There are many factors that lead to tooth loss. While often thought of as a problem singularly affecting elderly patients, younger individuals also undergo dental trauma, damage or decay, and medical conditions that may require them to look for tooth replacement options. With several to choose from, dentures present its own set of benefits and disadvantages. Conventional dentures and dental implant supported dentures are two option to replace missing teeth and your dentist will help you determine which solution will best fit your personal dental needs.
Defining the Differences
Both dental implant-supported dentures and conventional dentures offer comprehensive solutions for individuals suffering from tooth loss. However, there are certain benefits associated with dental implants that may not be accessible with conventional dentures. The differences between the two options affect the level of stability and comfort.
Conventional dentures- Conventional dentures are fully removable, and must be taken out daily to be cleaned. Without implants to support the restoration, the denture rests on the gums.
Dental Implant-Supported Dentures-This type of denture is attached to and supported by dental implants, and is fused to the bone for durability and longevity. This option is viable when a patient does not have any teeth in their mouth, but has enough bone in their jaw to support an implant. Your denture may snap on to make daily cleaning easy or can be fixed to the implants, leaving patients with a permanent set of replacement teeth.
Weighing Your Options
Many people find that dental implant-supported dentures offer many benefits over conventional dentures. Implant-supported dentures are more stable and will create a more confident smile throughout the day. These implants will not move during eating or speaking for an improved quality of life.
Since conventional dentures need to rest on your gums, patients need to keep them stable with adhesive resins that may not last throughout the day, causing the plates to slip around when speaking or chewing. Additionally, dentures may cause discomfort as the plates irritate the soft tissue inside the mouth.
Some patients may not have enough bone to support implants and will need to opt this traditional solution. Others may not be keen on surgical placement or may not have the money or insurance benefits to support the added cost of dental implants.
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If left untreated, missing teeth can lead to many different oral and long-term overall health problems. If you have one or more missing teeth, contact our Bakersfield dental office
to schedule a consultation and learn about your options to restore your smile.