Information such as the alternatives to dental bridges that are available may set the patient’s mind at ease.  Everyone wants to make the best decision for themselves and their families.  This is why it is important that a patient be armed with all of the information so that they can make the right decision.

The dental professionals can explain what each one options are and of the pros and cons one might face with each choice.  This will include the procedures that are involved, the amount of time that they will take, the cost, and the durability of each option.  The types of materials that will be used can be disclosed at this time as well. It is important for the patient to know that ignoring an issue like this is not a viable option as it will affect their overall oral health.

Opting for a partial denture is one of the options the patient will learn of.  Many patients opt for this if they aren’t sure what their next move might be, such as whether they will elect to have replacement implants put in or not.  A partial can temporarily fill the void created by the missing teeth, which will help to protect the healthy teeth in the mouth and keep them from shifting. It is important to note that a partial will not help to prevent bone loss.

Opting for implants is also one of the alternatives to dental bridges that many are learning about.  One of the biggest advantages to implants is that they help to avoid recession of the jaw bone because their anchoring system mimics the tooth root.  While this option may cost more, it will aid in keeping the integrity and health of the jaw bone.