Although it seems a bit strange, there are thousands of patients who are still unclear what are the differences between these two solutions offered by dentistry to fix edentulism in patients, because they do not know about the procedures and therefore do not know what benefits a or the other.
That is why in this content we will talk about what are dental implants and prosthetics so you can solve small or large doubts you have had regarding these two terms and which at your discretion is the best option for you (even if you have present that this decision should be made with the advice of your dentist).
For starters, dental prostheses are complete structures that adhere to the gum to restore the functionality of the mouth in a patient who has lost some or all of his teeth, allowing him to perform again such basic activities as eating, talking, smiling and even sleeping, since edentulism (lack of teeth) causes a real discomfort at the time of sleep.
These prostheses are usually made from materials such as porcelain or ceramic and look approximately the same as a natural gum and a tooth, because you would have to get too close to the other person to notice that what they have inside their mouth is a prosthesis and not your real teeth.
For its placement you can choose a fixed piece, which is fixedly attached to the gum space with a special medical glue that makes the piece does not move, giving the patient the best comfort to eat freely and resume their normal activities, without thinking of any problem. On the other hand, there are also removable prostheses, which are those from which the patient has the option to withdraw them at the time he deems necessary.
Some patients do not know which of the two should choose, because there are many cases in which with a fixed prosthesis the patient has discomfort to sleep, it can be, because of the hardness of the material with which they are manufactured or because the piece was not well made but there are also many who do not recommend the use of removable prostheses due to the constant feeling that the piece is going to leave its place, something that is very common to happen and they fear that this happens to them precisely in a very untimely situation, what makes them white with teasing and going through an uncomfortable moment.
These options are very popular in dental centers or clinics because they are a cheaper option compared to other solutions, like everything else, they have the advantages of being able to return the functionality in a simple way to the patient so that he can do his activities without problems, feeling as comfortable as possible; but in turn also has disadvantages that must be considered when making the choice between a fixed or removable, or even among other options.
The dental implants, meanwhile, have the same goal of returning functionality to the oral cavity so that the processes of swallowing and others can be performed normally, but have some differences worth mentioning. To begin physically they are very different elements, because while the prosthesis covers the mouth completely or partially, the implants are small pieces that are surgically placed inside the bone and fixed there.
These pieces are manufactured in materials such as aluminum or very resistant mental, which can ensure a complete fixation of the crown (which is the white aesthetic part that resembles the natural tooth) to the rest of the structure, so that it remains completely immobile and can not fall easily.
In addition, the placement process is also very different, as long as the prostheses are fixed with special medical glue, they remain an external piece, unlike dental implants that are placed surgically in a process that can take approximately 2 hours the first Once and a little more 4 the second, so that they are inserted inside the bone and gums in order to replace the missing piece. It is important that the patient knows that within the complications it can happen that his body rejects the piece, so it is necessary to remove it and place a new one. Usually the second placement has no complications.
Once it is seen that the implant is not rejected, we proceed with the placement of the rest. It is worth mentioning that it is very unlikely that patients will approach asking for implant placement in their entire mouth, because this technique is used more to replace parts and not the entire denture, for which the use of prostheses is more common. However, implantology has much more significant advantages than the use of complete structures, because they look much more natural and when you finish recovering the tissue feels like a natural tooth.
Now that you know some particularities and differences between both procedures, it is clear that dental implants turn out to be a better solution for your edentulism problem, helping you to eat, talk and smile normally. If this is the case, we invite you to come to our Vital Clinic and start your procedure with us, we can assure you the best results at the hands of expert professionals who will watch all the time for your oral health and for contributing positively to your quality of life. lifetime.