A Look at Implant Supported vs. Traditional Dentures

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Implant supported dentures are a unique alternative to traditional dentures. The primary difference is with the way the dentures are supported, as implant supported dentures rest upon strategically placed dental implants inside the jaw. Having a complete understanding of each option is helpful when deciding which one is right for you. 

Choosing the right type of dentures

Both implant-supported and traditional dentures have their own advantages and potential drawbacks, and the best choice depends on your specific situation and personal preference. The following is a review of both types of dentures and insights into which one is the best option in certain situations. 

A review of implant supported dentures

Implant supported dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth, often an entire row of missing teeth. There are three components to the implant supported dentures, which are the dental implant, the abutment and the replacement teeth (dentures). The treatment process involves placing the implants into the jawbone. For full arch replacement, the dentist typically recommends four strategically placed implants. Once the mouth heals, a second procedure is scheduled to place the abutment and dentures onto the implant for a secure and non-removable hold. 

A review of traditional dentures

Many are more familiar with how traditional dentures work. They are a form of teeth replacement that is supported by the gums. Partial and full traditional dentures are available, depending on if the patient needs to replace a section of teeth or an entire row. The main advantage they offer over implant supported dentures is that they involve a less invasive process. However, they do require more maintenance. Traditional dentures are removable and must be cleaned each night. They may take more time to get used to and often need to be removed while sleeping. 

How to choose the best option for you

Everyone considering dentures should evaluate the pros and cons of each option and decide which is most appropriate for them. Implant supported dentures are typically the best option for patients who want a long-term solution that feels, functions and looks like natural teeth. They are non-removable and typically require fewer dietary restrictions. However, implant supported dentures come at an increased cost and a more invasive treatment process. This means traditional dentures may be the more appropriate solution for patients who want a convenient and minimally-invasive treatment process, despite the need for more ongoing maintenance.

How long do dentures last?

Implant supported dentures can last more than 20 years with proper care. Traditional dentures are made to last for close to 10 years. Of course, how long dentures of either type lasts depends on how well they are cared for by the patient and how often the patient visits the dentist for regular check-ups. Be sure to talk to the dentist about proper care techniques and how to get the most out of dentures long term.

Find out more about implant supported dentures

Implant supported dentures offer a unique option for teeth replacement, and they look feel and function similar to natural teeth. To learn more about all available teeth replacement options, give us a call today to schedule a consultation. 

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