Two of our most popular cosmetic treatments are implants and dentures.
Both treatments can achieve a fantastic result that restores your confident smile, but this is dependent on what’s best for you.
“We will offer a solution that can achieve the perfect smile that you can be confident with.”Dr David Bloom
Find the best option for you:
At a glance
For some people, implants are a better fit for treatment. However, for others, dentures would be the more suitable alternative.
Both treatments are excellent in their respect. The success and longevity of any treatment depend on the appropriateness of each treatment to the individual case.
They each become the proper treatment in the appropriate circumstances.
You can also choose to have dentures supported by implants. So you have implants placed in the jaw and a removable denture that fits securely on top.
The best way of choosing between dentures and implants is to look at the advantages of each treatment and see which you would prefer.
The choice of treatment depends on:
The amount and quality of the bone levels in the jawbone.
Bone density would be a deciding factor as to whether implants would be correct for you instead of dentures.
In most instances, there is good bone support which reduces the complexity of the treatment.
However, in situations where you don’t have enough bone, dentures may be your only alternative, or you may need to consider an advanced treatment like bone grafting.
The number of missing teeth
If you have only a few teeth missing, then implants can provide a good option.
Many people find partial dentures challenging to cope with or don’t like the metal clasps used to retain the denture in the mouth.
You have two options:
- A fixed option (one where you don’t take your teeth out)
- A removable option (like a denture that you put in to eat and take out to clean)
If you don’t like the feeling of having mobile dentures in your mouth, then you may opt to choose implants.
On the other hand, a fixed option allows you to eat confidently and consume foods you previously could not.
Implants involve surgical treatment and are an invasive procedure.
Some people may not like this type of treatment and prefer a more straightforward option.
The level of infection in your mouth
Your susceptibility to it also plays an important consideration for which treatment would be more appropriate for you.
Your clinical examination will highlight this point for us.
There are various solutions for replacing missing teeth
At the Perfect Smile Studios, we offer a free consultation with our CQC registered practice, who can provide you with an assessment and treatment based on you.
“We will offer a solution that can achieve the perfect smile that you can be confident with.”
We’re proud to use the latest, cutting-edge technology for our cosmetic treatments.
This technology enables us to get an extensive, detailed image and report of your gum and jaw structure.
Our technology can help us make an informed decision when suggesting if a dental implant or denture is right for you.
We can organise a consultation for you to discuss the best way forward for you.
This appointment is complimentary and forms a good starting point to discuss the variety of options and choices available to you.
- We can help establish monthly payment plans.
- We provide 0% finance for up to 24-month term plans. Many patients find our payment plan option very useful.
- Terms over 24 months will be low-interest bearing.
- If you want to consider this option, we will need to carry out a few credit checks.
- We can discuss payment plans at both the Hertfordshire & the London clinic
At The Perfect Smile, we understand that patients may be naturally nervous when thinking of undergoing dental implant surgery.
We want to reassure you that the dental implant treatment is not painful due to the proper use of local anaesthetics to numb the bone and gum deeply.
We can also use sedation techniques that also contribute to no pain or discomfort. More.
Single Dental Implant Timeline
- Step 1: We will start the process with a highly detailed and thorough comprehensive examination and assessment. We will then construct a customised treatment plan and design your implant treatment.
- Step 2: An implantologist surgically places your new implant(s) in your mouth.
- Step 3: We will assess your healing on this review appointment and make sure everything is going as planned.
- Step 4: The dentist records and impressions to construct the implant’s top part (post and crown).
- Step 5: The dentist will fit the final part of the implant (post and crown).
- Step 6: Your final appointment allows you to have any further refining cosmetic enhancements or minor adjustments.
- When you lose a tooth, the surrounding bone that holds the tooth in place will diminish in height, width, and volume. This may affect the immediate and final appearance of the gum tissue in this area and possibly the surrounding teeth.
- The larger the width of bone or the height of the bone, the wider and longer implant can be. A wider and longer implant increases implant stability and thus success. We assess the bone height and width by taking digital radiographs or by taking a CT Scan. More.
