Losing your teeth doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to a confident, comfortable smile. While weighing your options, you may wonder if traditional or implant-supported dentures offer the best quality of life. At Pro Smile Dental Care, we’ve got the pros and cons to help you make an informed choice.
You can still enjoy the following with either dentures or implants.
- A Great Smile
- Your Favorite Foods
- Ease Of Care
How To Decide Between Dentures & All On 4 Dental Implants
Here are some questions to ask yourself and your care team when making the decision.
- Does this option look, feel, and work like natural teeth?
- How will this tooth replacement affect my overall dental health?
- Can I eat my favorite foods?
- Will my speech be affected?
- Will my new teeth make me look older?
- What will my dental upkeep look like?
- How long will my new teeth last?
The Pros & Cons Of Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures might make you think of teeth soaking in a glass on a bathroom counter. These artificial teeth are attached to an acrylic base and sit on top of your gums with the help of suction, adhesives, and the muscles in your mouth.
Pros Of Conventional Dentures
- You can replace all or some teeth with full or partial dentures.
- Teeth are easy to replace for cleaning and adjustment.
- Both the teeth and base look natural.
- Regular dentures can be lower cost – better for small budgets.
- You can have a new smile in a matter of weeks.
- Eligibility doesn’t depend on jawbone condition.
Cons Of Traditional False Teeth
- Adhesives can be messy and may be applied multiple times daily.
- Your new teeth may feel big or bulky as you adjust.
- You cannot wear dentures while you sleep.
- Your false teeth may warp and need adjustments or replacement every 5 to 7 years.
- There are many types of foods you should avoid. Food may feel or taste different.
- Slippage can be embarrassing.
- You may have issues with clear speech.
- You will lose bone mass, which makes you look older.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures, All On 4 Implants, full-mouth implants, snap-in dentures, or denture implants are all different names for the same, more permanent form of tooth replacement. Titanium posts are placed below your gums into your existing jawbone. These form the secure attachment points for a smile you can rely on.
Your new teeth may be bar-retained or ball-retained, making them easy to snap out or more stable and permanent.
Pros Of Denture Implants
- No worries about slippage or food limitations.
- Care involves the brushing and flossing you are used to.
- Your new teeth can last 20+ years with proper care.
- Anchors prevent bone loss. You avoid that sunken-face look.
- New technologies make the procedure much faster.
- Implants look and feel like natural teeth.
- You can switch from traditional to implant-supported dentures.
Cons Of Full Dental Implants
- You may need additional procedures to be eligible.
- Depending on your oral health, you may need to wait longer as you heal.
- Implant-supported dentures are more expensive upfront but also last longer.
They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. – The ADA
Discover The Best Tooth Replacement Option For You
Your dentist can help you decide based on your specific dental health and lifestyle goals. If you live in Danville, CA, San Ramon, or the East Bay Area, the Pro Smile Dental Care dental team invites you to see us. Call today to make your appointment and get your smile back.