The human body is prone to lose its strength and vitality as we age. The biggest proof of this comes in the form of tooth loss and gum disease. However, the good news is that the condition is no longer debilitating. One can replace the missing teeth with their ‘lookalikes’ through oral dentures. But when it comes to comfort, maintaining bone strength and dental esthetics, dentures are on the losing front to Dental Implants. Dental implants are the new age solution to the problem of missing teeth and are giving oral dentures a run for their money. Let us know more about the difference between them below.
Oral Dentures are a removable dental prosthesis that replaces multiple missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. These dentures can either be complete or partial, depending on the patient’s requirement. If some natural teeth remain then partial dentures are used, but if all teeth are missing then a complete denture is used.
Drawbacks of wearing dentures
- Dentures do not provide stimulus and support to the underlying bone hence, there is slow, continuous bone loss, despite wearing the denture.
- Dentures require frequent replacement (every 3- 6 years) due to constantly changing the resorbing underlying bone.
- Although technology has done wonders for denture esthetics, they still do not look as natural and visually appealing as a dental implant-supported crown.
- With dentures come limitations on food items that can be eaten, like apples, chocolates, corn on the cob, etc.
- Partial dentures can weaken the adjacent natural teeth from which they derive support.
- The slipping and poor retention of dentures makes it difficult to speak and eat.
Dental implants are surgical posts which when placed inside your jaw bone, fuses with it to subsequently support a dental prosthesis such as an implant-supported crown, bridge or denture. These are made with a variety of tissue-compatible alloys or metals and are assisted by several accessories such as abutments, gingival former, fixture and cover screw. They are employed to replace missing teeth in multiple scenarios ranging from tooth loss due to decay or periodontal disease to a gap due to accidental injury.
- Life-changing treatment: These revolutionary implants promise the most patient-friendly, full jaw rehabilitation to enable you to eat and speak without any trace of discomfort or pain.
- Graft-less, minimally invasive procedure: Bearing in mind that many patients requiring implants are elderly citizens, the special All-on-4 Implant procedure eliminates the need for any extensive graft placement surgery. These implants are tilted to be placed in a healthy and strong section of your jawbone.
- Fixed and Permanent solution: The implants act as supporting pillars on which the entire bridge is placed. They provide enhanced stability and a strong foundation for your permanent teeth-set to fix upon.
- Proven success rate: Dental implants placed are highly durable and are known to have an over 98% success rate.
As you see, dental implants have an edge over routine dentures. These implants have proven to be a long-term solution for missing teeth and are rapidly taking-over dentures as the to-go procedure when it comes to replacing multiple teeth loss. Their comfort, convenience and esthetic quality are far more superior to dentures. Not to forget the enhanced eating experience and esthetics they offer. Millions of people opting for these implants is proof that in near future these implants would become a standard procedure for teeth replacement.