The price of a dental implant can depend on whether any further treatments are needed to make sure your implant is a success.
Our inclusive single dental implant treatment costs £2995 and includes the abutment and crown. More.
Once the implant has fused with your jawbone and tissues, the artificial titanium implant acts as an ordinary root. The longevity of your implant depends on how you improve and maintain your oral health. Read more.
There isn’t an age limit for dental implants. However, our dentists recommend that if you have to be over 18 for the dental implant procedure. Read on.
A dental implant offers a wealth of oral health benefits. Not only can an implant improve your smile, but it can also realign neighbouring teeth, protect your mouth from gum disease etc. Read the benefits.
Dentures or “false teeth” are prosthetics that are made from acrylic, plastic, metal or nylon.
Designed to fit nicely over your gums, they are a tried and tested, traditional way of replacing missing teeth.
It goes without saying, that over the last few years, the denture procedure has advanced to be more effective and appealing.
However, an alternative many patients are beginning to turn to is implant dentistry, which offers fixed, permanent tooth replacement.
Whilst implants offer far more superior durability and support to your oral health foundation, many turn to dentures due to their affordability.
Take a look at your options below to find the best tooth replacement solution for your oral health condition today…
Discover the best dentures on the market
There are two different types of dentures:
- Full dentures (used in circumstances where a patient is missing all of their teeth)
- Partial dentures (used when patients are only missing some teeth)
Here at The Perfect Smile, we craft our cosmetic dentures as carefully as we would create a new smile with veneers or implants.
How do dentures work?
- The empty tooth socket starts to fill with bone, then when the gum tissue heals, the shape changes.
- Over a period of a few months, whilst we wait for the gums and bones to reach a nice stable shape, a conventional full denture will be able to be made.
- This can take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks once the teeth have been lost from the mouth.
- However, patients are often provided with an immediate denture, which will not fit the gum tissue as closely as your final conventional denture.
Choosing between the two main types of denture material:
- Acrylic (or plastic) dentures
- Cobalt-Chromium (or metal-based) dentures are advised when at least some teeth are present
However, if you need to replace multiple missing teeth and want to explore alternative options to the all-on-four method, overdentures might be a good solution.
What are overdentures?
Overdentures are removable and fit over the top of support anchors like dental implants, which secure the dentures.
They are an affordable solution, which can upgrade the appearance of your teeth without having to worry about your dentures slipping or moving.
With overdentures, you will be able to enjoy your favourite foods again as normal – this is because they are strong and sturdy.
Also, if you’ve been struggling with a speech impediment due to missing teeth, you can expect overdentures to greatly improve this, with the chance of eliminating the problem completely.
What’s even more, is that patients with missing teeth often exhibit insufficient bone structure, but with this treatment, you won’t need a bone graft but still receive all the benefits of an implant.
At our practice, you can expect to pay from £750 for a full set of new teeth.
NHS dentures vs private practices:
Whilst the NHS offers a great system for those unable to afford private options, it certainly does have its limitations.
Believe it or not, but making a denture takes a lot of time and money and as the NHS can often not pay dentists appropriately, this is where the problems in quality begin to arise.
The average clinical time for an NHS dentist to create a denture is 1hour and 15 mins, compared to a private dental practice that would typically spend around 7 hours on this.
NHS dentists who have limited time may then cut corners, which can affect the overall quality of the teeth, materials and bite impressions.
Alternative restorative treatments
- Bridges: A bridge is a false tooth, often referred to as pontic, which is kept securely in place by two abutment teeth on either side of the gap. These pontics can be made from multiple materials such as gold, ceramic or porcelain is often the most favoured choice. With four main types of dental bridges designed to suit various missing tooth cases, you can expect to replace missing teeth easily and swiftly from £1,200. Learn more.
- Dental implants: Implants are probably the most popular tooth replacement treatment, this is because it is long-lasting, durable and permanent. Because implants use only the best of materials and techniques like porcelain crowns and a titanium screw that works like a tooth root, implant dentistry will cost you £1,250 for the implant placement and £1,200 for the post or crown. Learn more.
