What Are Some Dental Implant Alternatives? By Roni S. Berbari, DMD on August 27, 2020

dental tool used to finish restoration of artificial teethMany patients turn to dental implants to restore their missing or failing teeth. Some patients are not candidates for this procedure. When this is the case, doctors Roni Berbari and Dustin Kennedy inform patients of dental implant alternatives at our Montreal, QC, dental practice.

At a consultation, we will conduct a comprehensive examination to determine the best option for you. We will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed choice. Our doctors can provide procedures to replace missing teeth, improve your ability to chew, and enhance your self-esteem.

Why You May Not Qualify for Dental Implants

Dental implants are not suitable for all patients. Some may have medical conditions that would make oral surgery a risk. Others may not have sufficient jawbone density to accommodate implants. Some other factors are:

  • Medications: Prescription drugs that affect bone growth can hinder your ability to get implants.
  • Smokers: Smoking can affect your chances.
  • Diabetes: Patients who have poorly controlled diabetes may not be healthy enough for implants.
  • Cancer: You are not a candidate if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Dental Bridges

At our Montreal, QC, office, our doctors can determine if dental bridges are the right choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Bridges not only replace teeth but can restore function. These restorations are precisely customized for a seamless result.

Traditional bridges work best for patients who are missing up to three teeth. During your first visit, the doctor shapes the nearby teeth to prepare them, as they will serve as anchors for your new restoration. Impressions are taken of your teeth and are sent to the lab to create your bridge. At the second appointment, the dentist will bond your bridge in place using a special adhesive.

Removable Dentures

Dentures are often the go-to restoration for people who have advanced oral health problems, including gum disease. Dentures can help patients chew more easily, speak more clearly, and restore a more youthful look.

After an examination, our doctors might decide to extract any remaining teeth. Once all preparatory procedures have been completed, the dentist will take impressions of your mouth. Those impressions are sent to the lab to prepare your customized dentures.

Types of Traditional Dentures

There are several types of dentures available. At our office, we offer the following options:

  • Full Dentures: This restoration is the choice for patients who are missing all of their teeth. Patients typically need to attend several appointments to prepare the mouth to create the highest-quality dentures.
  • Partial Dentures: For patients who only have a few teeth remaining, partial dentures are a good option. The partials are made of both plastic and metal. Metal clasps wrap around the anchor teeth to add stability.

Learn More during a Visit

If you are ready to learn more about dental implant alternatives, please reach out to our office online or by calling (514) 733-3933. Our dentists can perform a complete assessment and determine the best option to replace your missing teeth and boost your confidence.

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