Are you wondering what is the best way to replace your missing teeth? For many patients, dentures are a fantastic solution! They restore both the function and appearance of a beautiful smile. Dentures have been around for centuries, but modern dentures are exponentially better-looking, more comfortable, and more functional than those of the past. In this blog post, we give an overview of implant-stabilized dentures and traditional dentures. Both of these treatments are offered at our Littleton dental office. So if you’re wondering which option may be right for you, we’ve got answers.
Traditional Dentures: A Tried & True Solution to Missing Teeth
A full set of dentures consists of a smooth base topped with realistic-looking artificial teeth. They are custom-crafted to snugly fit against a patient’s gums. Traditional dentures are adhered with a special dental adhesive that keeps them in place when eating, chewing, speaking, singing, laughing, etc. Partial dentures are also available for those missing only a few teeth.
Implant-Stabilized Dentures: A Strong & Durable Smile
With a few as four dental implants, a patient’s dentures can be secured to their gums without a dental adhesive. Dental implants consist of titanium rods, the replacement tooth roots, implanted below the gumline into the jawbone. After these rods fuse with the jawbone, custom-made dentures can be snapped on top during the day and removed at night. These implant-stabilized dentures won’t budge, slip, or move. They also help prevent deterioration of jawbone density that can occur in areas without tooth roots.
Which Is Right for You?
Both types of dentures can give you the beautiful and functional smile you’ve been missing. At your consultation, we can help you decide which type of denture is right for you. Traditional dentures are cost-effective but require the use of adhesives; implant-stabilized dentures are more secure but the process is longer because it involves oral surgery. If you are not ready for the commitment of time and money required by dental implants, traditional dentures may be better suited for your restoration needs.
Restore Your Smile at Summit Family Dentistry!
Would you like to discuss your options for replacement teeth with our friendly team? We’d be thrilled to help you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our dental office in Littleton, CO.