Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures: What to choose and why?
Losing some or all teeth can be a traumatic experience for many people. They may wonder whether they can restore the functionality of the teeth ever again. Such people usually suffer from low self-confidence and low self-esteem. Smiling or talking to others may gradually reduce since they fear the embarrassment it could cause and the thought that others may notice the gaps due to missing teeth. Dentures are one of the best teeth replacement options. There are two ways in which dentures can be used. One is traditional dentures, and the other one is implant-supported dentures. Let’s learn more about what each of them is and their differences.
What are traditional dentures?
Traditional dentures are composed of an acrylic base attached to a set of prosthetic teeth. It is placed over the gums, and you can easily remove it when cleaning. However, there is always a possibility of dentures moving or shifting when you eat or talk. It happens because traditional dentures are not attached to the jaw bone. It is where challenges may occur since a natural tooth never moves or shifts. Some of the problems people face while using traditional dentures include problems eating food, speech problems, discomfort, and mouth sores. Traditional dentures could last for as long as five to ten years if maintained properly.
What are implant-supported dentures?
Implant-supported dentures address various issues and challenges while using traditional dentures. One of the key benefits of implant-supported dentures is that they do not move or shift while talking or eating. It is the only type of tooth replacement method that stimulates bone growth rather than allowing the jaw to be affected.
The implant is a titanium screw designed to replace the root of the teeth that have been lost or missing. It is directly inserted into the jawbone. The dentist will place a crown or a full denture appliance over these implants to restore the functionality of the teeth. Even though the dentures are made up of acrylic, it is hooked into the implants with the help of a latching system. Thus the dentures function similarly to that of a natural tooth, and they will not be able to move when talking or chewing.
Implant-supported dentures can be removable and non-removable.
Removable: Removable dentures are fixed with traditional implants and can be removed for cleaning purposes at night or after meals.
Non-removable: These types of dentures are permanently attached to the implants. You can brush and floss normally without removing it.
Implant-supported dentures vs. traditional dentures
Even though both traditional and implant-supported dentures share the same goal, which is to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, each has a few differences. Traditional dentures are loose around the oral cavity, whereas implant-supported dentures are held firmly in place with the help of implants. Those wearing implant-supported dentures feel they can normally chew and speak compared to traditional ones. The adjustment period for implant-supported dentures is much less compared to traditional dentures. However, the osseointegration of the implants takes a longer duration. Traditional dentures are to be soaked overnight in a solution, whereas implant-supported dentures should be cleaned using a gentle toothbrush and denture cleaning solution.
Each patient may have unique requirements. The dentist will perform a careful oral examination to decide which of the two options is suitable for the patient. You can ask any concerns or questions you may have about traditional dentures and implant-supported dentures treatment with your dentist during the decision-making process.