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Implants Vs Dentures: What Are The Differences & Similarities?

When you are suffering from major tooth loss, either at the point of being edentulous, or approaching it, there are several choices that you might consider for treatment. Among the most popular are dentures and dental implants. Both provide the patient with replacement teeth, though the two are distinctly different. What are the differences are similarities between implants & dentures?

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are a treatment in which an acrylic base is custom made in a dental lab to fit over your gums. The teeth are not fixed, but are taken out of the mouth at night. They are fully functional, and help you to chew and speak, and also look like natural teeth too. All remaining teeth are first extracted.

An immediate denture is placed straight away following extraction, and the gums allowed to heal around it.

This gives the advantage of never leaving you without teeth, though it needs to be adjusted and relined several months later as the bone reshapes. A conventional denture is placed after the gums are fully healed following extraction. This can leave you toothless for several months. Partial dentures are also available for replacing some but not all teeth.

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are fixed and permanent replacement teeth, and this is what most distinguishes them from dentures. The implants are a titanium screw-like solution which are fixed in where the root of your teeth would be. They fuse with the bone in your jaw, effectively creating a new structure for your teeth. A frame is then fitted to the implants, giving support to the jaw, and the replacement teeth are set permanently to the structure. The replacement teeth are still manufactured in a laboratory according to your own measurements.

Simple single tooth dental implants are available, as well as multiple tooth and full arch implants. The Teeth In One Day dental implant treatment gives patients a full arch of teeth with only 4 implants. The outcome in any respect, is replacement teeth that look and feel really natural, and perform well; allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Differences Between Dental Implants & Dentures

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Some of the differences between dentures and implants should by now be becoming clear; the two are very different even though they provide an answer to the same problem. The table below provides a comparison:

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Provide high quality replacement teeth to patients who are suffering from tooth loss or edentulous. Made in a laboratory to fit the measurements of the individual. Can be more comfortable and natural feeling than dentures.

Provides a fixed solution. Teeth cannot be taken out, and become fused with the bone cells of the jaw in order to become as natural teeth would be.

Permanent solution that can last a lifetime, or at least for decades to come. Barely any follow up treatment required once permanent teeth are fitted.

Actual treatment takes one day to provide temporary set of fixed teeth, followed by a follow up to fit permanent teeth once the dental implants have healed.

Can be used as a treatment for single missing tooth, multiple teeth, and for a full arch or set of teeth. Various treatments are available to suit the situation. For arch treatments require extractions.

Requires aftercare which is similar to that of natural teeth.

Not easily implemented on weak jawbones, unless the Teeth In One Day method is being used.

Is relatively expensive compared to dentures, though can still be achieved in a cost effective manner.

Conventional Implants

· Provide high quality replacement teeth to patients who are suffering from tooth loss or edentulous. Made in a laboratory to fit the measurements of the individual.

· Provide a removable solution that can be slipped on and off, and is taken out at night.

· Needs to be relined or replaced in order to keep jaw alignment normal. This means regular checkups and the guarantee of more treatment to come.

· Treatment consists of one day extracting teeth. In the case of an immediate denture the teeth are fitted the same day, though a follow up is needed to realign a couple of months later. A conventional denture waits for healing after extraction, which can leave you toothless for months.

· Usually used to replace an entire arch or mouth of teeth. Remaining teeth are always extracted for a full denture, whereas a partial denture can be worked around existing teeth. Not a valid treatment for one or two missing teeth.

· Requires aftercare which is similar to that of natural teeth.

· Can be enjoyed by nearly anyone, even people with weak jaw, or other health issues that might affect their candidacy for dental implants.

· Is relatively inexpensive compared to implants, making it an incredibly accessible solution.

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Should I Choose Dentures Or Dental Implants?

The comparisons above should give you some idea of whether you want dentures or dental implants, but there really is no right or wrong answer. Both provide you with an excellent solution that will give you high quality replacement teeth, and boost your confidence as well as your ability to eat and talk. In this respect both serve to boost the quality of your life dramatically.

Your dentist or prosthodontist can help you to understand more about these options, and how they apply to you. Following their advice, along with your own feelings, you can decide on the best course of action to grant yourself the gift of new teeth. At Friedman Dental Group we offer both dentures and dental implants, and can help you to know which is best with a free consultation. Contact us today if you are suffering from tooth loss, and want to know more.

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