Dental Implants vs Dentures
Owings Mills, MD
Do you have an ill-fitting denture that slips? Are you interested in a better functioning restoration? We use advanced technology and the highest quality dental implants to secure a denture. Many patients choose traditional removable dentures when missing rows or even full arches of missing teeth, however, compared to implant-retained options, removable dentures do not offer the same stability.
Implant-supported dentures offer a multitude of benefits and come with a high success rate. They are permanently secured so they do not come with dietary restrictions. They also reduce the risk of jaw bone deterioration and offer a stable foundation for your dentures to attach to. When considering implant-supported dentures vs. dentures there are several important aspects of dental implants that you should be aware of before choosing the best option for your needs. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of securing your dentures with implants.
IMPLANT RETAINED DENTURES VS. TRADITIONAL DENTURES
Our office will recommend dental implants, implant-secured bridges, and dentures to our patients who desire to replace several missing teeth or a full arch of lost teeth. Securing your restoration with implants is typically preferred, as implants are permanently inserted into the jawbone and help restorations to function similarly to natural teeth. Learn more about implant supported and traditional removable dentures below:
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Implants are small titanium posts that we insert into the jawbone beneath the gums. They come with longer healing periods, however, they provide many benefits. Dental implants provide a stable foundation for dental restorations as they replace teeth at their root. They reduce the risk of jaw bone deterioration and are a permanent restoration that functions similarly to natural teeth.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants offer multiple benefits, including:
|High success rates of 95%
|Secure restorations that do not slip
|Improved chewing function
|Provides stability to jaw bone and surrounding teeth
Implants create a healthier smile, whether they restore a missing tooth or secure a bridge or denture. They are easy to care for and do not come with dietary restrictions. In addition, we often recommend dental implants to denture patients because they last longer and offer more stable results than removable dentures.
WHAT ARE DENTURES?
Dentures are restorations that replace the upper and lower arches of missing teeth. Traditional dentures are removable and require more care than implant-supported dentures. They are custom-made to blend in with patients’ smiles. Patients remove them at night and apply a denture adhesive to reattach them.
CONS OF REMOVABLE DENTURES
Compared to implant-supported dentures, removable dentures have some disadvantages. Removable dentures:
|Can slip around in the mouth
|Often feel bulky
|Require snaps or adhesive to stay in place
|Do not fully restore bite function
|Require daily maintenance
|Can come with dietary restrictions
|May cause facial sagging
|May cause bone deterioration
Traditional removable dentures may improve the smiles’ appearance but do not restore full bite function. They are removable and attached to the gum line so they do not support patients’ jaw bone structure. This can cause a variety of issues including periodontal disease, bone deterioration, and facial sagging. They also may require dietary restrictions. We recommend implants to secure dentures so patients can eat the foods they love and smile confidently.
SCHEDULE A DENTAL APPOINTMENT TODAY
Do you have a removable denture? Are you looking for a way to improve the function of your smile? Ask us about dental implants today. Call Nova Dental at (410) 205-1127 or request a dental consultation with Dr. Nova on our website. Let us know if you have any questions about your restorative treatment, and we will be glad to help.