ALL ON FOUR – IMPLANTS VS DENTURES
Consider Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
Dental Implants vs Dentures
Are Fabricated from Titanium and Titanium Alloys
Titanium was mistakenly discovered to be a very beneficial material and well tolerated by the human body in the 1950s. Because titanium is biocompatible with the body tissues, it allows the implant to fuse with the jawbone. There is no evidence in the literature of allergic reactions to titanium.
Made of Acrylic and Cast Metals
Dentures are made from materials such as acrylic, cast metal, and flexible plastic. Acrylic can become porous making it more difficult to clean and subsequently harbouring more bacteria. Some patients may develop soft tissue reactions to cast metals such as cobalt chrome. Bacterial and fungal infections are common in patients who wear dentures.
A dental implant fixture base mimics the root of a tooth within the jawbone and gum. This allows the dental implant to fit more naturally and securely, functioning similarly to a natural teeth.
Dentures that replace all of your missing teeth are supported only by the soft tissues. As the soft tissues are inherently mobile, the dentures will move when eating and speaking and can often make clicking noises. Lower dentures are significantly more problematic than upper dentures as they are more mobile. Natural chewing ability is also impaired, which can impact nutrition. The functionality of a denture is highly associated with a patient’s own level of tolerance and adaptability. The ability of the body and mind to adapt and tolerate a removable prosthesis declines with increasing age. Medical issues and medications also have a profound influence on the success of a removable prosthesis.
Replace Any Number of Teeth
Implants can replace one, few, or many missing teeth. Treatments are tailored to patients’ needs.
Replace Many or All Teeth
Dentures are generally used to replace multiple or all teeth in the arch. Often they are used as temporary prostheses during dental implant treatment.
Long Term Success
Like your natural teeth, good oral hygiene ensures longevity and success of treatment. Systemic and medical issues such as smoking can increase the risk of dental implant complications and reduce their longevity.
Dentures may need to be refitted or replaced as a result of age and deterioration of the gums and jawbone. Partial dentures which replace one or multiple teeth can lead to an increased risk of further tooth breakdown.
Dental implants stimulate the jawbone like natural teeth, preserving the jawbone and preventing deterioration.
Contribute to Bone Loss
Because dentures only rest on the gums, the jawbone does not receive the necessary stimulation and will resorb with time. Long term denture use can often increase the complexity of future dental implant placement.