Restoring a smile impacted by disease, trauma or simply wear and tear means finding the right balance between appearance and functionality. And making the decision between options can be impacted by several factors, such as cost over time, and durability.
Traditional dentures have many benefits, and ultimately help patients recover some of the activities affected by tooth loss. However, implant-retained dentures offer significant results in aesthetics, function and health.
Affordable dental appliances that restore basic chewing function. In terms of affordability, traditional dentures are an affordable option. However, they do need to be adjusted occasionally and at times replaced which continues to add to the cost.
While traditional dentures do replace teeth, they do not prevent bone loss. Dentures sit on top of the gum and can shift as the bone loss causes changes in the shape of the mouth. As bone loss occurs, it will contribute to ill-fitting dentures resulting in discomfort. Over time, bone quantity shrinks and the structure deteriorates causing changes in the appearance of the mouth and face.
Traditional dentures are temporarily fixed to the gums using denture creams and adhesives, rather than permanently fixed. This can cause issues such as dentures slipping or moving out of place or popping out of the mouth, entirely. Progress in dental technology and adhesives have resulted in some improvements being made, so patients are always encouraged to talk about all the options available to them before choosing the denture option they feel is best for them.
Implants are known as “long-term” tooth-replacement options because they are durable and become permanently fused to the jaw bone. Implants are a result of advances in dental technology; they are titanium posts that function as prosthetic roots. That means that although the initial investment may be more than traditional dentures, implants don’t require frequent repairs or replacements and will also protect the integrity of the jaw bone by encouraging bone regeneration similar to the natural tooth root.
Because the posts fuse with existing bone, they offer a stable anchor for new dentures and crowns. The various components – posts, abutments and dentures – are firmly fitted into the mouth in line with the mouth structure. This means implant retained dentures not only stay in place, but they help support the function and appearance of the patient’s bite.
Implant retained dentures function like natural teeth – patients can eat without restrictions and bite using their natural bite pressure. The jaw bone is stimulated, which encourages damaged bone to regenerate, maintaining healthy bone, and protecting the facial structure from further deterioration.
Although both traditional dentures and implant supported dentures are popular choices for replacing teeth, it’s always best to discuss all treatment options with your dentist. Dr. Michael Schwartz and Dr. Jennifer Goodale can help determine whether or not someone is a good candidate for implants, or if traditional dentures would better suit their lifestyle and dental well-being. Contact our Yorktown Heights dentist to schedule an appointment.