Dental Implants VS Dentures

Dental Implants VS Dentures 

Technology has allowed us today to be more cost efficient and effective. The dental industry is no different. Dental Implants are a more cost effective and a more efficient long term solution to missing or decayed teeth. In this article we compare Dental Implants vs Dentures.

Dentures seem like a more cost effective solution for the short term but considering that dentures need to be changed every 5 years due to the change in gum shape it is actually more expensive in the long term when comparing them to dental implants. Although the quality of dentures have improved over the years they are not an ideal option. Partial dentures might promote infection and decay especially of the surrounding healthy teeth. 

Dentures can shift when speaking and talking and even fall out causing embarrassment. You will need to clean them externally. Whereas with dental implants they act as natural teeth so you just need to brush your teeth as normal and they are permanently fixed to your teeth. If your gums are very unhealthy and you have a weak jaw then dentures might be your only option. Dentures can cause damage to adjacent healthy teeth and gums making the nearby areas more susceptible to decay.

Dentures Vs Dental Implants

dental implants vs dentures

The patient above underwent a dental implant procedure with Dr Roy Richard Huson. You can see the amazing smile transformation. 

Dental Implants look natural just like your normal healthy teeth. The comfort, peace of mind and and confidence makes them an unmatched rival to dentures. They can replace missing or decayed teeth and act as natural teeth that are surgically inserted into your jaw. They are permanent so you can brush your teeth as normal and are not removable making it an ideal option for all patients. It is also a long term solution as they can last a lifetime provided you brush and floss twice a day. Dentists prefer dental implants as they provide a more comfortable, natural looking smile. They will not damage surrounding teeth and prevent decay of surrounding teeth unlike dentures.

There are several treatment options such a dentures and dental implants. Dentures are cheaper and shorter term. They are removable so it is important that you take care of them. Starting price is from R2800 and can go up to R28 000. 

Dental Implants is a second option and is more longer term. They are permanently fixed as natural teeth so that you can chew biltong or that yummy steak like your normal natural teeth. As the saying goes you get what you pay for and Dental Implants is no exception. Dental Implants start from R8500 and for the abutment and dental crown is roughly around R9000. So you are looking at +-R18 000 per tooth. It can get cheaper depending on the number of implants you do and it also depends on the manufacturer you choose. We work with all high end manufacturers. 

The largest benefit of Dental Implants is that you can bite and chew food again, smile and laugh with confidence and not worry whether they will slip or even fall out.

Here is a quick table comparing the two: 

Implant vs Traditional Denture

dental implants Vs dentures



Dental Implant Vs Bridge

Dental Implants VS Bridge 

Which is right for you?

To replace lost teeth you have the option of adding dental implants or a bridge. Before dental implants most people used a bridge to replace lost or missing teeth. These days it is easier to replace teeth with dental implants. Firstly, you need to file down adjacent teeth if you need a bridge whereas with dental implants you dont need to do that. The cost of dental implants are more expensive in the short term but in the long term it works out cheaper. So depending on your budget it might be more viable in the short term to get some of your teeth done with dental implants and where there are a number of teeth on one side that needs to be filled then a bridge might be a better option in the short term. 

Dental Implants are a better option if you have individual or missing teeth. If you have big gaps on either side then it might be better to add a dental bridge. A dental bridge might be a more destructive option if you dont have big fillings or eroded teeth as it will require you to place the crowns on already healthy teeth. In other words the adjacent teeth need to be prepped by removing most of the enamel in order to fabricate the bridge. The advantages and disadvantages of both procedures should be discussed with your dentist. As he will first need to analyse your teeth and then suggest a treatment option with you. 

Your ability to keep your mouth clean will be better with a dental implant as you can brush and floss as normal with an implant as it acts as a natural tooth. Dental Bridges are a little more complicated as it is cemented or 'fixed in the mouth'  which involves at least three crowns connected together to fill the space of the missing tooth. That design creates challenges so you will have to brush meticulously. 

