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What is the alternative to a dental bridge?

I have a missing tooth and I don't want to get a dental bridge. What is the alternative to a dental bridge?

6 Answers

Dental Implants are better solution and "standard of care" in today's modern dentistry. A dental implant looks and functions like a real tooth.
There is no reduction in tooth structure on any of your surrounding teeth, like there is with a bridge.
When you are missing one or more teeth you have 4 choices:
1. Dental Bridge (this is the best choice if the teeth adjacent to the missing one/ones are broken down and need repair anyway, and you are not one who gets a lot of cavities. (expensive)
2. This is the best choice if the adjacent teeth to the missing are in good shape and don't need to be restored (expensive)
3. If you can't afford to have a dental bridge or implant, you can get a removable partial denture, which usually has metal wires to hold it in. This is a good choice if you want the least expense and could possibly have "1 or 2" at a later stage of your life. You still have those choices even if you can't afford them at this time.
4. Do nothing. Having a missing tooth or teeth makes it harder to chew and doesn't look so good, but it isn't life-threatening, so even if you can't afford 1,2 or 3 now, you may do that later.
Implant or partials
If there is only one or two missing teeth, the only other alternative is an
implant, providing there is enough bone and space.

Dr. Totonchi
The alternative to a dental bridge is either an implant or a partial denture. The implant in placed inside the bone and a false tooth is placed.
There are a few options that you have besides a bridge.