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Implant Supported Dentures vs Conventional Dentures

Important Differences Between Conventional Dentures and Implant-Supported Dentures

Once natural teeth are gone, there are a few options to consider for replacing teeth. Most dentists recommend either traditional/conventional dentures or implant-supported dentures. There are significant differences between these two techniques and each has their own benefits and drawbacks to consider. Understanding the differences can help ensure you find the best solution for teeth replacement.

The Differences

Conventional dentures are designed to follow to the unique shape of your mouth. Your gums and the underlying bone structure in your mouth support the dentures. Dentures can rub against your gums during normal wear resulting in painful sores. This type of denture can be removed and cleaned outside the mouth.

An implant-supported denture is a denture supported by four or more dental implants. This type of denture does not rest on the gums. Instead, it is fixed on implants that are embedded in the jaw bone. A dentist removes the denture for regular cleaning and examinations. Patients are not able to remove the denture on their own.

Comparing Conventional Dentures vs. Implant Supported Dentures

In order to determine which solution is best, it is important to consider how the differences impact the denture’s performance.

Regular dentures can rub against the gum which can result in pain. This is especially challenging for dentures placed in the lower jaw. Because nothing keeps the denture stable, they can be difficult to keep in place when chewing. Additionally, the bone shrinks because there is nothing in place to stimulate it.

Implant-supported dentures are made strong by the existing bone. The dental implants used for support are embedded in the jaw bone. This helps prevent slipping and gives the denture additional strength. The implants also prevent sore spots from developing on the gums as a result of the rubbing. Dental implants stimulate the bone which helps prevent bone retraction or shrinkage.

Conventional dentures do not stimulate the bone which can result in shrinking of the jawbone. This bone loss can lead to a change in the shape of your mouth. This changing shape may even require the dentist to adjust the denture to properly fit. Additionally, the denture lining needs to be adjusted to address the sore spots.

Implant-supported dentures are not designed to rest on the gums. The bone acts as the anchor to keep them in place. The implants promote bone strength and help prevent shrinking of the bone.

What Is Your Long-Term Choice?

Because traditional dentures are less expensive up front, they often appear to be the better option. An important consideration is that they may need to be adjusted down the road as the jaw changes. They can also cause a change in the shape of your smile. Traditional denture wearers are often embarrassed to eat in public and even avoid social situations due to the risk of the denture coming loose. When evaluating your options, it is critical to evaluate your lifestyle and how it may be impacted by traditional dentures.

Many dentists argue that implant-supported dentures are a superior option as they resolve many of the issues associated with traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures help to preserve the existing bone and rarely require future adjustments. This option is more secure and doesn’t move when chewing. Implant-supported dentures may cost more up front, however, they require far less maintenance in comparison to conventional dentures.

Determining if conventional dentures or implant-supported dentures are best is always a personal choice. Be sure to consider the pros and cons of each option and thoroughly evaluate how they will impact your daily life.

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