Implant Dentures Vs Traditional Dentures: Is it better to get Implants or Dentures?Munil Koppanati
When a tooth goes bad, you have options to get it replaced. But when many teeth go bad, from disease or cavities or through the process of aging, more extreme measures need to be taken to restore the mouth’s capabilities. It’s impractical to have every individual tooth replaced through implants. The next logical step in replacing an entire mouth of teeth is to adapt to dentures.
Are implants and dentures the same? Dental implants are implanted into the jaw or gum so that they serve as an anchor for dental crowns. This is a long-term solution to tooth loss, as implants won’t move or slip. While dentures are false teeth, made synthetically out of durable acrylic, and easier to fix or replace with minimal risk of wearing down. Newer models are always being developed, but the industry standard remains to give the appearance of a healthy smile and strong teeth after the natural ones are all gone. If you’re exploring the options, know that there are two main kinds available, traditional and implanted dentures.
These are the kind of dentures people think of when the name comes to mind. False teeth which fit into the mouth and float on the gums, often applied with a special kind of glue to hold them to the roof of the mouth and the surface of the bottom gums. These dentures are easy to remove and clean.
However, there are issues with dentures beyond their function. The teeth they are replacing go through the gum into the jaw bone, which requires the stimulation from the connections where teeth rest to prevent decay. After some time, the jaw will degrade and the mouth may experience “sinking”. They also move when talking or eating just slightly, which can lead to friction sores and general discomfort. It’s better than no teeth, but the issues it causes don’t solve the underlying problem.
This option has been much more modernized and streamlined in the dental industry. It requires an initial surgery to implant titanium screws as a base that lead down into the jawbone, which provides a steady anchor and gives stimulation to the bone to prevent decay. After that, the dentures are fixed onto the top parts of the crew. The dentures are functionally the same, but the increased stability prevents them from moving around, providing for a much smoother experience overall. They can come as removable for ease of cleaning, or permanent fixtures that completely replace the lost teeth in form and function.
Don’t take implanted dentures as a perfect solution, however. The surgery required to install them is quite invasive. It’s a perfectly safe procedure, but may result in some discomfort initially once the healing is done. It is also expensive and not always covered by standard dental insurances. Traditional dentures are far more affordable, and though they are expected to degrade, that just makes them easier to replace over time.
Overall, implant dentures are a new way of solving an old problem, but the older solution will still be available for use by those without the resources to undergo such a procedure. But if you want teeth that feel like the real thing, like nothing at all is missing from your mouth, implant dentures are the ones to get.