Implant or denture? Let’s search for the best method of filling gaps left by missing teeth.

Until we lose one of our permanent teeth, we don't realise how much dentition affects our daily comfort, well-being and health. The lack of teeth quickly ceases to be only an aesthetic problem. It turns into a series of other complaints - problems with eating, maintaining proper oral hygiene, occlusion, temporomandibular joints, headaches or jaw pain. There's only one solution: to fill the gap left by lost teeth with something. However, there are several options, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Therefore, if you search for information regarding: 1. Bridges and removable prostheses (dentures); 2. Alternative solutions - dental implants; 3. Why is it worth to bet on dental implants? 4. A new technique in implantology: All-on 4/6; 5. The procedure and its advantages; 6. Does inserting implants cause discomfort?

Then you're welcome to read!

Bridge or denture? Find out the advantages and disadvantages of both solutions

A traditional mobile (removable) denture is undoubtedly the cheapest option for those who lost their natural dentition. The cheapest one, but unfortunately not an ideal one. Patients usually complain about many problems associated with its use, ranging from improper adjustment through difficulties with maintaining proper oral hygiene to mental discomfort caused by the fear that the denture will move or fall out.

In response to these numerous inconveniences, a fixed denture has been developed, the so-called prosthetic bridge. It improves chewing and eliminates concerns connected with the displacement of the denture. However, it also has many disadvantages. Most of all, it's a solution only for people who lost up to three teeth (if they're located next to each other). Moreover, it requires irreversible interference with healthy teeth (reshaping those that will support the bridge).

Currently, even the latest type of denture cannot perfectly replace missing teeth and the comfort that has gone with them. For that reason, patients are more and more often considering alternative methods of restoring their dentition, and thus their attention is focused on implants. Will these prove to be a worthy replacement for our natural teeth?

What are dental implants exactly?

Dental implants enable patients to get back to completely natural functioning and forget about inconveniences connected with teeth loss. And although at Warsaw Dental Academy we always aim to treat and preserve one's own teeth, an implant is the best solution in a situation when a tooth has to be extracted.

Although, in fact, an implant is a little screw inserted into the bone of the mandible or jaw in the place of a gap, in practice, it's a solution enabling one to speak, smile and chew with no concerns that accompany the users of dentures. Prosthetic restorations, such as crowns, bridges and dentures, are fixed on the implants. Everything is stable and resembles natural dentition. Moreover, it doesn't require any complicated hygienic procedures. One looks after implants in the same way as after one's own teeth, so toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss suffice.

In conclusion, an implant isn't a false tooth but rather its root - at least this is the role it should play, preventing bone atrophy and teeth displacement. However, an appropriately selected prosthetic restoration is fixed on the implant, which is what we call false teeth.

Find out the advantages of dental implants

Most of all, implants prevent negative changes in the oral cavity while at the same time being a stable base for restorations in the form of crowns or dentures. They are invisible even in the widest smile. They provide complete chewing comfort, and once inserted, they often serve patients throughout life. A correctly performed treatment enables one to forget about missing teeth and function as with permanent teeth.

Why, then, does not everyone opt for implants? One obstacle may be the procedure's cost, which is higher than with a traditional denture or bridge. However, let's bear in mind that the investment frequently pays for itself, considering that dentures usually serve only a few years. There are also few contraindications, resulting in an impossible insertion of implants, such as advanced periodontitis, brittle diabetes or neoplastic disease. Before opting for implants, each patient should consult with a specialist and discuss their case individually.

Dental implantation may be difficult or impossible in patients who suffered bone atrophy within the jaw or mandible, resulting from the loss of dentition. In practice, this means that if we lose teeth and, for example, replace them with a removable denture for a long time, our bones will begin to atrophy. This is because the bone loses its natural load in the form of a tooth and no longer feels the force that is normally applied to it during chewing.

As a result, the atrophy can be so severe that the insertion of implants will be highly problematic. What then?

All-on 4/6 technique. A beautiful smile in one day

As we mentioned, dental implants are the most comfortable solution for people who have lost a tooth. Unfortunately, in the case of patients with major gaps in dentition or with toothlessness, it may turn out that the placement of classical implants is impossible without prior bone reconstruction (bone augmentation). This step prolongs the implantation process, due to which patients often prefer to choose a simple acrylic denture, even though this one cannot provide full comfort of chewing and everyday life.

Fortunately, implantology keeps developing and new solutions keep appearing on the market. One of them is the All-on-4/6 method, which allows implants to be placed even in patients who have previously been told that their case does not qualify for this type of treatment. As a result, almost everyone can go from having no teeth to a beautiful and healthy smile in just one day. How is that possible?

What is an All-on 4/6 procedure, and what are its benefits?

The All-on 4/6 method makes it possible to restore all teeth by placing only 4 or 6 implants in each arch - their number depends on the condition of the patient's bones. They support a fixed bridge, covering the entire dental arch. However, the most innovative element of the All-on 4/6 technique is the way the implants are placed at a correct angle. It is due to the tilting of distal implants that the patient can avoid a complicated procedure of bone grafting.

From the patient's point of view, one of the best news for people interested in this method is the fact that the prosthesis is placed over the implants already during the procedure. It means that the patient actually leaves the clinic with a brand new smile. Of course, these first teeth are just temporary, placed for the treatment period, but they allow you to function normally, and after 2-3 months they are replaced with a permanent set. One could say, that the All-on 4/6 method includes 3 steps: consultation, procedure connected with temporary dentition and, finally, replacement of the denture with a permanent bridge.

Benefits of an All-on 4/6 treatment:

• No need for bone grafting; • Short treatment time; • Speedy recovery; • The feeling of having natural teeth; • Full comfort of eating and chewing; • Instant restoration of a full dental arch and a beautiful smile as soon as the treatment is finished!

Please note that although no implant placement is cheap, in the case of major gaps in dentition or toothlessness, the All-on 4/6 method is definitely a more economical solution than the traditional approach.

Lastly, let's discuss your concerns

We are aware that each procedure is accompanied by certain doubts. At this point, let us honestly answer the question: is the placement of implants connected with any discomfort?

Fortunately, we have good news for anyone who is holding back from having the procedure because of possible pain. Implant placement always takes place under local anaesthetic, so there is no question of any unpleasantness!

Implantation - why at Warsaw Dental Academy?

We know how many patients dread a visit to a dental practice. Over the years, we made every effort to fight against dentophobia and create a friendly place, one full of empathy and an individual approach to the client. Our patients return to us without any fear, knowing that their smiles are in good hands here!

• We have a team with experience who wants to constantly develop and keep up to date on the latest news in dentistry; • We understand our patient's needs. We want all of our actions to bring a smile on your face as well as satisfaction; • We work with the best equipment, investing not only in knowledge but also in medical devices; • In implantology, we usually use Straumann dental implants, which have the highest durability among all tested models. However, we are open to other solutions. In the end, we choose the best system on the basis of a consultation with the patient.

Have we convinced you that dental implants are the best solution? Do not wait any longer, make an appointment