Patients with missing teeth have a variety of options available to them to restore their smiles’ function and aesthetic. Having the right dental prosthetic is essential to your lifelong comfort. Below we’ve highlighted the pros and cons of each treatment.
- Traditional dentures have been the standard option for patients who have lost a full arch of teeth. These prosthetics are fabricated using quality materials such as porcelain and acrylic to look and feel like natural teeth.
- Permanent or hybrid dentures replace missing teeth with an appliance that replicates the appearance and overall function of natural teeth. Hybrid dentures are attached to dental implants, which are inserted into the jaw to replace missing teeth roots.
- Tooth roots are essential to the jaw structure, and if missing, patients may experience a prematurely aged appearance. Adults in their 20’s with missing teeth can look significantly older compared to those who chose implant-supported dentures.
Durability and Comfort
Dentures, whether implant-supported or not, require maintenance over time. Traditional dentures, especially those worn on the bottom arch, can slip out of place even with adhesives. This lack of reliability makes daily activities such as speaking and eating difficult.
Permanent hybrid dentures are recommended for denture wearers because of their stability and oral health benefits. Since they utilize dental implants for support, this tooth replacement option allows you to comfortably chew, speak, smile, and laugh without worrying that your dentures will fall out.
Impact on Overall Health
Ill-fitting dentures can result in difficulty eating, impacting nutrition for the entire body. An effective dental prosthetic should restore function after tooth extraction.
Hybrid dentures also help preserve bone mass. Missing teeth cause changes to the structure of your teeth and jawbone density. Healthy bone results in a healthy facial aesthetic and an overall comfortable function of your smile.
Dental implant posts are biocompatible and designed to integrate with the jawbone. Dentures that are supported by implants are a healthy and reliable alternative to traditional dentures.
Young patients may be deterred by the cost of dental implants. However, the benefits of a healthy jaw and a full, stable, and long-lasting smile make the costs well worth it over time.
Dr. Brian Gurinsky provides the highest quality dental implants in Denver with unparalleled skill. Schedule an appointment today and get your smile back!