Dentures vs Dental Implants – A Direct Comparison
In the good old days when a person suffered missing teeth then there was really only one form of treatment and that was dentures. The truth is that dentures have been around in some form or another for hundreds of years and no doubt they’ve helped many people in the past. However, more and more people are ‘ditching the denture’ in favour of the dental implant. In Richmond for example, here at Sheen Dental we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of dental implant patients. With this in mind, we thought that we’d do a direct comparison between the two.
In the short term, dentures are certainly cheaper (in some cases as much as 3-5 times) and this is often the stumbling block that puts some people off undergoing dental implant treatment. However what people should really be looking at is the long-term costs. Once fitted and if looked after, dental implants have already been proven to last forty years or more. Whereas although dentures initially cost less, wearers will have the continual add on costs of replacement dentures (normally every 5-10 years), plus the ongoing costs of fixatives and cleaning/sterilising agents. With dental implants it really is a one off cost. You pay at the beginning and that’s it!
Surgery vs non-surgery
There’s no getting away from the convenience of dentures. You can be measured up, impressions taken and brand new dentures fitted within a matter of a few days. What’s more, it’s a painless procedure that requires no surgery. On the flip side, if you decide to undergo treatment for dental implants in Richmond or indeed anywhere else in the world, it will entail some element of surgery. In addition as there are separate stages which a patient has to go through to fit dental implants and as a result the procedure can take between 3-9 months to complete (although most of this is spent in recovery time). Because of the length of the process and the fact that it entails dental surgery it’s understandable that it might put people off. That said, modern-day equipment and techniques mean that patients should experience pain-free surgery. What’s more, they can often be back to normal in a matter of days.
In truth because dental implants are secured directly into the jaw, they are about as permanent a form of tooth replacement that modern dentistry allows. Once fitted, there’s no removing them at night and they stay in place, just like your normal teeth. Standard dentures on the other hand sit onto the gum line and often need dental adhesive to keep them in place. They do however need to be removed at night and need careful cleaning and sterilizing. The other thing to mention is that once a tooth or teeth are missing, it kick starts a chain of events, one of which is bone loss. Over time the bone that once supported the missing teeth starts to waste away and will eventually alter the shape of the jaw. This is why once ‘snug fitting’ dentures become loose and have to be regularly adjusted. Conversely, because dental implants in Richmond are placed directly into the jaw bone using a titanium implant, it incurs a process known as osseointegration. This is a natural phenomenon where bone tissue merges and fuses with the implant to create one solid platform. As a result bone loss is completely halted, and your facial shape is retained.
So you now know more about your choices all you have to decide upon is which one is right for you! If you need more information on dental implants and how they work, then why not book a free, no-obligation consultation with Sheen Dental. You can either call us on 020 8876 5277 or book through our website at www.sheendental.co.uk.