Alternatives to dental implants are useful but often have issues…

Partial denture

These are an economical and rapid solution, but most people tend not to like dentures as they often feel bulky and uncomfortable. They are frequently loose, causing difficulty and embarrassment when eating, and they have to be removed at night. They can increase the loss of bone and affect the supporting teeth.

Stick-on bridge

These are a good solution in some cases, but tend to be at risk of falling out if excess biting force is placed on the bridge. With the absence of the natural tooth root the bone above the crown
begins to shrink.

Fixed bridge

A high speed drill cuts out a significant amount of the neighbouring teeth to prepare them to take a bridge. This of course damages the teeth and shortens their lifespan. The extra loading the teeth then take means that bridges tend to last only ten to twelve years on average and can result in the loss of the supporting teeth.

Doing nothing – Leaving a gap

Apart from the obvious cosmetic issues that may result, failing to replace teeth that are lost will increase the forces that the remaining teeth have to withstand when chewing. This will result in additional teeth potentially being lost, as the chewing forces on the remaining teeth increase more and more, eventually leading to their loosening or fracture.

These animations explain what happens if you don’t replace missing teeth or choose alternative options…