If you’ve experienced extensive tooth loss, it’s essential that you replace missing teeth as soon as possible. However, before you move forward with a treatment plan, you may want to take a few moments to consider the benefits of prosthetics supported by dental implants versus traditional, removable dentures. An oral surgeon or dentist will be happy to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option and help you make the best decision for your unique situation.
Importance of Replacing Teeth
When even a single missing tooth is not replaced, your whole smile suffers. Following tooth loss, the gum and jawbone do not receive necessary stimulation, so the brain redirects nutrients to other parts of the body. This causes the soft tissue and jawbone to break down. Without this supportive tissue, surrounding teeth begin to shift, and eventually, you will experience further tooth loss. By replacing missing teeth, you avoid tissue loss, and you will be able to eat a wider range of foods to maintain oral and overall health.
Dentures & Partials
Partial and full dentures allow us to replace numerous missing teeth using a single prosthetic. Dentures use a gum colored base material to support the replacement teeth. The base of a partial denture is crafted to fit between remaining healthy teeth, and it clasps to these teeth to support the replacement prosthetics. Full dentures are molded to fit against the gum line, creating suction that holds the denture in place. These removable prosthetics need to be replaced or refitted regularly to function properly. Implant retained dentures more closely mimic natural tooth structure, replacing the roots and crowns, so you experience improved tooth function and longer lasting results.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Compared with traditional dentures, there are numerous benefits to implant supported dentures, including:
- Improved chewing ability – traditional dentures only restore about 20% of chewing ability, but an implant retained denture can allow patients to reclaim about 70% of their natural chewing ability. That means you comfortably eat a wider range of foods.
- Longevity – traditional dentures need to be replaced every five to seven years to ensure they properly function. Implant retained dentures will function for two or more decades, and many patients keep the same implant retained denture for the rest of their life.
- Confidence – because your implant supported dentures won’t slip and slide like traditional prosthetics, you will have the confidence to speak, chew, and smile in any personal or professional situation.
Meet the Texas Wisdom Teeth & Dental Implants Team
At Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants, we are happy to provide safe, effective implant placement surgery using the latest dental techniques and technologies. Our Dallas oral surgeons and team would be happy to talk to you about all of your tooth replacement options. Give us a call to schedule a tooth replacement consultation today. We’ll evaluate your smile, past surgical history, current oral and overall health, and partner with you to determine whether or not dental implants are the right option for you. Cost is one of the main concerns patients have with implant supported dentures. The higher upfront price tag is an investment in healthy smiles that last a lifetime. Other denture options need to be repaired or replaced every five to seven years to function properly, so the long term cost of these removable dentures may actually be higher. Our team is here to help you understand the price of every step of the implant placement process and assist you in planning for the cost of your treatment.