Traditional Dentures vs. Implant Supported Dentures

Feb 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Dental Implants, More dental news

DenturesDo you feel as if your face is collapsing? Are you unable to eat the foods you love because it’s too difficult to keep your dentures in place while chewing? Have you had it with foul-tasting adhesives, embarrassing slips of your dentures, and frequent trips to the dentist’s office? If so, you’re in good company. If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering with ill-fitting dentures, you could be a good candidate for implant supported dentures. Consider the pros and cons of traditional dentures vs. implant supported dentures.

Traditional Dentures

Conventional dentures are prosthetics made of synthetic plastic resins and porcelain that overlay the gums and replace a full set of lost teeth. Dentures are held in place through a combination of muscular control and suction, although patients often resort to denture adhesives to do the job. While some patients tolerate dentures well, many people report problems with slippage, which affects their ability to eat and speak with ease. The only true advantage of traditional dentures is that they are often covered by your insurance company, but the cons definitely outweigh the pros. Not only are dentures difficult to keep in place, but they also create problems with your underlying bone tissue. Biting and chewing with natural teeth stimulates the tissue of the jaw bones and prevents bone loss. Because dentures are not directly connected to the jaw bone, they do not provide that same stimulation and therefore lead to bone deterioration and collapse of the facial structure. These changes in your bones and facial structures will alter the fit of your dentures, requiring frequent dental visits to correct.

Implant Supported Dentures

Implant supported dentures use a few strategically-placed implants to secure a full set of teeth to your upper and lower jaws. Once they are in place, they look and feel like your natural teeth, with no uncomfortable plastics against the roof of your mouth. Because the implants are inserted into the jaw bone, they promote bone retention like real teeth and prevent the tell-tale facial collapse of conventional dentures. Best of all, they look like your natural teeth, and you can speak and eat with confidence, knowing they will never slip. The only perceived con of implant supported dentures is their cost, as they usually are not covered by your dental insurance. However, traditional dentures come at a cost as well—not only to your pocketbook but also to your health. Considering your bones will deteriorate, which requires frequent, costly dental visits to refit your dentures, implant supported dentures are the obvious choice to both prevent future health problems and save money in the long run.

If you’re ready to make an investment in your teeth functionality, bone health, and facial appearance, call Dr. Moiceanu today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule a consultation for implant supported dentures. Hilltop Family Dental serves patients in the Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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