Implant Retained Dentures Vs. Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures were once the only option for patients who were missing most or all of their teeth. While there have been numerous advancements that have improved the functionality and aesthetic appearance of traditional dentures, there have also been significant strides made in implant technology. Instead of resting directly on the gums, implant retained dentures provide a stronger, more stable solution for patients with missing teeth. Implant retained dentures are removable and snap onto a titanium implant that is placed in your jawbone. Doing so eliminates many of the issues associated with traditional dentures, such as causing sores to develop on the gums or slipping out while talking or eating. Implant retained dentures also expand the types of foods a person can enjoy compared to traditional dentures.
One important difference between implant retained dentures and traditional dentures is the cost and time involved in having the procedure performed. Traditional dentures can be fitted and ready for use in a relatively short time, do not require a surgical procedure, are much less expensive, and are typically covered by dental insurance plans. Implant retained dentures are more expensive, will take several months to complete, and will require surgical intervention. Following the placement of the titanium implants, patients will also have to undergo a recovery period of around seven to ten days, during which they will experience some mild discomfort and swelling. Following this, it will take several months for the titanium posts to fuse with your jawbone, after which the implant retained denture can be placed.
Which One is Right for Me?
Because of the cost and time involved, it is natural for patients to wonder if implant retained dentures are worth the hassle and if traditional dentures are the better option. While traditional dentures will provide results faster and at a much more affordable rate, it is important to keep in mind that implant retained dentures have a very high patient satisfaction rate, compared to traditional dentures. Many patients who have switched from traditional dentures to implant retained dentures express that they wish they would have had the procedure performed sooner due to improvements like the following:
- Dentures do not become loose or slip out while you are talking or eating
- Improved ability to bite and chew, which means you are able to enjoy different types of food.
- Significantly more comfortable
- Will not rub against the gums and cause sore spots
- Far less daily maintenance
- Looks and feels like your natural teeth
- Increased self-confidence from having a full smile again
- Halts the progression of jawbone deterioration and reduces the risk of developing other oral health issues
- Minimal surgical risk
If you have additional questions about whether traditional dentures or implant retained dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation with your periodontist. They will be able to answer your questions and offer their professional opinion as to which treatment option best aligns with your specific needs and treatment goals.