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Are there any less invasive alternatives to dental implants? (YES, THERE ARE!)
Placement of dental implants is one of the most common dental procedures in the world. However, many people are reluctant to undergo the procedure simply out of fear, it is after all a surgical operation. Luckily, implants are just one of many ways of replacing missing teeth so, if you are looking for a much less invasive alternative to dental implants, DENTAL CENTRE MALLORCA®´s expert dentist sheds light on other available options.
Permanent (fixed) appliances
A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis used to replace one tooth or even an almost entire arch of teeth by attaching artificial teeth to existing teeth on either side of the gap. The procedure involves preparing the adjacent teeth for crown placement, taking an impression and sending it to a specialist dental lab. The expert technician then produces a single structure containing the new artificial teeth with a crown on either end. To fit it, the entire structure is fixed in place with a very strong dental glue and, as the name suggests, the final prosthesis seamlessly bridges the gap. This is a great solution for people who are afraid of undergoing surgery but still want a fixed prosthesis. Moreover, the bridge can usually be made and fitted in just 5 days from the initial consultation!
In a Maryland bridge, instead of preparing adjacent teeth for crowns, the new artificial tooth is made with small ”wings”. These wings are bonded to the backs of adjacent teeth with a very strong glue and this keeps the new tooth in place. The benefit of this bridge is that an anaesthetic injection is not usually necessary because the structure of the adjacent teeth is left intact. Just as with a classic bridge, it takes about 5 days from your first appointment to getting your Maryland bridge fitted.
Full-arch Bridge on Conus (Telescopic) Crowns
This method is used in people who lack most of the natural teeth and it is done in two steps. Firstly, your remaining natural teeth will be prepared for placement of crowns. The dental technician will then produce a full-arch bridge that fits over the crowns so perfectly that together they will form a tight lock, fixing the full-arch bridge in place. This is very similar to the All-On-4 denture on implants but it does not require surgery. This type of bridge can still be removed by the patient, but unlike a normal denture, it requires a bit of force to remove it which means that it will stay in place while you go about your day.
DENTAL CENTRE MALLORCA® in Santa Ponsa is a clinic run by British dentists with 28 years of experience, fully registered with the British Orthodontic Society and the GDC in London.
If you wish to know more visit www.dentalcentremallorca.es
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