Dental Care of North Carolina is proud to offer outstanding, time-tested solutions for replacing missing teeth, including dentures. Traditional and implant-supported dentures may appear similar, but each type of restoration restores your smile in unique ways. Talk to one of our team members to determine which tooth replacement method works best for you.
How Do Traditional Dentures Work?
Traditional dentures typically consist of natural-looking teeth attached to gum-colored plastic bases. They stay in place sometimes with suction- the upper, the lower rests in place-at times patients require adhesive to hold them down. To maintain suction, they need to make a good seal against the gums. The bone and gums will continue to shrink year by year creating space and looseness of the dentures. The best you can hope to function with full dentures is around 17% when compared to having all your natural teeth with functioning of 100%
How Do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?
The main difference between a traditional denture and its implant-supported counterpart is that the latter is anchored directly into the jawbone using dental implants. The procedure involves first placing titanium screw-like posts in the jaws that fuse with the bone of the jaw. When healing is complete, we attach metal connectors called abutments to the implants, then secure the dentures to them either with clips, metal attachments or screwed in place with incredibly natural-looking and feeling results.
Which Denture Option Is Right for You?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Gross will discuss each type of restoration’s benefits and help you determine the option that works best for you.
Traditional Dentures: Traditional dentures offer a more affordable restorative option than implant-supported dentures. Their treatment timeline is short, unlike implant-supported dentures, which take three to six months to place while waiting for healing to take place. Moreover, if you do not have adequate jawbone mass to receive implants, you may want to consider traditional dentures. When properly cleaned and maintained, your restorations will enhance your smile and quality of life for several years.
Implant-Supported Dentures: These restorations offer many unique benefits. Their main advantage is that the titanium implants mimic the function of natural tooth roots, stimulating the jaw bone, and preventing bone loss. Implants also provide the dentures with stability and support comparable to your natural teeth. Your new restorations deliver unparalleled comfort. They will allow you to speak with clarity and to enjoy your favorite foods without restrictions. With proper care, your implant-supported dentures can last a lifetime!
Traditional and Implant-Supported Dentures in Morrisville and Greensboro
Visit Dental Care of North Carolina to learn more about our traditional and implant-supported dentures. We will work with you to determine the best type of restoration for your unique needs. We look forward to restoring your beautiful, functional smile. Call us and schedule your appointment today!