If you need a full mouth restoration, dentures are an affordable, functional solution. When none of the teeth are viable, replacing them is the only option. But you do still have a choice regarding the type of replacement teeth you want. Traditional dentures and implant supported dentures are both possible solutions. Consider this comparison to help you determine which is right for you.
Traditional Dentures: The Old Tried and True
Though they have taken many forms over the years, traditional dentures have been around for centuries. They have evolved with technology, making them more comfortable and more stable in the mouth.
Today’s dentures consist of a complete row of artificial teeth attached to a structure that resembles natural gums. The artificial teeth themselves are sometimes made of porcelain, but more commonly the entire structure is made of resin.
Traditional dentures are removable and attach to the gums via denture adhesives and suction. As a result, one of their biggest disadvantages is that they don’t always stay securely in place.
Another disadvantage to traditional dentures is that can pinch the gums and eventually cause damage. The jaw bone may also resorb, or weaken some with traditional dentures, causing a sunken jaw look.
Implant Supported Dentures: The New Advanced Option
A more permanent solution, implant supported dentures are held in place by dental implants that are placed in the jaw. A dental implant is an artificial tooth and root system that is surgically placed in the jaw. The root screws into the jaw bone for a firm hold and a crown is attached to the top that looks and functions like a natural tooth. Usually only four implants are required to replace a complete arch of teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
The dentures are anchored by the implants and cemented firmly in place. They are essentially permanent, as only a dentist can remove them. The implants help to preserve the jaw bone, keeping it strong and preventing resorption.
They are more expensive than traditional dentures because of the added cost of the implants. But the permanent implant supported dentures last much longer than traditional dentures, making them an economical choice.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures:
- More secure
- Promote bone health
- Can better support dentures for the lower jaw which has less surface area for suction and adhesion
Benefits of Traditional Dentures:
- Cost less than implant supported dentures
- Removable for convenience and easy cleaning
- Require less time in the dentist’s chair
Disadvantages of Implant Supported Dentures:
- The placement procedure takes longer
- Higher initial cost
Disadvantages of Traditional Dentures:
- Tendency to slip out of place
- Adhesives are messy
Which Option is Best For Me?
If you’re still having trouble deciding which denture option would be best for you, discuss your options with your dentist. Your dentist can take everything into consideration from your oral health history to your current lifestyle and make a recommendation for the best course of action. Answer your dentist’s questions openly and honestly so that nothing is left out that could make a difference in the best restoration option for you.
A Wide Range of Options at Aurora Dental
When you need a full mouth restoration, there are many options including traditional and implant supported dentures. Your dentist will listen to your needs and make a recommendation for teeth replacement that will be in your best interest.