Complete tooth loss is never a fun experience to face. In fact, it can cause individuals to lose confidence in their smile and even affect one’s ability to chew food effectively. Your teeth are just as affected as your body from the aging process and can begin to show signs of wear and tear. While dentists can try and repair and strengthen your teeth with dental crowns, teeth may eventually be damaged beyond repair and require an extraction. Whether you have lost all your teeth from age, decay, injury, disease, or extraction – both traditional dentures and implant dentures are available to restore the aesthetics and function back to your smile.
Discussed below are the pros and cons to traditional dentures and implant dentures to help you decide which is better suited for you. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Lake Lanier Smiles to learn more about the benefits of replacing your missing teeth with dentures. Please contact our Buford, GA practice today online or give us a call at (770) 831-0559.
Pros of Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures have a gum-colored base and teeth that resemble natural enamel. The materials used are designed for both aesthetics and durability. The base of the denture will be custom-made so that it fits comfortably over your gums. While typically held in place with gravity and suction, to provide added security you can use a biocompatible adhesive. Traditional dentures are an affordable option to replacing an entire arch of teeth. Most people can receive their restorative device in just a few weeks time.
Cons of Traditional Dentures
Teeth roots are designed to keep your jawbone stimulated. Because traditional dentures rest directly on the gums, your jawbone will begin to show signs of atrophy. Over time, this can result in facial structural changes and ill-fitting dentures. This can cause your device to create a clicking sound or shift and fall out of place when eating or talking. Ill-fitting dentures can cause discomfort and embarrassing social encounters. To ensure your device remains secure, you will need to have it replaced every five to seven years. While initially affordable, costs can begin to add up.
Pros of Implant Dentures
Implant dentures are supported by dental implants that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. These titanium posts are designed to mimic your natural tooth roots and able to provide unparalleled support and stability compared to traditional dentures. Because the nerves within your jawbone remain stimulated, it promotes healthy bone growth. With implant dentures there are no food restrictions and you never have to fear your device dislodging when eating or speaking. Implant dentures can last up to 30 years and have proven to improve oral health.
Cons of Implant Dentures
Because implant dentures involve the placement of dental implants, there is mild oral surgery involved that requires a four to six month healing period before the restoration can be secured. If you are looking for immediate results, an implant denture is not the way to go. Implant dentures come at a higher price point, resulting in more out of pocket expense initially. However, because they are designed to last, many consider implant dentures a long-term investment into their oral health.
Which is Right for You?
To determine whether traditional dentures or implant dentures is right for you, we invite you to meet with one of our dentists at our Buford, GA practice. You can request an appointment online or simply call (770) 831-0559 to schedule a consultation.