Traditional dentures are a popular solution for tooth loss. Many patients seek the prosthetic because it is relatively affordable and can be fitted within a short timeframe. A traditional denture consists of a pinkish acrylic resin base that fits the contours of your gums and a row of lifelike false teeth.
The denture is held in place through a combination of suction and the aid of a bonding agent. Getting used to a traditional denture takes time, but many of our patients are able to resume eating their normal diet once they begin using the prosthetic.
The fabrication process for a traditional denture is straightforward and convenient. Once one of our doctors has established that you are in good oral health, digital impressions of your mouth will be made. This information is sent to a trusted dental lab that will fabricate your denture. Once your denture arrives back at our office, a follow-up appointment will be set. At your next visit, one of our doctors will ensure that your traditional denture is a perfect fit.
While traditional dentures adhere to gum tissue, an implant-supported denture is anchored to the jawbone. This allows your false teeth to function like natural teeth. For this and other reasons, dental implants are considered the ideal solution to tooth loss.
Implants replace lost tooth roots. The titanium posts are surgically placed in the jaw. Our doctors offer an advanced denture option, All-on-4®, that allows a full arch of false teeth to be supported by four dental implants. This option cuts down on the number of implants needed to support a denture and allows patients to enjoy the benefits of “instant dentures.” Not every patient is a candidate for the All-on-4 system. Depending on your jawbone characteristics, you may require the placement of more than four implants.
Implant placement does require oral surgery. If you are planning to undergo multiple tooth extractions, now would be a good time to begin planning for implant surgery. Once a tooth is lost or extracted, the surrounding alveolar bone will begin to degrade, which can complicate your candidacy for dental implants.
Which Option Is Right for Me?
There are many reasons why our patients opt for implant-retained dentures. Missing teeth eventually cause the alveolar bone to atrophy. This is one reason why traditional dentures must be continually adjusted. Implant-supported dentures offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. While there is a larger upfront investment of time and money, implants offer long-term cost-savings and prevent bone atrophy that can leave you looking advanced in years.
If you are looking for a tooth-replacement option that does not require oral surgery, a traditional denture may be an ideal solution to restore a full arch of teeth. Many of our patients enjoy the fact that a traditional denture can be fitted in a relatively short timeframe. One of our doctors will be glad to explain both treatment options in-depth during your consultation.