Dental Implants are more durable than bridges. Dental Implants can last a lifetime whereas dental bridges last over 10 years. With regards to the aesthetics we do have an inhouse lab that designs teeth according to your face shape and colour of your skin therefore perfecting your smile so both options can provide amazing aesthetics. You will need to speak to Dr Huson about the options as he has the knowledge and skill to analyse your teeth and to provide the best option to you. 

Bridge vs dental implant

Facts about dental implants seem to be more superior to bridges. However the best solution will depend on your dentist's analysis and the patients budget and time constraints. 

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When could a dental bridge be a more viable option? 

  • If you already have crowns on either side than adding a 3 unit bridge might be more viable as this would result in no surgery and all three teeth would match
  • If neighbouring teeth have large fillings or structural damage then you will need crowns in the future so a dental bridge might be a better option in this case.
  • If you have periodontal disease or a bone graft is not possible due to a defect than a bridge might be an option.

 Dental implant vs bridge




Cosmetic Dentistry Durban

Cosmetic Dentistry

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry refers to dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums and/or bite. We are never really born with perfect teeth and Cosmetic Dentistry enhances the look of our teeth. We have the latest technology and an in house lab specifically designed to perfect your smile and improve your confidence and overall wellbeing. 

cosmetic dentistry in Durban

Cosmetic Dentistry


Cosmetic Dentistry in Durban

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Worth It? 

  1. Cosmetic dentistry corrects aesthetic flaws - If you have stained, misshapen, small teeth, chips, cracks or high gum lines then this can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry. .
  2. Cosmetic treatment can help you look younger - Research has shown that cosmetic treatment makes you look 10 years younger. Correcting the discoloration and erosion. 
  3. Cosmetic treatment can enhance your career and improve self confidence -  Research has shown that when you are more confident you take on greater responsibility and leadership. You may also look happier hence greater motivation and dedication to your career. 
  4. Some procedures can help prevent future dental damage - Cosmetic treatments help strengthen teeth through bonding by covering up any fractures or erosion thereby protecting already compromised areas. 

Dr Roy Richard Huson has over 18 years of experience specialising in Cosmetic Dentistry in the UK and working with celebrities in the UK. He worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver who has 

At Silver Oaks Dental Clinic we are continually striving to learn more to give our patients the very best treatment we can. We are one of the few practices in South Africa that are technologically advanced and offer you Cosmetic Imaging via the computer. We can show you how your treatment could potentially look even before it is completed. This gives you time to go over possible changes with Dr Richard Huson before attempting to start your treatment and you will know exactly what you are getting. This leads to a successful, happy patient that smiles leaving this practice and getting the very best cosmetic dentistry treatment in Durban, South Africa. Dr Huson has been using Digital Smile Design (DSD) since it started around 10 years ago.

During April 2018 Dr Huson attended the Advanced Restorative Course hosted by Dr Mark Bowes of the Implant and Aesthetic Academy (IAA). The course focused on brand new digital technologies which are being used in dentistry today. It focussed on Biomimetic Dentistry which is the art of preserving teeth and surrounding tissue in such a way as to mimic nature while still creating ideal aesthetics. Dr Mark Bowes is world famous in Aesthetic and Complex Restorative Dentistry. Dr Bowes has pioneered the development of Digital Smile Design (DSD) in South Africa -  this concept allows dentists to develop a smile which fits the individual patients' Aesthetic and Functional needs whilst providing Minimally Invasive Dentistry.  Dr Bowes is a Digital Smile Design World Master and an Instructor in South Africa, and one of only two on the African Continent. He lectures and teaches DSD both in South Africa and Internationally. Click here to read more about Dr Mark Bowes:

 cosmetic dentistry durban


Latest Technology - Inman Aligner 


Our Case-Of-The-Month for March is Ravin. Ravin had a full dental makeover which included orthodontic aligners i.e Inman Aligner which is similiar to the Invisalign but less expensive and quicker as it is the latest technology. The treatment took about 12 weeks to complete. 

