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Dentures Vs Dental Implants: Pros and Cons. Which one is right for you?

“Both dentures and dental implants provide an excellent success rate of not less than 95% to treat missing teeth. – Dr. Aval Luthra”
A perfect smile makes you a winner. It wins the heart and makes the task at hand much easier at your workplace. It shows your confidence and positivity and draws all the attention towards you. But what a perfect smile is? I lost a tooth to an accident, don’t feel like smiling anymore. Can I do something to get back that confidence? If such questions and apprehensions cross your mind, dentures and dental implants are the answer. A lost tooth robs a lot from you. Your ability to chew properly and digest food, flawless speech, aesthetics of your appearance, and sometimes self-esteem too. Several people around the world struggle with tooth loss. Although people of all age groups are affected, elderly people are at a higher risk. Studies show that nearly 30 percent of the elders in the 65-74 age bracket have lost teeth. 
There can be several reasons for tooth loss including accidents, gum disease, decay that needs the tooth to be removed, etc. No matter what has caused the tooth loss, dentures and dental implants are great options to fill in the vacated space. These are dental prostheses that are placed in the location of the lost tooth to fill the gap. These are often custom-designed to match with your teeth and jaw structure and give a seamless experience. Both options can dramatically restore your chewing and speaking ability.
Dentures are prostheses that are fitted over the gums. They provide only the top/outer structure of your teeth with the root inside the gums kept intact. On the other hand, dental implants replace both the tooth cap and root. A metal screw-like structure forms the root to give it a firmer grip. Some surveys show that nearly ninety percent of the people prefer dentures as a replacement for lost teeth. However, the market for a dental implant is rising remarkably and increasing at an annual rate of 5% per year. With this blog, we intend to take you a bit deeper into the details of the two options, dentures and dental implants. By weighing the pros and cons of each we will find a way to choose the most suitable option for you.

In this blog, you’ll learn about Dental Implants and Dentures, and which is the best solution for you

Table of Contents

Feel free to jump to the topic you’re interested in:

           1.    Risks associated with missing teeth.

2.    Choosing the right option for you:

2.1  Dentures

2.2  Dental Implants

3.    Care and maintenance after your treatment.

4.    How to choose the right orthodontist.

Know all about it by the most trusted orthodontist ~Dr.Aval Luthra

  1. Why should you get treated for your missing teeth?: Risks associated with missing teeth

Why is getting a missing tooth treated so important? It is just one tooth, is it necessary to go for a replacement? Many people think that a missing tooth is not serious and can be ignored, particularly if it is not apparently visible. However, the fact is, one or more knocked out teeth can affect you in multiple ways. 

  • It affects the aesthetic structure of your face. The jawbone at the missing tooth site starts receding and gives a sunken look.

  • Neighboring teeth are weakened, exposed and become prone to decay, and other issues.

  • All your teeth play an important role in your perfect bite which is altered to be problematic.

  • The stability of the entire structure is compromising increasing the risk of jaw pain, neck pain, headaches, etc,

  • Your speech can also be impaired due to airflow from the gap in your teeth.

  • It leads to digestion issues as your food is not chewed properly.

Replacing the missing tooth soon helps in reducing the chances of complications. It prevents the weakening of other teeth and maintains structural composition. Your speech and the proper bite are corrected. Your appearance is restored and you get your confidence back.

  1. Choosing the right option for you

The two best solutions for missing teeth are dentures and dental implants. However, to choose the best one for you, you have to understand each one of them in detail and weigh their merits and demerits.

2.1       Dentures

Dentures are the dental prosthesis used to replace the missing teeth. These are not permanently fixed in your mouth, rather you can remove it and replace it as and when needed. Dentures do not instantly feel natural and you may take a while to get used to them. However, present-day dentures are more comfortable and give you a natural look.

The base of the dentures is made of acrylic. It fits in your gums well and has a flesh-colored appearance for a natural look. Traditionally the teeth of the dentures were made of resin or porcelain, with the latter preferred more. In recent times, teeth are also made of acrylic resin that secures to the base easily and firmly. This makes the dentures more durable.

Typically, dentures are of two types, full and partial dentures. 

  • Full conventional dentures are a replacement of all the teeth in your mouth. Any remaining will be first removed and you will be left with no teeth for several months as your gums heal. You can also choose for a full immediate denture. These are placed in your mouth immediately after the removal of teeth. These dentures require repeated adjustments for months as the bone reshapes while healing. 

  • The second type of denture is a partial denture that replaces missing teeth while the remaining teeth are kept intact. The denture is based on a metal framework attached to the surrounding natural teeth.

Both types of dentures have a gum-colored base that fits in the alveolar ridge with the help of suction. The upper denture has an extended base covering the palate. The fitting is important to ensure that dentures do not fall out. Artificial teeth project form the base to function as teeth.

Some prominent advantages of dentures are:

  • The procedure is non-invasive.

  • These are removable that make adjusting with dentures easy.

  • Dentures are held at the top of the gums and nothing goes into the jaw bone. That makes them suitable for people with weak jaws.

  • Efficiently address biting and speaking issues.

  • No dietary restrictions.

  • These are long-lasting and cost-effective.

.    You can experience a few shortcomings with dentures.

  • As the dentures are removable, these may come out while eating or talking.

