Dentures vs Implants

August 2018

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Dentures vs Implants

Many people have to suffer from loss of teeth due to reasons under or not under their control. Some people may even have genetic issues which may cause no teeth to come up. Having missing teeth can be detrimental, as teeth are an important part of the digestion process and not having them means the food may not be properly broken down. There is also a societal stigma associated with missing teeth. The most popular dental procedures for replacement of missing teeth are dentures and implants. This article would lay down the differences between dentures and implants and help you decide the best procedure for your dental ailment.

Dentures are basically false teeth attached to a base, called mouthpiece. They are attached to the gums using dental adhesive. On the other hand, dental implants are also false teeth but unlike dentures, are attached surgically to one’s jaw. Compared to implants, dentures may seem uncomfortable at first, due to the fact that they are attached over an already existing surface and overlaps the gums, while implants are attached in a manner not too dissimilar to the normal tooth. Unlike dentures, which are used as a replacement for a set of teeth, implants can be used to replace tooth one by one, which makes them more flexible.

Dentures also have a known issue of shifting and causing discomfort while one is eating food or speaking, a problem which is not experienced with dental implants. Although dentures available today have come a long way, they can still cause an increase in the rate of tooth decay of the nearby healthy teeth, while implants, on the other hand, do not cause any such problems. But, unlike dentures, implants need a healthy jaw and gums as they are attached directly to them, which make them unsuitable for many people who have suffered gum disease or have an advanced age.

But in one place where dentures have a big advantage over implants is cost. Dentures are being used in dentistry for decades now, which has made the process as well as the overall raw materials required to be inexpensive. On the other hand, implants are a relatively newer process in dentistry and require complex surgery as well as more expensive raw materials which bumps up its cost significantly. Some insurance plans do not cover the complete cost of dental implants and require you to pay a part of the total cost. But on the other hand, implants can offer a lifelong solution to those having missing teeth, as they are a “fit once stay forever” solution, unlike dentures, which need to be replaced and adjusted from time to time and cause significant irritation and increased risk of infection if not taken care of in a proper manner.

Types of Tongue Colors

The tongue is often, the most overlooked and under-appreciated part of the human body. They help us in speech, help us to taste food and make our lives so much better. For doctors, they are a window to our health, and especially for dentists, as the condition of our tongue speaks volumes about our oral health. We often observe color changes on our tongue and the most common colors seen on the tongue include black, brown, white, red and yellow. We will discuss the causes of such tongue colors and what message does the body wants to convey to us through such color changes.

Black Tongue

A black tongue or a tongue with black patches in the central part of the tongue signifies yeast and other bacteria trapped in it. A black tongue is also a window to the form of diet taken and is usually a good indicator that the person having it is a smoker. In other cases, though, consumption of some food items can also turn the tongue black, as can consumption of some antibiotics. A black tongue can also mean dehydration, so its best to consume water immediately once you see a black tongue.

Brown Tongue

Brown tongue is also caused due to poor hygiene and poor dietary choices. The food debris gets accumulated at the back of the tongue, which causes a brown appearance. In some cases, a brown tongue may also mean that one is suffering from melanoma, which is an early stage of skin cancer. In this case, the patient needs to visit their doctor immediately. A brown tongue is also caused by consumption of some food items, but usually, brown tongue caused by food goes away after some time.

White Tongue

A white tongue can mean a variety of things, with the most common being dehydration, which can be easily solved by having proper amounts of fluid. White tongue can also be caused due to thrush, which is an oral yeast infection caused due to a weak immune system. A white tongue may also mean the person is suffering from leukoplakia, which refers to the excessive growth of cells in the mouth and the tongue and is generally a negative reaction of the mouth to irritants and unwanted substances.

Red Tongue

A bright red tongue can also mean the existence of medical problems. Generally, a tongue goes bright red when the taste buds get swollen due to some underlying factors which majorly include vitamin and mineral deficiencies. A red tongue also means that the person is suffering from scarlet fever and should seek medical help as soon as possible. A red tongue can also signify the existence of Kawasaki disease.

Yellow Tongue

A yellow tongue is also a sign of trapped bacteria on the surface of the tongue, with the difference between black and yellow tongue being the type of bacteria captured. A yellow tongue may also be caused due to dehydration as well as due to smoking.