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Dentures VS Dental Implants

To avoid misinformation, we love to keep our patients well advised about all of the procedures we perform at our clinic. In this article, we will discuss dentures and dental implants and their applications and treatment methods so that you can distinguish their similarities and differences and know which one is better if you require dental replacements.

example of dentures

We’ll start by describing both procedures.

Dentures

What is a denture?

A denture is a tooth and gum replacement device that is removable. Dentures can either be
partial or complete. People use full dentures when all teeth are missing, whereas partial dentures
serve when some natural teeth remain.

Dentures come in various styles, but their material is acrylic resin primarily. You could also get
porcelain dentures, which last longer, but acrylic dentures are more durable. In addition, acrylic
adheres to the denture base more securely and is easier to adjust. Acrylic resin is also less
expensive and lighter in weight than porcelain.

The disadvantage of acrylic resin teeth is that they wear faster than porcelain teeth, resulting in
how the teeth contact one another. As a result, dentists usually replace acrylic resin dentures
every five to eight years.

How dentures work

Dentures require a support structure, commonly known as a partial or complete plate. Removable
partial dentures are typically made by affixing replacement teeth to pink or gum-colored plastic
bases. They may also have a metal or more natural-looking framework that attaches and connects
to your teeth.

The type of denture you receive will determine their material and making. There are three types,
each with its own set of procedures for the patient: traditional, direct, and overdentures.

Traditional

Because your dentist must first remove your remaining teeth and allow your tissue to heal before
placing them, this is a fully removable denture that takes several months to settle into your
mouth. After having your teeth extracted, you will most likely have to wait four to eight weeks
for your dentist to fit you with traditional dentures.

Direct

A direct denture is a removable denture that your dentist can place in your mouth on the same
day they extract the remaining teeth. Because your doctor will take measurements and create
models of your jaw before removing your teeth, this is a faster process than traditional dentures.
It means you won’t be without teeth while your jaw recovers; however, your denture may need to
be adjusted or recreated once your jaw heals.

Overdentures

Overdentures are dentures that a dentist designs to fit over a few of your natural teeth. Because
they are part of your jawbone, your natural teeth provide stability and support for the denture.

Learn more about our denture service here.

Dental implants

Dental implants are a permanent restoration procedure. First, a dentist places the implant where
the root of a missing tooth once was. After that, they use the replacement root to secure a
replacement tooth.

A dental implant is one of the most popular options for replacing missing teeth. It’s also one of
the most critical dental breakthroughs in the last four decades. There are many options for
replacing a tooth, but most of our patients believe that dental implants are the best option for
them. A dental implant’s primary material is titanium and other biocompatible components.

How do dental implants function?

Three steps for dental implant treatment:

  • Inserting the implant
  • The healing process includes the integration of the jawbone with the implant.
  • And the application of the prosthesis, i.e., the dental crown or the new-made tooth.

All-on-4 dental implants

All-on-4 dental implants are popular because they place four to six implants per arch. In the front
region of the mouth, they put two implants vertically and two at an angle in the posterior, or
back, region. Dental specialists can use this technique to make the most of existing bone
structures while encouraging bone regeneration. In addition, the patient will not require
procedures such as nerve repositioning or bone grafts.

Are dental implants uncomfortable?

We will not deceive you. To begin, the process of implant placement can be painful; thus, I will
prescribe adequate pain relievers to the patient. And may also provide anti-inflammatory
medications to reduce swelling, which will be highly beneficial during the healing process.
Following that, we monitor the patient for the next treatment step, which is the placement of
dental crowns.

Learn more about our dental implants here.

Finally, we can say

It is always up to our patients the treatment they want to choose. However, we are responsible for
letting you know all about these procedures for a better-informed decision. Therefore, before
showing you the options for your condition, we will have previous diagnoses and perhaps
medical studies to check your particular case. Our recommendation is to stick to your physician’s
advice and dental treatment.

However, according to our own experience and patient satisfaction, dental implants seem to have
more pleasing results. We’ve observed cases where we proceed to place dental implants. Over the
years, our patients have shown that teeth are much more stable due to their teeth’s strong
foundations, even though some treatments or procedures may take less time or pain. Depending
on the patient’s circumstances, we consider it a securer alternative.

Ultimately, both procedures have their methodologies and advantages. Thus, it is critical that
your dentist evaluates your situation and advises you on how the treatment works, the healing
process, and the durability of the teeth replacement.

So if you are wondering what restorative treatment best suits you, don’t hesitate to contact us to
get your dental checkup. We have nearly all general dentistry approaches, and we’ll gladly
examine your teeth and precisely assess you to bring you closer to the smile of your dreams.