Denture FAQ mini-guide:
- Are dentures better than implants? It is in our cosmetic and restorative dentist’s professional opinions that implants are better than dentures, this is because they encourage a sufficient amount of jaw bone, which contributes to an overall good standard of oral health. Implants also last longer, provide patients with easier chewing and speech ability without restricting their diets.
- Are dentures really that bad? Dentures can certainly be lived with, but as mentioned above they deteriorate the health of the jaw bone over time, which means restrictions on diet will be required for a patient’s comfort. For some patients, loose and uncomfortable dentures can be unbearable and embarrassing.
- Will dentures affect the way a person looks, feels, eats, and speaks? Yes. Dentures will affect your diet and your speech. However, patients who have been wearing dentures for some time can get used to them.
- How do you clean and care for your dentures? Remove your dentures daily, soak them and brush them with a nonabrasive denture cleaner and a soft brush. If you are using a dental adhesive, clean the grooves to remove any remaining.
Advantages of Cobalt-Chromium Dentures
- Better chewing (more stable; less movement of the denture)
- Food more enjoyable (less coverage of the mouth)
- Stronger (metal is very hard, plastic can fracture)
- Lighter and thinner (plastic is bulkier)
- More comfortable
- More healthy (less gum coverage possible)
Learn more about the denture process
How long will the treatment take?
The treatment involves understanding your functional and aesthetic needs and then we can provide you with potential options available to you.
Depending on your requirements we can customise and tailor-make individual treatment plans to suit your needs and budgets.
Some of these appointments are involved Denture Stabilisation with the placement of dental implants and their healing if that is an additional option you have chosen.
However, most of the appointments are involved in making sure that the dentures are aesthetically and functionally correct. This will involve taking records and careful assessment.
STEP 1 – The first impressions
Required to make moulds and a custom made special tray.
STEP 2 – The second impression
(A very accurate impression is taken)
Using this first impression to create a custom made tray.
With this, we take a very accurate secondary impression.
This allows us to create well made and well-fitting dentures.
At this appointment, we will also take records of how your teeth meet and bite.
The complexity of your bite is recorded, and the colour and shape of the teeth chosen.
The record involves choosing the correct shape, size and colour of your teeth to reflect your face. (It is helpful to bring along any old photographs you may have showing your teeth at this visit).
STEP 3 – The try-on stage
The above allows us to provide you with a preview denture.
This allows you to be certain that you are extremely happy with the denture in every way before the final version of your teeth is fabricated.
STEP 4 – The fitting stage
The dentist will fit the denture after an accurate and precise denture making process.
STEP 5 – The review stage
To ensure total satisfaction we review the denture a few weeks later to make final refined adjustments aesthetically and functionally.
Our aim is to provide you with dentures that give you the confidence you are seeking.
“If treated correctly, dental implants can last from ten to twenty five years or more.”
Once the implant has fused with your jawbone and tissues, the artificial titanium implant acts as an ordinary root.
The longevity of your implant depends on how you improve and maintain your oral health. Read more.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The price of a dental implant can depend, for example, if any further treatments are needed to make sure your implant is a success, like bone regeneration.
Our inclusive single dental implant treatment costs £2,995 and includes the abutment and crown. More.
Is the process painful?
You can expect to feel some pain when having a new implant; however, the discomfort is kept to a minimum with modern anaesthetics. Nevertheless, post-process, there can be some swelling and aching for 5 -10 days.
Many patients have multiple implants in a single day without undue pain or distress. More.
Will my implants match the colour of my existing teeth?
Implants are colour matched and then shaped to blend in with your existing teeth. To the naked eye, an implant is very hard to spot.
Highly experienced implant team
An unparalleled level of patient trust: Dr Rahul Doshi is the founder of the Perfect Smile and is the current President of the BACD.
With over 25 years of dental implant experience, Dr Rahul Doshi proudly leads a highly skilled team with access to the latest dental technology.
- 150+ years of combined experience
- Est in 1994
- CQC registered
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- All staff are GDC registered
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Medically reviewed & updated on December 8, 2021