Implant-supported dentures are a great way to improve your smile after teeth loss occurs, but are they better than alternative teeth replacement solutions? This review discusses the pros and cons of implant-supported dentures, traditional dentures, fixed bridges, and more.
Reviewing implant-supported dentures and other replacement solutions
The four most common ways to replace teeth are implant-supported dentures, traditional dentures that are supported by the gums, crowns that are supported by implants, and fixed bridges. The preferable solution depends on a range of factors, including the number of teeth that are being replaced and the preference of the patient.
Implant-supported dentures are considered the most durable and long-lasting way to replace an entire row of missing teeth. There are three components to implant-supported dentures, which include the implants, the abutments, and the denture. The dentures are permanently fixed onto the implants, providing a more natural-like feel and function. They also preserve jawbone density, which is not the case with traditional dentures and fixed bridges.
Traditional dentures are still a great option for many patients, especially patients who would like to save money initially and do not want to go through the more extensive treatment process associated with dental implants. Traditional dentures are removable and are custom-made, and they can replace a section of missing teeth (partial) or an entire row (complete). However, there are some drawbacks to traditional dentures. Notably, they do not preserve jawbone density nearly as well as implant-supported dentures and crowns. They also last approximately five to ten years, whereas dental implants can last for more than fifteen years.
Implant-supported crowns are used to replace a single missing tooth, whereas implant-supported dentures can replace a section of missing teeth or an entire row. However, they work in a similar fashion as implant-supported dentures and include the implant, abutment, and prosthetic (the crown). They look and feel very natural and allow for optimal mouth function, along with offering excellent durability.
A fixed bridge can replace a single missing tooth or a small section of missing teeth. However, the patient must have healthy adjacent teeth (either natural teeth or dental implants). The bridge is anchored onto the adjacent teeth for a secure and permanent hold. Fixed bridges are not nearly as invasive as dental implants and look natural, but they do not offer the same level of durability as implant-supported partial dentures or crowns.
How to choose the best option
The best way to determine the most appropriate treatment option for replacing multiple missing teeth is to consult with a dentist that offers implant-supported dentures and alternative treatment solutions. They can explain the pros and cons of each option and help with the decision-making process.
Implant-supported dentures offer many unique benefits
Implant-supported dentures allow you to feel more confident and function better daily, along with improving and preserving your oral health. If you would like to learn more about transforming your smile through implant-supported dentures, then contact our team today by phone or message.
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