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Traditional vs Implant-Supported Dentures

Dentures graphic of a persons lower jaw.

Traditional vs Implant-Supported Dentures

When you hear the word “dentures,” you automatically think of old people, right? Visions of the horror you felt the first time you saw Grandma’s teeth in a glass run through your brain giving you chills. The truth is that there are many reasons that people of all ages need dentures. Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel at Savannah Dental solutions are proficient in all of the newest dental technology and able to help you if you decide it is time for this process.

Reasons One Might Need Dentures

Although we all associate dentures with the elderly, plenty of other situations may put you in need of the procedure such as:

  • injury
  • gum disease
  • rotting teeth
  • abrasion of the enamel
  • and of course, age

Anything that would cause you to lose 4 or more teeth, can be a reason to talk to your dentist about the possibility of dentures.

Types of Dentures

There are two most common types of dentures (also known as “false teeth,) both with their own positive and negative aspects. It is important that you know the differences so that you make the best decision. A brief and informative consultation with your dentist will help you to decide which one is the proper choice for your mouth.

Traditional Dentures
These are the more conventional approach (like the type in the glass next to grandma’s bed.) They are formed to the shape of your mouth and rest on top of the gums and bone relying on them for structure and support. Some of the aspects of traditional dentures include:

  • Removable

This will allow them to be clean outside of the mouth. They will then be placed back in and held down with denture adhesive.

  • Affordable

Conventional method dentures are often much less expensive than other denture options.

  • Uncomfortable

They are known to rub against gums, creating sore spots. They also make it often difficult to chew making eating a lot of food (such as popcorn or apples) is no longer an option.

  • Jaw can shrink

With no teeth or implants to stimulate the jaw bone, the shape of the mouth tends to adjust. This will affect the shape of your mouth, causing you to have to have the dentures replaced.

Implant-Supported Dentures
This is a dental prosthesis which is supported by four or more
dental implants that are embedded in the bone. Since they do not rest on your gums but are instead adhered to actual bone and/or teeth, there is no need for glue. A few elements to consider include:

  • Long-lasting

This type of denture draws strength for the bone, which prevents slipping and allows for the preservation of the existing bone.

  • Less maintenance

Because they are not removable, only the dentist can take them out for occasional cleaning and upkeep. Otherwise, they are there for life.

  • Long Term Investment

Although implant-supported dentures can be more expensive than the traditional counterpart, they tend to last longer requiring fewer adjustments or replacements.

(or styles of implant-supported dentures) have become commonly used in modern dentistry as a solution to the problems found with a traditional denture. Most can be done in just a few visits, if not a single day.

(also known as “Teeth In a Day”) can replace the upper or lower quadrants of your teeth by using 4 specifically placed implants.

are also popular to replace smaller amounts of teeth than the entire upper or lower half by only needing as little as two teeth for placement.

The benefits over traditional dentures make both options popular due to the fact that these styles of dentures are realistic looking, comfortable and allow you to eat difficult foods such as corn on the cob, apples , and steak.

If you think that dentures may be right for you, contact Savannah Dental Solutions today at 912/354-1366 for a consultation. Or click herehere for more information. Dedicated to helping people in Savannah and the surrounding areas, this team of skilled professionals is ready to get you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Are Your Loose Dentures Slipping Away?

Set of dentures
Have you experienced tooth loss? Are you currently a denture wearer? Studies show that by the time you reach the age of seventy-four, about 26% of us will have lost all our permanent teeth.

Usually, the most widely-know solution has been dentures that slip over the gums. The unfortunate problem is the fact that the dentures that “slip” over your gums continue to slip, cause sores, and make it difficult to eat and speak. Dental adhesives can help but aren’t the ideal solution.

Not to paint a bleak picture, but the jawbone will deteriorate because the roots of the teeth no longer stimulate it. Dentures will need to be adjusted, realigned, or replaced.

New technologies and approaches are always being developed, but most patients haven’t considered dental implants. Dental implants are not new. They’ve proven the test of time and are a solid solution for many patients who require dentures.

What are Dental Implants?
In simple terms, dental implants are dentures that are anchored to your jaw. Patients report that these implanted dentures look and feel like natural teeth. There are options for implant-secured dentures that can be removed and cleaned. Or, you might decide that fixed implant dentures are right for you. This option becomes a permanent solution.

Talking with Dr. Schnabel will determine which option is available for your particular situation.

Immediate load implants are a relatively new approach where the entire procedure can happen in one visit. There’s no waiting time before you can immediately enjoy the benefits.

Overdentures are yet another option. Your bridge or denture is secured with implants and you’ll be amazed at the comfortable fit. They not only look great, but provide stability when eating and speaking.

Benefits of Dental Implants
• Easier to eat your favorite foods
• Implants are attached and won’t slip
• Implants look, feel and function like real teeth
• No adhesives to deal with
• Laugh, speak, and enjoy life as if they were your real teeth

How Successful are Dental Implants?
Each case varies, but a success rate of up to 98% is impressive. With the right care, your implants can last a lifetime.

Custom dentures may be the right choice for you. The denture plate is anchored so you don’t need to worry about slipping, shifting, tilting or other problems associated with this approach.

If you are ready to discuss the alternatives to dentures, let us know. Our goal is to bring back your confident smile and let you get back to living your life.

Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366

Dentures & Overdentures Dentist

Overdentures – The Answer for Slipping Dentures
If you have been wearing dentures for a number of years and are tired of and annoyed from the slipping, tilting, or wandering, we have a solution to these problems. With overdentures, your bridge or denture is secured with implants. Our dental team will give you a comfortable fit, and you will be happy with both the great look and stability when speaking and eating. They will return your confidence and keep you smiling.
Custom Dentures - Dentist Savannah GA Look Years Younger with Custom Dentures
Dentures may be replacements for loss of your natural teeth, but they do not help to maintain facial contours that give a more youthful appearance. We use special neuromuscular techniques to custom design your dentures. These take into account the relationships between your teeth, jaws, and facial muscles, in order to restore the facial contours that have been lost from aging or tooth loss. We also anchor your denture plate and eliminate all the worry and embarrassment from shifting and slipping. If you want to regain a more youthful appearance and be more comfortable and confident when eating and speaking, please ask us about our custom dentures.
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel

9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366