Your teeth play an important role in your overall confidence and your health. Unfortunately, no matter how well you take care of your teeth, you can suffer from tooth decay, gum disease and other problems that cause tooth loss. The loss of your teeth can destroy your self-confidence, affect your ability to chew and impair your speech.
Fortunately, there are several options available to replace your missing teeth. Two of the most widely used options are conventional false teeth and implants. While each one helps restore your smile, they’re completely different on all other aspects. Below you’ll find a comparison between the two, where you’ll discover which options the best one for you.
Conventional dentures, also known as false teeth, are a removable replacement for your natural teeth. Most conventional false teeth get made from acrylic resin, metal, and plastic by a dentist or Prosthodontist. A set of false teeth get made to resemble your natural teeth, though some small differences may occur.
The process of obtaining conventional false teeth starts with the removal of any existing natural teeth. After your natural teeth get removed and your gums have healed, your dental office will make your dentures. Typically, the entire process takes anywhere from 8- to 12-weeks. To learn more about the process of making conventional false teeth, watch this informative video by the Dental Clinic.
Retained implants involve having cylinders or screws implanted into your jaw. Over time, these screws or cylinders will fuse together to create a solid base for your artificial teeth. It takes about 6-months for the bonding process, and during this time you’ll wear an alternate set of false teeth.
After the binding process is complete, your implant dentist or Prosthodontist will use attachments and extensions to create a foundation to hold your new teeth. Since this process causing minor irritation to the gums, you will have several weeks to heal before your implants get put in. In the meantime, you’ll continue to wear a temporary set of false teeth to cover your implants.
After your gums have healed, your implant dentist will insert your new set of teeth. If you’ve chosen a fixed set, you cannot remove them in the future without a dentist’s assistance. However, if you choose the removable option, you can remove them using a semi-firm lifting motion. Fore more information on how dental implants work, check out this demonstration video, courtesy of The Cross Timber Dental Association.
Conventional vs Implant
While conventional and implant retained false teeth serve the same purpose, to replace missing teeth, they have distinct differences. These differences not only affect your pocket-book, but they affect your overall quality of life.
While a conventional set of teeth have a lower upfront cost than dental implants, you won’t save as much money as you think. Over time, your gums begin to shrink due to slipping, and you’ll experience bone loss as you age. Once you’ve lost bone or gum mass, conventional false teeth will loosen, causing irritation to the gums. As they loosen, you’ll need to have a dentist replace your current set of false teeth with a tighter fitting set.
Additionally, with conventional false teeth, you may need to have them repaired due to extensive wear. Not to mention the cost of adhesives to keep them in place, and the cost of medication to soothe irritation. When it comes to implants, your protected from both bone and gum loss, there for eliminating maintenance expenses associated with getting a set replaced. There’s no adhesives to buy, and since there’s no slippage, you won’t need medication to soothe irritated gums.
Both conventional false teeth and implants are durable enough to last you an entire lifetime. However, with conventional false teeth, you’ll visit a dental clinic or dental office regularly for adjustments or to replacement a loose-fitting set. Dental implants never loosen or need adjusted, thus saving you time and money.
Quality of life
The biggest differences between conventional false teeth and implants focus on quality of life. While conventional false teeth allow you to chew food and have a more appealing smile, they come with a lot of drawbacks. Some of these drawbacks include:
- Difficulty talking
- Gum irritation
- Embarrassment when a loose set falls out
- Discomfort from ill-fitting sets
In addition, conventional false teeth decreases your ability to taste food because it covers your palate, the bony section on the roof of your mouth. With a decreased ability to taste, you may not enjoy food as much as you’d like. Moreover, when you have conventional false teeth, you have to apply a messy, sticky adhesive to keep them in place. This adhesive is a hassle to apply, and it has an unpleasant taste.
When it comes to implants, all the problems associated with conventional false teeth disappear. In fact, they’re known to improve your quality of life in a variety of ways. Some of the benefits to having implants include:
- Bone and gum loss protection
- More natural looking teeth
- Natural chewing capabilities
- No diminished taste in food
- Easy to maintain
Furthermore, implants help support the natural form of your lips and facial muscles than a conventional set. Plus, implants feel more like natural teeth then a conventional set, and it wont take as long to get used to.
Why Are implant Retained Dentures A Better Choice?
When comparing the two options side-by-side, its clear to see that implants are a better option. Although they require a larger upfront investment and an invasive surgical procedure, they offer a lifetime of benefits. The only true benefit to conventional false teeth is its affordability and its ability to offer teeth to people who cannot get implants.
If you’re ready to begin your journey to a brighter, better smile, or you want to replace your conventional false teeth, contact your local dental office today.