Patients with missing teeth have a variety of options available to them to restore the function and beauty of their smile. Having the right dental prosthetic is essential to your comfort, and your confidence. Understanding the difference between traditional implants and those supported by implants will help you make the best choice for your lifestyle.
A Natural Looking Smile
Traditional dentures are a tried-and-true option for patients who have lost a full arch of teeth. These prosthetics are fabricated to look like natural teeth.
Fixed-hybrid or permanent, implant-supported dentures are of equal quality in aesthetics as traditional dentures. However, they are a more comprehensive replacement method as they provide for missing tooth roots as well. This provides unmatched stability and protection for your jaw bone.
Tooth roots are essential to the jaw structure, and if they are missing, you may see your face and smile take on an aged appearance. Adults in their 30’s and 40’s with missing teeth can look significantly older compared to older patients who have opted for dental implant support dentures.
Durability and Comfort
Dentures, whether they are implant retained or not, require maintenance over time. Traditional dentures, especially those worn on the bottom arch, can slip out of place even with adhesives. This makes daily activities such as speaking and eating difficult.
Implant supported dentures are recommended for patients having trouble keeping their adhesive-based appliance in place. Since they utilize dental implants for support, this option provides superior stability and allows you to comfortably chew, speak, and laugh without worrying that your dentures will shift or fall out.
Dental implant posts are designed to last and are a reliable alternative to using adhesives to keep your prosthetic in place.
Impact on Overall Health
Ill-fitting dentures can result in difficulty eating, which in turn adversely affects your health. They also protect the jaw against rapid bone loss. Healthy bone results in a healthy facial aesthetic and overall confidence in your smile.
Patients in their late 20’s may be deterred by the long process and costs of dental implants. However, the benefits of a full and lasting smile make the costs well worth the investment. With proper care implants can last a lifetime, but traditional dentures require periodic adjustments over the years.
At ABA Dental Clinic, we provide all phases of dental implant restorations and treatment, including implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures in Thunder Bay. Call us to schedule an appointment today!