General Dentistry

Comparing Traditional and Implant Supported Dentures

Jul 24 • 2 minute read

Individuals missing most or all teeth in a dental arch often experience difficulties with regular functions, such as chewing and speech, and will notice that any remaining teeth are not as secure. At Century City Dental Associates, Dr. Richard Silvera and our team are committed to helping patients feel comfortable and confident in their smiles by providing natural-looking and effective options for full-mouth restorations through full and partial dentures.

We have created this guide to explain the differences between traditional and implant supported dentures and how they can benefit patients. Consider the following when looking for a restoration that meets your health and cosmetic goals:

Traditional Dentures

Full dentures are made from acrylic and ceramic to copy the natural appearance of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. These prosthetics are held in place using the natural suction of the palate and dental adhesive. Through dentures, individuals who are missing all of their teeth enjoy some improvement in bite function of their bite and a smile they can be proud of.

However, full dentures can accelerate bone resorption due to the excess pressure on the tops of the gums and lack of stimulation from tooth roots. The dependence upon adhesive also creates embarrassing slips of the prosthetic during meals and when speaking. After bone resorption has occurred, the dentures will need to be adjusted to provide a comfortable fit.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Dental implants integrate directly with the jawbone act as the root for your new dental prosthetic. Implant-supported dentures are affixed to two or more implants, allowing them to be as stable as possible. Dentures fixed to implants are sturdier than traditional prosthetics and never slide out of place when patients eat or speak. These restorations can also be fabricated for removability or placed permanently in the jaw, depending on the needs and preferences of a patient.

While implants are the gold standard for dental restorations, they require more invasive treatment than traditional dentures. Additionally, not all patients will immediately qualify for implant placement if they have been missing teeth for a long period of time or are experiencing gum disease.

To find out whether you qualify for implant-supported dentures and to schedule your consultation for lasting treatment, contact Dr. Richard Silvera today. We are committed to providing patients with the care necessary to create a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. 

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