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Choosing between dentures and implants can be a significant decision for anyone looking to restore their smile. Generally speaking, dentures offer a removable option, while implants provide a fixed solution

In this article we will delve into these two options and analyse the pros and cons in detail.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two main types: complete dentures, which replace all teeth in either the upper or lower arch, and partial dentures, which replace only some missing teeth while preserving any remaining natural teeth.

Can Dentures be Fitted to Receding Gums?

Yes, dentures can be fitted to receding gums. However, receding gums may present challenges in achieving a proper fit, leading to discomfort and reduced functionality. Dentists can adjust dentures to accommodate changes in gum tissue, but frequent adjustments may be necessary as the gums continue to recede. Ideally receding gums need to be addressed prior to denture construction.

How to Clean Dentures

Proper cleaning is essential for maintaining the longevity and hygiene of dentures. Dentures should be brushed daily with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner. It’s important to handle dentures carefully to avoid damage and to soak them in water or a denture solution overnight to keep them moist and prevent them from warping.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

The lifespan of dentures varies depending on factors such as quality, maintenance, and changes in oral health. On average, dentures may last between five to seven years before needing replacement. Regular dental check-ups and adjustments can help prolong their lifespan and ensure optimal functionality.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

Dentures can be made from various materials, including acrylic resin and cobalt chrome metal.

Acrylic resin is commonly used for the base of dentures due to its durability and ability to match the colour of natural gum tissue. 

Cobalt chrome metal is often used for partial denture frameworks because of its strength, durability, and resistance to corrosion, providing a stable and long-lasting foundation for the denture.

Porcelain or ceramic may be used for the artificial teeth due to their natural appearance and strength.

How Much are Dentures?

The cost of dentures varies based on factors such as the type of dentures and materials used. On average, complete dentures can range from £700 to £2000, while partial dentures are generally less expensive. Additional costs may include consultations, adjustments, and maintenance over time.

Dental Implants: The Most Comfortable Solution

Dental implants offer a permanent and comfortable solution for replacing missing teeth. Unlike dentures, implants are anchored directly into the jawbone, providing stability and mimicking the natural function of teeth.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically inserted into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots. Once implanted, they fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration, providing a stable foundation for artificial teeth, such as crowns or bridges.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

The placement of dental implants is performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring zero pain during the procedure and minimal discomfort in the postoperative phase. Some patients may experience mild soreness or discomfort afterward, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication prescribed by the dentist. Any medication needed post implant placement will be provided to you before leaving Dental Excellence.

How Long Does a Dental Implant Take?

The process of getting dental implants can take several months and involves multiple stages, including initial consultation, implant placement surgery, osseointegration (bone integration), and the attachment of artificial teeth. The exact duration varies depending on individual healing and treatment plans.

Immediate loading implantology reduces this time, as the temporary prosthesis is placed on the implants right after implant placement.

How Long Will a Dental Implant Last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. Unlike dentures, which may require replacement every few years, dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution for missing teeth, providing long-term stability and functionality. However it is always recommended to perform checkups and professional teeth cleaning every 6 months and maintain a strict oral hygiene.

How Much Are Dental Implants?

The cost of dental implants varies depending on factors such as the number of implants needed, the type of restoration, and any additional procedures required, such as bone grafting. While dental implants tend to have a higher initial cost compared to dentures, their durability and long-term benefits often make them a worthwhile investment.

Dentures or Implants: pros and cons

Dentures: pros and cons

Pros include affordability, versatility in fitting various dental situations, and easier adjustment for those with receding gums. However, cons involve potential discomfort, reduced biting force compared to implants, and the need for regular maintenance.

Implants: pros and cons

On the other hand, implants offer stability similar to natural teeth, superior chewing ability, and long-lasting durability. However, they require a surgical procedure, which might not be suitable for everyone, and they tend to be more expensive than dentures.

In Conclusion: Are Dentures or Implants Better?

Ultimately, the choice between dentures and implants depends on individual preferences, budget, and oral health needs

Dentures offer an affordable and versatile option, but they may require frequent adjustments and replacements. On the other hand, dental implants provide superior stability, comfort, and longevity, making them the preferred choice for many individuals seeking a permanent solution for missing teeth. 

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