Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Implant-Supported Versus Traditional Dentures

If you're missing one or more teeth, having those teeth restored in some way can make a huge difference in your day to day activities. The question is, with all of the current options, what kind of restorations are best? Many of our Love Family Dental patients find themselves choosing between traditional dentures and implant supported dentures. In order to help steer you in the best direction, let’s talk a little about each method of restoration.
How Dentures Work

Traditional dentures rest on top of your gums. They can be full dentures (when patients have no teeth on one or both of their arches) or partials (an oral prosthesis that replaces only a few teeth) Traditional dentures are typically held in place with denture adhesive. They can be easily removed at any time. 

Implant-supported dentures are different. Although the denture is removable, it snaps securely into place on top of dental implants that are placed within the jawbone. Patients with implant supported dentures typically have no natural teeth left on one or both arches. Only 4-6 implants are needed to secure an entire denture arch.
Advantages and Disadvantages

Because implant-supported dentures are anchored to dental implants, they have some advantages over traditional dentures. For example, they function more like natural teeth, can improve your ability to eat a varied diet, give patients back their palette (if currently being covered by a denture) and don't slip like traditional dentures sometimes do.

However, traditional dentures have some advantages too. They are generally more affordable than implant-supported dentures, and since they don't use implants, there's no surgery required. Getting traditional dentures is also a much quicker process than getting implant-supported dentures, as there's no requirement to wait for bone integration before fitting the prosthesis. For many people these are advantages that make traditional dentures the preferred choice, especially when only a few teeth are missing. However, some find implant supported dentures to be more cost effective as they rarely need to be adjusted or repaired. Traditional dentures often stretch and become ill fitted in time and need to be replaced.
Making Your Choice

Making the choice between different kinds of dentures can be tough. There are good reasons to choose either option. If you're wondering about which kind of denture might be best for you, give us a call at Love Family Dental and together we will go over your different options.

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