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Traditional vs Implant Supported Dentures

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For patients with missing teeth, dentures can be a good option to replace a large number of teeth at once. However, traditional dentures don’t always have the best reputation. Fortunately, you have some alternative options to consider, such as implant supported dentures. Here is an overview of the differences between traditional and implant supported dentures.

Traditional Dentures

Traditional dentures are dental prosthetic devices that function as false teeth. Dentures are available as complete or partial versions, depending on how many teeth are missing. The device rests directly on your gums, allowing you to talk and chew normally. 

However, they require frequent adjustments to eliminate the risk of resorption, which risks jawbone loss. Some patients note that their dentures slip or move around in their mouths. They also may have trouble tasting and biting food. The acrylic palate of dentures that goes along the roof of your mouth can also change how food feels in your mouth. 

Implant Supported Dentures

Implant supported dentures use dental implants in the jawbone to anchor dentures in your mouth. There are a few different types, including removable overdentures, fixed implant bridges, and a hybrid version. Each type varies in cost and may require a different number of dental implants to place.

Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

There is a cost difference between the different types of dentures that could be the deciding factor for some patients. However, patients can expect a significant difference in performance based on the type of denture they choose. There are many benefits of implant supported vs traditional dentures. 

Reduce Bone Loss

Implant supported dentures can reduce the amount of bone loss that you experience when wearing dentures. One of the most significant issues that patients face with traditional dentures is resorption. This is less of a concern with implant supported dentures because the implants become a permanent part of the jawbone.

Less Slippage

Overall, implant supported dentures are more stable than traditional ones. You won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping around in your mouth while you’re trying to eat. You’ll also have enough stability in your teeth to eat sticky, tough, and firm foods that might otherwise be difficult to eat while wearing traditional dentures. 

More Comfortable Fit

Many patients report more comfort with implant supported dentures. Not only will you be able to taste food better, but you also won’t have to worry about your dentures moving around while you talk, laugh, or eat. This can make implant supported dentures feel more like natural teeth.

Ready to Get Started?

For most patients, implant supported dentures are an excellent alternative to traditional dentures. While it might take more time to place the dental implants and fit the dentures, it is worth it to have a better experience. If you’re considering dentures or implant supported dentures, call Smile Haus at (818) 348-6068 to schedule an appointment.