Dental implants or dentures…which would you prefer?

While suffering from dental issues, most of us are in a dilemma as to which procedure to undergo. In the first place one needs to have a notion about the basic differences between these two procedures.

Both Dental implants and Dentures are the two main options available to people who are facing the issue of a missing tooth. Research suggests that a large chunk of middle aged and old aged people are vexed with this problem. The cause might be an accident, tooth decay, gum disease or simply old age.

As far as their primary difference is concerned, dental implants are more permanent in nature while dentures are not. The former is a technique through which the replacement tooth is surgically implanted into the jawbone. The latter on the other hand, is merely false teeth which require to be secured with a good adhesive. If not, they bear chances of falling out while speaking or eating!

From the discussion so far, it is presumably clear to our readers that be it 5 years or 7, your dentures would need to be redone. But in case of the other technique in question, they are known to last for even 20 years or more. Titanium is used in case of making dental implants. This makes them stronger as compared to dentures which are actually made up of porcelain. Thus, it is almost impossible for the implants to break off. Therefore, due to their durable and resilient nature, they are not needed to be replaced at the interval of few years, quite unlike dentures.

So that could be well considered as more or less a permanent solution. Can’t it?  So, why do people go for dentures at all?

  1. If your jaws are weak and gums are incapable of withstanding a surgical intervention, you do not have a choice but go for dentures. Implants are ideal for a healthy dental state of the individual.
  2. Initially, dentures are more cost effective. Dental implants cut deeper through your pocket!

Having said that, a deeper comparison would actually reveal that implants are more cost-effective! Here’s how…

  • Dentures need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years on an average. The average life span of implants is a whooping 20 to 25 years (that’s the time period between which you might need to go for dentures twice or even thrice!)
  • There are some hidden, or you might say, added costs to opting for dentures. Adhesives and creams, cleaning solutions and replacement costs, if considered, would make dentures a bad choice
  • It kills time as it needs to be removed regularly for cleaning and also restricts your chewing capacity! (Remember, time is money!)

In a nutshell, despite dental implants being costlier and the functions of both dentures and implants being same, the former is preferred to the latter by most beneficiaries today. In this fast moving world, long term benefits score much over short term ones even though it calls for some extra expenses to be incurred.

Step by step procedures of Root Canal

If your tooth has severe damage, it becomes necessary to undergo the procedures of root canal treatment. However, that suggestion is to be made by a dentist after examining the teeth. The dentist will take an X-ray of your teeth so that he can find out the level of damage. If root canal treatment is suggested to you perhaps, you will want to know the procedures that are involved during the treatment. Below, it is given a systematic process of root canal treatment.

Examining the infection

root canal process examining the infection

The dentist will begin by assessment of the affected teeth or tooth cautiously. The dentists will prefer to use this treatment when no other procedure is capable of treating the damages in your tooth/teeth. The damage of the root will cause inflammation or infection of the tooth. The root to be affected, the infection/damages will be quite deep.

Accessing the root

root canal process accessing the root

After being convinced, your tooth must undergo this treatment process, the dentist will find a way of accessing the root of the tooth. First, the dentist will begin by numbing the tooth. This is because the root canal process is painful when it is not done under anesthesia. Getting your tooth numb, the dentist will drill a route so that he/she will be able to get to the root.

Removal of infected areas/parts of the tissue

After drilling a hole into the tooth is done, the cleaning process will start. The dentist will use special equipment to clean out the infected parts out of the root canal. After completing the cleaning process, the canals are shaped again. For effective cleaning and removal of spoilage, irrigation is used. This is done to prepare for the refilling process.

Canal Fillings

root canal process canal fillings

After your canals are clean and empty of spoilage, next comes the filling procedure. The filling process is necessary to support the tooth. It prevents further infection of the tooth. A material is used to fill the tooth by the dentist. The material commonly used for filling your tooth is called gutta-percha.

Tooth Rebuilding

root canal process tooth rebuilding

When the dentist has complete filling your tooth with the gutta-percha, he will seal it with a temporary material. A temporary material is used because your tooth is supposed to be covered by a crown. When a suitable crown is found for your tooth, the temporary filling material will be removed. The crown looks exactly like the covering of your tooth. Positioned on the top of the tooth.

Providing extra support

If your tooth had encountered serious damage, it might need support. When extra support is needed, the dentist will reinforce your tooth with a post on the gutta-percha. The post on the gutta-percha will give the crown more support and it will be able to be positioned properly. However, it is advisable that you know the decision of the dentist about adding extra support to your crown.