Dentals and Implants
What is a Denture?
A denture is a set of artificial teeth used in place of missing teeth. Dentures can be classified into two types, complete dentures, and partial dentures. Partial dentures are used when a person has a few of his/her natural teeth still remaining, while complete dentures are used when the person has lost all of his/her teeth. They are removable and offer a temporary solution to the missing teeth.
What are the benefits of Dentures?
- Replace missing teeth.
- Restore the functionality of the mouth, such as chewing, phonetics, etc.
- Restore the contour and shape of one’s lips and cheeks.
- Help sport a confident smile.
During your initial visit to the dentist's office, the dentist takes accurate molds of your teeth, which will be used as a reference to fabricate the dentures. During the follow-up visits, the dentures are checked for perfect fit and comfort.
Dentures can be categorized as conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are made after all the teeth have been removed and the wounds healed. So a person would have to go toothless for about 4 to 6 weeks. But, immediate dentures are immediately available. In this case, the patient wouldn’t have to face the embarrassment of missing teeth.
What is an Implant?
An implant is also a solution to missing teeth, but the major difference being that implants are a permanent solution as opposed to dentures. They are non-removable and much stronger. They are fixed to the jawbone during the procedure.
When are benefits of getting Implants?
- Help replace missing teeth.
- Strong and durable.
- Best possible replacement to natural teeth.
- Do not wear easily.
- Offer great aesthetic properties.
- Restore the functionality of the mouth.
To begin the procedure, dentists typically use local anesthesia to numb the tissues in the mouth. An implant consists of a metal post and a porcelain tooth-like extension. A hole is precisely drilled into the jawbone, where the metal post of the implant would be fixed. The post is a screw-like component and is held firmly in position with the help of adhesives and dental cement. The wound is then allowed to heal for about 4 to 6 weeks, where the gum tissue regrows and covers the metal post. Later, the crown of the implant is attached to the metal post, which makes the implant look like a natural tooth.