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Partial Dentures Vs. Implants

Dentures and implants are amongst the most popular options for replacing missing teeth. Read on to gain more information about these options, and which one is more suitable for you.
Ashwini Kulkarni Sule Mar 5, 2019
The increase in the average lifespan of people has resulted in the need for different dental replacement options. Human teeth cease to work to their full capacity during old age. During such circumstances, it has become necessary to seek a tooth replacement treatment.
Besides this, injuries to the face and dental diseases also lead to a loss of teeth. Amongst the replacement options available, dental implants, full dentures, partial dentures, etc., are some of the popular ones.


Those of you who use dentures must be familiar with the myriad problems associated from using full dentures. These are a complete set of teeth for the lower and upper jaw. The lower denture doesn't fit properly in the mouth, and tends to slip or fall off. While the upper denture doesn't slip off easily, it causes a lot of discomfort, as it covers the palate.
This also makes it difficult to eat food properly, and interferes with your ability to taste the food. Besides this, sores and pain are some common problems associated with the use of full dentures.
Partial dentures are not a complete set of teeth. Instead, they only replace a few missing teeth. This variety of dentures can also consist of two or more artificial teeth. They anchor to the teeth on the either side of missing ones. Thus, you must have healthy and strong teeth on both sides of the gap.
Dental implants on the other hand are of a more permanent nature. An implant is basically an artificial tooth with a screw-like metal anchor, which is driven into the bone of jaw. Over time, the bone and the metal anchor fuse together.


Partial dentures are fitted to adjoining teeth with a metal clasp. This makes it easier to fit and remove them. However, you do have to remove and place them again while performing certain activities. Partial dentures are more convenient than full ones, which are not only messy, but also lead to many awkward situations.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. As a result, you need not have to worry about getting them on and off your mouth. Once you fit the implants, you are virtually relieved of any inconvenience or discomfort for the next 10 to 15 years.


Almost every artificial tooth replacement method has its own set of pros and cons. Partial dentures and dental implants also involve some risks and drawbacks.
One of the biggest disadvantages of partial dentures is that they require two healthy teeth on either side. This may seem like a tough requirement for old people, who usually do not have strong enough teeth that can support the dentures.
Even in people who have good teeth for providing anchorage, the pressure that is put on the teeth by dentures can weaken them. Rotting of these teeth has also been observed in some people.
Dental implants present an altogether different set of drawbacks. Firstly, not everyone is a candidate for these implants, as they do not suit everyone. Infections may also result from the related procedure. Mini dental implants can be sought as another option for such people.
Your dentist can assess the condition of your teeth, and suggest you an appropriate option. Make sure you do not only consider the cost parameter while choosing a particular treatment method.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this write-up is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.