridge in place and allow the false teeth called pontics to rest on the gumline. Alternatively, patients may also want to ask about traditional dentures, either full or partial depending on how many teeth they are replacing. Partial dentures are made of a metal framework and snap into the dental arch to slide false teeth in place, while full dentures are utilized to replace all the teeth in the dental arch.

Call Marsh Cove Dental and Implant Center today

Naples, FL area patients who are in need of tooth replacement are welcome to connect with our team at March Cove Dental and Implant Center to discuss their needs. Drs. Eugene and Olga Titov are here to help. Call (239) 331-3575 to request an appointment at 6654 Collier Boulevard, Suite #104.

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