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Alternatives to false teeth

Updated April 17, 2017

Tooth loss can be devastating and affect every aspect of a person's life. There is nothing that can fully replace healthy, natural teeth. Dentures can actually cause additional bone loss and, as a result, are seen as the last possible option for replacing tooth loss. However, there are other options besides having to live with false teeth for the rest of your life.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a favourable option when tooth loss occurs. In "Dental Health for Adults: A Guide to Protecting Your Teeth and Gums," Hans-Peter Weber reports that dental implants begin by surgically inserting a titanium screw into the alveolar bone that acts as a substitute for the natural tooth root. This can be done for one tooth or all of a person's teeth. The person can even eat as she did with her original teeth.

Fixed Bridge Implants

Weber further reports that dental implants can also be anchored as abutments for fixed bridges or as anchors for full or partial removable dentures. This can be a very cost-effective way of dealing with complete tooth loss. This, in turn, allows a patient to have the likeness of natural teeth, which enhances his overall health and self view.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are another alternative for people who have relatively healthy teeth and roots that are severely stained or damaged. Dentures.net reports that veneers are shell-thin and can be placed over a front tooth to give it a more cosmetic appearance and add strength and protection to the tooth.

Crowns and Denture Bridges

Still another alternative for someone who has some healthy teeth but has lost a few is to utilise crowns and denture bridges. Crowns can cover a damaged tooth, and denture bridges can be anchored to that tooth and hook to another tooth to build a bridge where there is tooth loss. This can actually feel like a realistic tooth replacement.

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About the Author

Kristie Jernigan is a health writer with over 17 years of experience as a medical social worker. She has worked mainly with the elderly population and with children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and early childhood from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in health care administration and gerontology from the University of Phoenix.