Are you considering the replacement of your missing teeth, but are confused between a variety of options available and wondering which can be the best for you? Then you are at the right spot, as we will, in this article, discuss the two most common tooth replacement options, i.e., Dentures and Implants, and weigh their pros and cons to get a fair idea of both.
Dentures are removable and made from porcelain, acrylic, metal, plastic, or their combination. There are different types of dentures made from a variety of materials:
- Complete dentures: Which replace all your teeth.
- Partial dentures: which replace some of your teeth to fill in the gaps between existing natural teeth.
- Implant-supported dentures: These are sturdier as implants support them underneath the dentures.
- Immediate dentures: These are temporary dentures worn immediately after tooth extraction until permanent ones are made.
- Flexible dentures: They are made from thermoplastics and are thin, bendable, and comfortable.
Dental Implants, on the other hand, are a permanent fixed teeth replacement option for your missing teeth. The different types of dental implants are:
- Single tooth Implant: A single implant for an individual missing tooth.
- Implant bridge: Two implants are used for more than two missing teeth.
- All on 4 implants: Complete fixed or removable dentures can be placed on 4 or 6 implants. This gives stability and prevents further bone loss.
- Endosteal implants: Which are placed inside the jawbone
- Subperiosteal implants: A metal frame is placed on the jaw bone below the gums, instead of placing the implants inside the bone.
Feel free to skip ahead if one topic catches your eye:
- Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
- Pros and Cons of Dentures
- Dentures Vs. Implants: Which one to choose in your condition?
1. Pros and Cons of Dental Implants.
A dental implant is a fixture that is surgically put into your jawbone which fuses to the bone, and a crown is then placed above it, thus acting as the missing tooth.
- Pros of Dental Implants:
- Permanent and longevity: Implants usually last for a lifetime, if one maintains good oral hygiene, and visits dentists regularly.
- Very natural: The implants look and feel like your original natural teeth.
- Ease of care: You need to brush and floss like your natural teeth, making them easy to maintain.
- No diet restrictions: you can eat all foods, even sticky and hard ones.
- Perfect Speech: Dental implants allow natural speech as was before your tooth loss.
- Preservation of jaw bone: Bones and surrounding structures have no risk of further deterioration. Future dental procedures are less likely needed.
Cons of Dental Implants
- Costly: They are expensive compared to dentures.
- Invasive technique: It is a surgical technique with a lengthy healing process.
- Long wait periods: There will be a 4-6 months waiting period after surgery before crowns can be placed onto the implants.
2. Pros and Cons of Dentures.
Dentures also provide numerous benefits for your looks, oral health, and functions.
Pros of dentures:
- Cost-effective method: Dentures are less costly than implants, making them an affordable treatment option.
- Non-invasive procedure: No surgery is required for dentures, so all surgical risks are eliminated.
- Ease of modification: If additional teeth are lost in the future, dentures can be easily modified to accommodate new artificial crowns.
- Can be an option even with weak and unhealthy jawbones and gums: Since dentures rest over your gums, they can be made even if the jaw bone is minimal with not-so-healthy tissue.
- Good option as a start: When teeth are removed recently, people feel easier to start with dentures to get used to artificial teeth, before they go for the expensive implants.
- Serves as an intermediate solution: Since implants have a long wait period, the dentists usually give temporary dentures for that time so that your looks and functions can be maintained.
Cons of dentures
- Fit is not very proper: One of the major drawbacks of dentures is that they may slip while eating or speaking, which can be very embarrassing.
- Not very aesthetic: Dentures do not look as natural as implants.
- Diet restrictions: Some foods have to be avoided for denture wearers like hard nuts, sticky gums, popcorns, caramels, corn on the cob, etc.
- Requires frequent replacement: The teeth wear off, and the fit becomes loose as the underlying jaw bone slowly decreases. It may also fall and break easily. On average, they need to be replaced every 3-6 years.
- Thorough cleaning is required: you need to remove your dentures and clean with specialized tablets each night, which can be troublesome and expensive in the long run.
- It May be harmful to the adjacent structures: Partial dentures weaken the adjacent surrounding teeth that support them.
- Increased risk of gum disease: This may be due to food particles trapped by the dentures.
- Prove to be expensive in the long run: Due to maintenance and replacement costs, it tends to be costlier in the long run.
3. Dentures Vs. Implants: Which one to choose in your condition?
Many considerations need to be kept in mind for knowing which can be good for you like:
- Your jaw bone health.
- The number of teeth to be replaced.
- Cost of treatment.
- Your oral habits.
- Your own preferences etc.
Your dentist is the best person who can help and guide you to decide on the best option for you. But you may keep in mind that you can always start with dentures and gradually move on to implants if your dentist feels right for you, as dental implants are considered the standard of care for teeth replacement because of their longevity and convenience. Talk to your dentist, and together you can figure out the best for you.
1. What is the cost of dentures and implants in Delhi NCR?
Implants are definitely costlier than dentures initially, but in the long run, they may not seem expensive in the long run. On average, the cost of:
Single Implant is INR 15,000- INR 45000.
Full mouth denture is INR:17000-INR 23000
2. How do dentures and implant-supported dentures differ?
Dentures are directly put on your jaw bone, and they are always removable, while implant-supported dentures will have 4 or 6 implants placed into your jaw bone and dentures then placed on them. This provides more stability, better fit, and no risk of further bone loss. These can be removable as well as fixed.
3. Which can be better, dentures or implants, if I have a thin jaw bone?
Implants usually require sufficient bone for them to be placed onto the jaw. Therefore for a thin jaw bone, dentures may be a better option. Your dentist will assess and guide you on which can be the best option for you.
At Orion Orthodontic and Dental Care Center, you will receive the best dental and oral care solutions from an expert panel of well-experienced dentists in Delhi NCR. You will experience a comfortable, compassionate, safe environment while using the latest and modern technology to provide you with the best treatment outcomes at the most affordable cost.