Spring Valley Dental Care & Implant Center

Implants & Alternatives

Do Nothing / Leave Space Denture / Flipper / Partial Bridge (Tooth Supported) Implant Crowns & Bridges
Continued Bone Loss / Jaw Atrophy Yes Yes Yes None
Speed of Treatment N/A Slow Fast Teeth In A Day

Delayed Treatment

Comfort Low Low High High
Neighboring Teeth Problems Yes Yes Sometimes None
10 Year Studies N/A < 50% 90%* 97%

*Factors such as polypharmacy (taking multiple medications) and parafunction (grinding/clenching) may diminish success rates for tooth-supported dental bridges.

What Is A Dental Implant? 

A dental implant is a titanium screw that can support an implant abutment and crown or bridge to restore a missing tooth or teeth. Implants have been researched for approximately three-quarters of a century. They are comfortable, seamless, and can last a lifetime.

What Are The Alternatives To Dental Implants? 

A dental bridge can be a great alternative to dental implants. It is essentially several crowns splinted together to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Adjacent teeth are prepped, and the bridge is delivered. Whether you are opting for a dental bridge or implant, the restorations feel natural and essentially the same. Bridges and implants are comfortable, and you will forget which teeth are your natural teeth and which teeth are artificially restored. Bridges cannot be flossed.

Why Do Implants Last Longer Than Anything Else? 

Implants cannot get decayed whereas support teeth for tooth-supported bridges can.

What Would Not Make Me A Suitable Candidate? 

Periodontal disease. Once infected teeth are removed, you may then convert into a suitable candidate.

Can I Replace My Entire Mouth With Dental Implants? 

Yes. All-On-X therapy involves replacing all your teeth with a minimum of four implants in each arch. Oftentimes, you will receive a temporary bridge in just one day.


Conventional Bridge

How Many Appointments Does It Take For A Dental Implant? 

As little as one or two appointments. Treatment plans will vary. The average is closer to seven appointments, however, IV sedation and proper numbing will be achieved to avoid potential discomfort.

What Would Make Me An Unsuitable Candidate For A Tooth Supported Dental Bridge (Alternative To Implants)? 

Polypharmacy (taking multiple medications) and parafunction (clenching/grinding) will cause early failure of dental bridges including tooth decay and fracture.

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