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:
- 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.
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:
This will allow them to be clean outside of the mouth. They will then be placed back in and held down with denture adhesive.
Conventional method dentures are often much less expensive than other denture options.
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.
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:
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 Flexible Dentures Right For You?
Your natural teeth are always the best, but if you lose them due to dental disease or trauma, there are options to help restore both your smile and your ability to chew. If you select dentures rather than dental implants, there are several different types from which to choose. A lesser-known type that is perfect for some situations is a soft, customized flexible denture. Here’s what you should know.
Traditional dentures consist of an acrylic base, possibly with a metal support structure below. Artificial teeth of resin or porcelain are attached, which can appear highly realistic.
However, it can be tough to get used to traditional dentures. A partial denture uses metal clasps or precision attachments to connect to the natural teeth, which may interfere with functionality and can be visible when speaking or smiling. A full upper denture uses suction to adhere to the roof of the mouth, while a full lower denture rests on the gums. Traditional dentures can cause mouth soreness, and they may slip and pinch. The acrylic base can also cause allergic reactions.
Flexible dentures consist of a clear, soft, nylon base that is highly unlikely to trigger an allergy. The natural gums show through, while the material clings to the gums on its own. No attachments, clasps, or adhesives are required. Flexible dentures are more comfortable than traditional dentures, and many people find it easier to speak and chew. Flexible dentures are also far less likely than traditional dentures to break if they are dropped.
Disadvantages of Flexible Dentures
Of course, like any other medical device, flexible dentures are not right for everyone. The nylon base is more likely than a rigid acrylic base to build up bacteria that can cause gingivitis. If you are prone to gum disease, it is especially important to remove the dentures twice per day and thoroughly brush them with a soft toothbrush, and then use a medicated mouthwash.
Some patients also notice that flexible dentures provide less bite strength than rigid traditional dentures. Of course, dental implants are the best way to restore virtually all of your original bite strength, but whether flexible dentures cause problems for you depends in part on your normal dietary habits and how many teeth you are missing.
No single solution is right for everyone. If you are missing teeth, your dentist will work with you to find the restoration that best fits your needs, budget, and goals for treatment. For many patients who do not want dental implants, though, flexible dentures are a more comfortable and less visible alternative to traditional dentures on an acrylic base.
Want to Learn More?
If you want to learn more about how we can keep your entire family’s smiles in tip top shape, contact Savannah Dental Solutions today at (912) 354-1366 for more information or to schedule an appointment.