Dental implant-based dentures vs. traditional prostheses

Dental implant-based dentures vs. traditional prostheses

There are major differences between dental implant-based dentures and traditional prostheses

Practical chewing ability is essential for proper digestion and requires good teeth. Not to mention, your smile is almost as important. As we all know, the health of a tooth is vulnerable; even a single missing tooth can affect your appearance and confidence, hindering your emotional level as well. So, no question, you have to have replaced your missing teeth. There are two different ways, either traditional prostheses or dental implant-based dentures. Two of the dental implants have spread in Hungary. One is the conventional two-phase implant, and the other is the immediate loading one-phase implant. This writing will help you decide which one is better for you.

Every field of medicine requires a diagnosis of the patient’s condition; similarly, treatment in dental implantation begins after a proper diagnosis. Before anything happens, it is essential to thoroughly examine the oral cavity, including the jaw bone, by CT record and panoramic X-ray.

Let us clarify that this article is about oral rehabilitation, i.e., a case where no tooth in the mouth is suitable for prosthetic treatment and a complete set of teeth is required. One of the most significant differences between a prosthesis made using the traditional method and an implant-based denture is fixation. The dentures made using the conventional method rest on the gums and can be glued and removed by the patient. Implant-based dentures are fixed on the implants and not removable by the patient, i.e., they are not removable dentures.

In the introduction, we already mentioned the two dental implants, but not yet that there is a rather significant difference between the two implant families. As their names suggest, the traditional two-phase implant is implanted in two phases, while the one-phase implant is implanted in one step. The two-phase implant is only implantable in the tooth bone; the one-phase can also be implanted in the jawbone. In addition, there are other differences between the two dental implants.

Let’s talk about the most significant differences between dental implant-based dentures and traditional prostheses by comparing their properties.

Aesthetics – In terms of aesthetics, an implant-based denture looks and feels like your own healthy teeth and thus offers distinguished aesthetics compared to traditional prostheses.

Durability – A dental implant is made from high-quality and unique titanium alloys, potent, stable, and highly durable. After a proper implantation process, a dental implant-supported denture remains functional for a lifetime. On the other hand, traditional prostheses have a shorter lifespan as they make them from less durable materials, and their attachment to the gums is far from perfect.

Impact on adjacent teeth – Effect on adjacent teeth in the case of a bridge – In the case of a dental implant-based bridge, no adjacent healthy teeth need to sacrifice for the new bridge to hold the prosthesis. In contrast, a traditional bridge must use the neighboring teeth for fixation.

Function – Traditional prostheses are sliding and thus can make chewing and speaking difficult. On the other hand, an implantation-based denture is fixed or comes with a secure fit and does not slip or slide in the mouth. As they firmly support the false teeth, they sufficiently restore dental function in speech and chewing efficiency.

CostDental implant-based dentures vary based on your gums and jaw bone condition. They are significantly costlier than traditional prostheses. Generally speaking, the implant-based denture may require additional surgical techniques like bone grafting to ensure enough bone for the implant to be stable. An exception to the latter is immediate loading implants that are even usable in case of significant bone deficiency!

Consequence or oral hygiene – In traditional prostheses, supporting natural teeth on both sides must be trimmed slightly to create room for the prosthesis. Consequently, a healthy tooth structure must hold in place the denture. That is not the case with dentures fixed on dental implant-based dentures. Therefore, they preserve the adjacent teeth and underlying jaw bones.

As we learned from the above article, there is a significant difference between dental implant-based dentures and traditional prostheses in many ways. In the long term, the success rate of dental implants is much higher than that of conventional prostheses. This knowledge can be helpful for those who have to choose between the two solutions.

In our Articles section, you can find more information about dentures, implants, and implantation methods. If you have an opinion about this article, let us know in the comment section below. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us.
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