- by Dr. Ravneet Dhillon
- August 2, 2022
Tooth loss can be very distressing indeed and can hamper not only one’s ability to enjoy their favorite foods but also inhibit self-esteem and confidence.
However, with many facets to be kept in consideration, the choice can be difficult.
The right option depends on many factors like cost, choice, and the health of the patient’s jawbone and remaining teeth.
Both Dentures and implants have their unique advantages and disadvantages. A detailed discussion about both options with the dentist can help one decide the best option.
Dentures and implants eventually serve the same purpose:
- Helping to chew foods the patient might otherwise not be able to eat due to tooth loss
- Support facial muscles improving the aesthetics
- Improve Speech
- Help to increase self-esteem by improving the smile
However, there are some significant differences between the two dental treatments. Here are some pros and cons for each approach that should be considered before you make a decision.
What are Dentures?
Removable equipment that can help to replace both missing teeth as well as some of the gum tissue, Dentures are made of a pink gum-coloured acrylic base, which supports the denture teeth.
Some dentures may include a light framework of metal that gives additional stability, support and strength.
The dentures are of two types:
- Removable complete dentures
- Partial dentures
Complete or full dentures help in replacing all teeth in the upper or lower jaw or in both jaws and they rest directly on the gums.
On the other hand, Partial Dentures are utilized to fill in gaps and are mostly used in patients in whom some of the natural teeth remain.
Supported by clasps around existing teeth, Partial dentures may also be connected with precision attachments, and fitted onto crowns.
Advantages of Dentures
- They are less expensive than implants.
- They can be placed in patients who have experienced bone and gum loss.
- They have a non-invasive procedure.
- They do not require drilling into the bone
- They have a relatively quick process.
Disadvantages of Dentures
The dentures however have a few disadvantages
- They need adjustments or replacements as the structure of the face and gums change with age.
- They can take some time to get used to and may seem uncomfortable at first.
- They may cause increased salivation, and difficulty in chewing, and speaking.
- They may cause infection around the mouth and gums if not properly taken care of.
What are Dental Implants?
A titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, Dental implants act as the root of a natural tooth providing a permanent solution to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
The implant post bonds strongly with the jawbone in the process of osseointegration, creating an anchor to hold the replacement tooth.
Used to either replace single or multiple teeth, supporting crowns and even dentures, dental Implants look and act completely natural.
Moreover, dental implants can help maintain the structure of the jaw, and help one prevent the sunken facial appearance that comes with tooth loss, improving facial aesthetics.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Dental implants are extremely successful with a success rate of more than 95%.
- They are a long-lasting option and can last for more than 20 years or more with proper care.
- They are extremely easy to take care of, just like regular teeth.
- They can maintain the integrity of the facial structure and jaw bones.
- They can support and encourage age growth of the jaw bone mass.
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
- Dental implants are more expensive when compared to dentures.
- Healthy bones and gums are a prerequisite for getting dental implants, so not everyone can be a candidate for dental implants.
Procedure for Dental Implants Vs Dentures
A substantial amount of jawbone is needed to place the implants. A titanium prosthetic root, called a post, is implanted by drilling into the jawbone.
This post acts as a root and is fitted with a crown, after the bone has started to grow around the post, fusing with the implant in the process of osseointegration, securing the implant into place.
This process can take a couple of months after which the post is ready to receive an abutment, a small connector to which the crown will be then fitted.
Finally, a crown which is an artificial tooth made to match surrounding teeth is fitted to the abutment, completing the process and giving the patient artificial teeth which are completely natural in looks and function.
A high level of expertise is required to perform the procedure properly and safely, so it’s best to consult a dental office like Morgan Hill Dentistry, which has a high level of experience and a highly competent team.
Removable, prosthetic teeth that can be fitted into the mouth regardless of how much bone is present, Dentures can replace all the teeth on the upper and lower jaws or can be made to replace just a few missing teeth also.
An impression of the upper or lower gums or both is first taken according to the teeth that need to be replaced with the dentures.
The dentist checks the bite and the alignment of the upper and lower jaws to ensure that the length of the dentures will be suitable for optimal chewing & speech.
After the initial set of dentures is made in a lab, it is sent to the dentist, who places them in the mouth and the adjustments needed to the alignment or length of the teeth, if any, are made before a final set of dentures is created.
Made to look like natural teeth and gums, dentures are held in place with a particular type of glue that bonds them to your gums.
Dental Implants vs Dentures: Making a decision
Despite the various advantages and disadvantages of both dental implants and dentures, the right choice varies depending on the individual.
Some other factors that need to be considered while deciding between dental implants & dentures are:
Cost: Dental implants are a costly option as compared to dentures and other treatments, such as dental bridges.
Bone density: A particular amount of jawbone is needed to support the implants. Patients who have lost bone material, either through injury, age, gum disease, or tooth loss may not be ideal candidates for implants.
However, Dental bone grafting can be performed to augment jawbone density, depending on the health of the patient.
Durability: Dental implants, if properly taken care of can last for years and even a lifetime. This makes their cost lower in the long term as the dentures, in comparison, need replacements quite often.
Long-term oral health: Dental implants not only help to preserve bone and prevent gum tissue from shrinking but also boost their growth with the forces produced by chewing.
This helps to reduce the risk of losing more teeth whereas Dentures, on the other hand, do not boost any bone growth. Moreover, ill-fitting dentures can even expedite bone loss in some cases.
Oral hygiene: Dentures need meticulous cleaning every day whereas Implants can be protected merely by brushing and flossing, twice a day as one would do with regular teeth.
Improved Aesthetics: Implants are completely natural in their long function whereas dentures can feel bulky in comparison.
Function and feel: Dental Implants and implant implant-supported are known to provide more comfort, satisfaction and chewing efficiency as compared to conventional dentures.
Dental implants and dentures can both help to restore your confidence and smile while keeping the mouth healthy.
However, the final choice between the two can only be made after a consultation and a discussion with a competent and experienced dentist.
At Morgan Hill Dentistry, our team of the best dentist is happy to answer your queries and help you reach a decision on whether dental implants or dentures are the right choices for you.
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