Traditional vs. Implant Supported Dentures

Are you at a point in your life where you have finally decided to get dentures to fix your missing teeth? If so, you'll be debating what kind of dentures you want to wear. You will have the option between traditional and implant-supported dentures, both of which have pros and cons. Make a more informed decision by knowing the following information

Implant-Supported Dentures

One of the great things about implant-supported dentures is that they are attached to your mouth in a way that will not use. As the name implies, the dentures use dental implants for support while you wear them. They help provide stabilization and confidence that you need when wearing dentures since they are not going to slip around in your mouth during the day while talking or eating. This is a reason why many people choose implant-supported dentures over traditional options.

However, implant-supported dentures will be more expensive than the traditional variety. It does require that an implant procedure is performed to place a titanium post into your jawbone. Now only do you need the cash for this procedure, but you need to have the jawbone to support it. Your dentist will perform an evaluation of your jaw to determine if it is dense enough for an implant, or if a bone graft will be necessary for additional support. 

Traditional Dentures

The main difference with traditional dentures is that they can easily be removed from your mouth. They are effective and affordable, which makes it a popular choice for people that need a replacement set of teeth. The ability to remove the dentures makes them easy to clean and allow for simple repairs if the shape of your mouth changes and the dentures become uncomfortable.

The downside to traditional dentures is, ironically, that they are removable. They can slip when talking, they don't provide as much confidence when eating tough foods, and they can be worn down over time due to the acrylic plate used for the base. There is definitely more work involved with maintaining traditional dentures that you may not learn about until after you start using them regularly. 

Not sure which kind of dentures you want? Meet with denturists or dentists such as Tony Parsley, DMD for a consultation. They can let you know more about traditional and implant-supported dentures so that you can make a decision about which one is best for you. You may even decide to try traditional dentures and switch to implant-supported dentures later on.