  • If these are not properly fitted, these may cause infection. You need to follow the cleaning schedule religiously.

Dentures are highly cost-effective. The cost is subjective and depends on multiple factors. The type of denture you like to get (full or partial), the material used (porcelain is preferred), and the technique used for fabrication are some of the factors considered for computing the cost. Whether the practitioner is a general dentist or a prosthodontist can also make the difference. A prosthodontist uses several intrigue instruments and charges more. The cost of dentures in the Delhi NCR region can range from INR 5000 to INR 50000 based on these factors. The Dental Arche clinic provides quality denture treatment at the most honest pricing and ensures excellent results.

2.2      Dental Implants

Let us take a closer look at the dental implants and how they help you by replacing a lost tooth. Dental implants are considered one of the standard procedures to replace a missing tooth with a prosthetic one. Interestingly, an implant is a replacement of the root of the lost tooth and not of the tooth itself. It is a dental fixture that is implanted by securing it into the jaw bone with the help of a surgical procedure. It takes a few months to fuse with the bone and serves as the base or the root for the new prosthetic tooth or bridge. As the implant implants are secured well into the bones and offer a solid base for the mimicking tooth. These are mostly made of titanium that merges with the bones and gives no feeling of a foreign part in your body. With the advancement in technology, dentists nowadays are able to achieve a 98% success rate for implants.

Before placing a dental implant your dentist will first examine your mouth and ensure that your jawbones are in good condition, enough to bear the surgical procedure and hold the implant. Once it is ensured that placing the implant is possible, you can go for the surgical procedure. The treatment is performed under sedation to manage anxiety and ensure comfort during the treatment.

The first step is to remove the damaged tooth or its remaining part if there is any. Oftentimes the dental surgeon would insert an alveolar bone graft (artificial bone) to attain a strong base for the implant. It generally takes two to six months for this site to heal based on the number of graft bone overlays that are needed. 

Once a strong bone is acquired for the implant the placement is done in the next appointment. Special drills and instruments are used for this purpose. A capping is placed and gums are stitched. A temporary artificial tooth is fitted and the site is left for healing for another two to six months. A follow-up examination is needed to ensure safe healing and no infections. 

When the implant is healed and integrated with the jawbone Your dentist will place a prosthetic component to serve as a base to hold the crown. An impression is taken and a custom-made crown is fitted in your mouth.

Dental implants are preferred for several reasons:

  • The stress on the neighboring teeth is reduced and serves as a strong base of the crown.

  • They maintain jaw-height and reduce the aging effect.

  • These are more durable and provide a long-lasting solution.

  • These are more comfortable and less prone to infections.

  • The success rate of implants is remarkably high.

    Dental implants are highly preferred but have their limitations as well:

  • Placing implants is a surgical procedure and can take up to a year before you could see the final results.

  • The process is not suitable for people with insufficient jawbone structure to hold the implant.

  • The initial cost of the procedure is higher as compared to dentures.

The cost of a dental implant procedure is influenced by several factors like the number of implants and the material used for implant construction. You can discuss with your dentist, the pros and cons of different material including cost and choose the most suitable one. The procedure needed to be done before placing the implant, like bone grafting, makes a huge difference. The average cost in Delhi NCR ranges between INR 20000 to INR 65000. Visit the Dental Arche clinic for the best quality implant treatment at the most affordable cost.

  1. Caring tips to make sure you get the most out of your treatment

Life with dentures and dental implants is very normal. But do they need some special care? Well! The answer is yes. You need to follow some homecare tips to ensure that the results are long-lasting and well maintained. The hygiene routine for dentures is classified into three categories.

  1. After meal denture cleaning

    1. You should remove the denture after every meal and clean it with a denture brush or at least rinse thoroughly with water.

    2. Use non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent the wearing of the prosthetic.

    3. Massage your gums and soft tissues and clean remaining natural teeth (in case of the partial denture) with a soft toothbrush.

    4. Rinse with water before putting it back.

  2. Night care

Remove and soak the dentures in a cleansing solution (or half water half vinegar solution) for the night. If the denture has metal hooks, soak in warm water.

Caring for dental implants is simpler and is similar to regular oral hygiene routine.

  • Brush twice a day.

  • Use a non-abrasive toothbrush and a soft-bristle toothbrush.

  • Floss daily. Ask your dentist to recommend a floss suitable for the implant.

  • Your dentist may recommend an oral irrigator.

  1. Getting treated from a trusted dentist will give you the best results: Know-how.

Dental implants and dentures procedures are intriguing and involve the use of sophisticated instruments. The procedures are done inside your mouth, a location that is not very easy to reach and is not well exposed. This emphasizes the need for a proficient and experienced practitioner to achieve success in the treatment procedures. The Dental Arche clinic operates under the eminent guidance of Dr. Aval Luthra, a renowned and highly admired dentist in the region. We provide high-quality dental treatments and excellent patient care. Powered with state-of-the-art equipment and a highly skilled team, our procedures are highly accurate and yield high success-rate. We have the most recent and well-maintained testing machines for x-ray, 3D imaging, etc to add precision to the diagnosis and procedures. We work with utmost devotion to ensure that every patient leaves the clinic happy and hearty. Our quality and comfortable treatment will boost confidence and would prove to be life-changing for you.