Deciding to replace missing or damaged teeth is a significant step towards reclaiming your radiant smile and the confidence that comes with it. The journey, however, can be challenging as you navigate the sea of options available. One of the most crucial decisions you’ll face is choosing between traditional dentures and implant-supported dentures.
Traditional Dentures: An Old Solution to a Common Problem
Traditional dentures have long offered a solution for those grappling with tooth loss. These prosthetics rest on top of the gum line, depending solely on the mouth’s natural suction and dental adhesive products to stay in place. One of the key advantages of traditional dentures is that they do not require surgery to place, outside of any necessary tooth extractions for unhealthy teeth.
However, this comes with a significant drawback – they do not prevent the jaw bone resorption process that begins when you lose your teeth. This means the natural shrinking of the jaw will continue, which may result in needing your dentures replaced multiple times throughout the rest of your life. They also tend to come loose while eating and speaking even though we may do our best to fabricate the best denture possible.
Implant-Supported Dentures: The Modern Approach to Tooth Replacement
In contrast to traditional dentures, dental implant-supported dentures represent a more recent innovation in the field of prosthetics. These are secured in place by dental implants, which are titanium posts surgically placed into the jaw. Functioning as artificial tooth roots, these implants integrate with the jaw bone, keeping your implant-supported dentures firmly in place and preventing jaw bone resorption. While the denture may eventually need to be replaced, the implants themselves can last for decades with proper oral hygiene and regular trips to the dentist.
For most of our patients at In Motion Dentists, we recommend implant-supported dentures over traditional ones. The ability of dental implants to stimulate the jaw bone and provide a more stable fit for dentures makes them the gold standard of modern tooth replacement.
However, this recommendation is not universal. Anyone healthy enough to undergo surgery and who does not have gum disease (or who has gum disease under strict control) can receive dental implants and implant-supported dentures. We recommend traditional dentures as the ideal option for patients not meeting these two health requirements.
Regain Your Smile and Confidence with Implant-Supported Dentures
Choosing the right full-mouth rehabilitation option is a crucial part of the patient-first care provided by In Motion Dentists. We understand that every individual is unique, which is why we offer personalized solutions to meet your specific needs. Whether you choose implant-supported dentures or traditional dentures, our primary goal is to help you regain your smile and confidence. Explore our page about implant-supported dentures today to learn more about how you can have a healthier, brighter smile.