Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

Posted by Dr. Wen Lu on Sep 29 2019, 04:48 PM

Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

Dental restorations are a great way to restore both the aesthetics and function of the teeth and gums. Some of the popular teeth replacement options in the form of implants and dentures. Although both serve in replacing missing teeth from the jawbone, they are entirely different in terms of design and function. 

Dental implants

A dental implant is a titanium post that is positioned surgically into the jawbone under the gumline, which lets the dentist mount alternate teeth or bridge into that area. You don’t have to be shy about that gap in your teeth anymore.

How does this implant work?

Titanium is used in dental implants because it easily fuses with the bone. So, over time, the implants will bond with the bone gradually, creating a strong and stable foundation for your new teeth. The small posts are attached to the implants and artificial teeth are placed over the posts.

How is it done?

The same day dental implants can be done depending on the health of the bone during extraction visit. Other than that, for dental implants, you have to go through two phases. One is the Surgical phase and the other is the Prosthetic phase.

1.     Surgical phase, Dental Implant Placement

During this phase, a titanium artificial root is placed in the jawbone. It replaces the root of the missing tooth, fusing with the bone, in a process called “osseointegration.”

Unfortunately, if your jaw has insufficient bone to support the implant, a bone graft will be used as a supplement.

2.  Restorative phase, Dental Implant Prosthesis Placement

During this phase, the implant abutment is placed on the implant, and a 3D scan is made. Custom implant crown, denture or bridge are fabricated in the lab according to the scan. Then the final prosthesis is inserted and adjusted for a comfortable fit.

Dentures

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and replaced for the surrounding tissues as well. This is prosthodontic dentistry as well. It can help you feel more confident about yourself, regain your healthy eating habits and also improve the way of speaking.

What are the types of dentures?

Complete dentures: Complete dentures are replacements or prosthetic devices for missing teeth. They are also called full dentures. They are either “conventional” or “immediate”. The dentures are made after removal of the teeth and soon after that, the gum tissue begins to heal, about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been removed. On the other hand, the immediate dentures are quite advance and can be placed soon after the teeth are removed. 

Partial Dentures:Partial Dentures are customized to replace some teeth or even replace an entire upper or lower set of teeth. Your partial dentures are designed mostly to meet your needs and also replace one or more missing teeth.

Immediate Dentures:An immediate denture is the best option when teeth extraction can’t be avoided. You can also go with fully functional teeth on the day of extraction itself by immediate dentures.

Premium dentures: Premium Dentures are custom created in state-of-the-art denture lab. The gums are mainly characterized and all of the anterior teeth are porcelain rather than acrylic so that it might give a more natural look and feel as well.

Flexi Dentures: A flexible or Flexi denture is another type of partial denture and many patients consider it as one of the most secure options.

As you visit us for your restorative care, we will give you a detailed treatment plan that would best suit your case.

Find out more about implants and dentures and its many benefits by requesting an appointment at Arden Dental Center. 


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