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Implant vs. Traditional Dentures

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, both implant dentures and traditional dentures are popular options. Each type has its own set of benefits and considerations. There are several factors that you should think about when making your decision. Of course, your prosthodontist is your best asset during this process. They can help you down your path of restoring your smile. Regardless of your choice, both types of dentures will bring back your smile and improve your quality of life.

Implant vs. Traditional Dentures

Traditional Dentures

Traditional dentures are removable prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth and some of the surrounding gum tissue. They are typically made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. Traditional dentures rely on suction and adhesive to stay in place on the gums.

What are the Benefits of Traditional Dentures?

Cost: Traditional dentures are often more affordable than implant dentures. This makes them a budget-friendly option for many people.

Convenience: You can easily remove traditional dentures for cleaning and maintenance. This, of course, is convenient when taking care of your dentures. 

Immediate Solution: Your dental team can make traditional dentures relatively quickly, providing a faster solution for missing teeth.

What to Consider

Stability: Since traditional dentures rely on suction and adhesives, they may not always stay securely in place. This can lead to slipping or shifting, especially while eating or speaking.

Bone Loss: Traditional dentures do not stimulate the jawbone, which can result in bone loss over time. This can lead to changes in facial appearance and affect the fit of the dentures.

Dietary Restrictions: You may need to avoid some foods or cut them into smaller pieces to make eating more manageable.

Implant Dentures

Implant dentures are a more permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth attached to dental implants that a prosthodontist will surgically place into the jawbone. This provides a secure and stable foundation for the dentures.

What are the Benefits of Implant Dentures?

Enhanced Stability: Implant dentures are securely anchored to the jawbone, providing stability and reducing the risk of slipping or shifting.

Improved Chewing: Since implant dentures function more like natural teeth, they allow for better chewing efficiency. As a result, you can enjoy a wider variety of foods.

Preserve of Jawbone: The dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and maintaining the shape of the jaw over time.

Longevity: With proper care, implant dentures can last a lifetime. They are a durable and cost-effective long-term solution.

What to Consider

Implant dentures tend to have a higher initial cost compared to traditional dentures. However, many people find the long-term benefits outweigh the upfront investment. Additionally, placing dental implants involves a surgical procedure, which may require some healing time and follow-up appointments.

The process of getting implant dentures can take several months, from the initial consultation to the final placement of the dentures. This includes time for the implants to integrate with the jawbone. While implant dentures are more stable, they still require regular maintenance and proper oral hygiene to ensure their longevity.