Dr Huson's solution for his top 10 front teeth were clear orthodontic aligners and dental veneers

This first step involved Ravin's active participation. After Dr Huson analysed his teeth he went over possible options with regards to his desired look. He explained to Dr Huson the result that he wanted. Photos and models of his teeth were then taken.

Teeth cleaning and teeth whitening were carried out first by our thorough and accurate oral hygienist. After wearing the clear aligners (which are similiar to the Invisalign) for about 10 weeks to shift the teeth into the best positions for ideal cosmetics.The Inman Aligner straightens teeth quickly and effectively and much more cost efficient than braces. This latest technology make it affordable and easier to use as it is clear and removable. Should you have an important function the Inman Aligner (which is similiar to the Invisalign) is easy to remove and has a clear look so nobody will notice that you are wearing anything unlike braces. Dr Huson then prepared Ravin's teeth for dental veneers. Guided templates and stents were used to ensure that the absolute minimal enamel was removed from Ravin's tooth surface. (Often as little as 0.1 millimeters or often none at all). Dr Huson then removed any evidence of decay and carefully shaped the teeth to correct any chips or gaps. Before trimming of the enamel Dr Huson discussed the various pain free options with him. Dr Huson then made a model or impression of Ravin's teeth. 

The model was then sent to our onsite lab technicians, who custom made the dental veneers. After a few days Ravin came back to get the veneers fitted. In the meantime, Dr Huson gave him temporary veneers. These temporary dental veneers match the planned final dental veneers. The reason why we do this is so you can see if you like the fit and feel and ask family and friends for their opinions on the aesthetics of your teeth. 

Ravin came in again to our clinic where bonding was carried out before the dental veneers were permanently cemented to his teeth, Dr Huson temporarily placed the veneers so that Ravin could examine the fit and color. Slight adjustments were made at this stage because we have an onsite lab. Next, Dr Huson prepared the teeth to receive the veneers, the teeth were cleaned, polished, and etched -- which roughens the teeth to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement was applied to the veneer and the veneer was then placed on Ravin's tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, Dr Huson applied a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly. The final steps involved removing any excess cement, evaluating Ravin's bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary. Ravin then came in for a checkup to see if the veneers had taken to his teeth.

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Dental Veneers Before and After

Dental Veneers Before and After

Our patient Miles came to our offices to perfect his smile before leaving to New Zealand. 

Miles was embarrassed to smile and since he had a limited time in South Africa, Dr Huson had to find a quick fix solution. Porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who have discoloured, uneven, irregularly shaped, worn down, chipped, gaps and misaligned teeth.We had lengthened Miles's teeth and straightened the four front teeth with dental veneers. He also completed the teeth whitening treatment to brighten the appearance of all of his teeth thereby creating a more consistent natural colour throughout. 

We use the highest quality in Porcelain veneers and prefer Emax veneers above Lumineers and composite veneers as the look and feel is more realistic and aesthetically pleasing. We also find that they last a very long time over 25 years to a lifetime if they are properly cleaned and maintained with regular cleanings at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic and checkup’s with the Dr Roy Richard Huson.

The benefit with veneers is that it whitens and straightens your teeth quickly and pain free. You only need three appointments. Miles had looked through some pictures from the internet to see what look he would prefer and after discussing various options with Dr Huson went for something that made the appearance of his smile more apparent and face structure more prominent. 

Our efficient lab technician Costa designed custom made temporary veneers which Miles wore to see if he liked them. When Miles was happy with the temporary ones we replicated that into the final permanent version. Miles came back for another appointment where we fitted and cemented the veneers using a resin cement. His teeth were prepared using custom made templates which ensured the minimal amount of tooth loss. Miles was very happy with the results and the transformation was dramatic and immediate. That is the huge benefit of Veneers in that it is quickand cost effective and doesn't require months of adjustment appointments. The entire process took 3 visits. 

Dr Huson has placed in excess 1000 Veneers and has worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street region of London. You are guaranteed work that is of the highest quality. Whether you have gaps, overcrowded, deep stained or misshapen teeth, Dental Veneers can be an excellent and conservative way of correcting your smile

Miles Ridl Before and After Picture

dental veneers before and after


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