If you are one of the 178 million people in the United States who have lost most or all of their teeth and require dentures, you may only know about traditional dentures. Although they can offer some benefits, traditional dentures also have numerous drawbacks. There are other options, however, in the form of implant dentures. What are implant dentures, and how do they differ from traditional ones?
What Are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures are dentures that attach to dental implants for better stability. There are two general types:
- Implant-retained dentures
- Permanent dentures
Implant-retained dentures use dental implants to hold removable dentures in place. The artificial teeth attach to the implants, which prevent them from moving as you eat or speak. Like traditional dentures, you will remove the dentures at night to clean them.
Permanent dentures also attach to dental implants, but the difference is that you cannot remove these at home. They remain in place and require that you care for them just as you would your natural teeth.
What Are Traditional Dentures?
Traditional dentures are removable appliances. They are made of a row of natural-looking teeth that you can wear on either or both of your jaws. To stay in place, traditional dentures use suction and adhesives, relying on your gums for support.
Implant Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures sit over your gums, making them prone to moving around. An implant denture stays in place because they are attached to fixed dental implants. This allows you to eat and speak without fear of feeling the dentures shift.
Implant dentures also help you regain the full force of your bite because the implants are firmly attached to your jaw. Permanent dentures and implant-retained dentures are also much stronger and more durable than traditional ones. With implant dentures, you can chew foods that traditional devices would not be able to handle without cracking.
Traditional dentures can also fit less comfortably and even cause sores by rubbing against your gums. The problem can get worse if the dentures become loose throughout the day. Implant dentures do not have this problem since they do not move, and experts like us customize them to fit your mouth comfortably.
With an implant denture, you also don’t have to worry about using messy adhesives, which can be expensive and take time to apply each morning.
Dentures that attach to dental implants can also help prevent jawbone loss because they function like the roots of your teeth, stimulating the jawbone to continue producing bone cells. Traditional dentures do not offer this benefit and can even make bone loss worse by putting uneven pressure on your jawbone.
Choosing the Right Dentures
If you are not sure which type of denture will give you the most natural-looking and best-fitting results, you can turn to experts like Dr. Harvey Chin for help. At Vegas Dental Experts, Dr. Chin offers free consultations to assess your needs and offer recommendations for minimally invasive treatment. Contact us today to make an appointment at our state-of-the-art facilities.