Traditional Dentures vs. Implant-Supported Dentures

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At Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, we offer several methods of tooth replacement. In fact, our Garner and Cary Family & Specialty offices specialize in prosthodontics—the form of dentistry that focuses on restoring and replacing your natural teeth with artificial prostheses. Our teams at these locations have completed advanced training in prosthodontics and are well-equipped to handle your tooth-replacement needs, dentures included. Here, you’ll learn more about the types of dentures we have to offer and which option might suit you best!

Partial Dentures

If you still have some teeth remaining in your gum line, partial dentures can be used to fill the empty space left behind by missing teeth. Your denture will be held in place with either metal or plastic clips that connect to the teeth surrounding your gap.

Full Dentures

For those needing to replace an entire arch of teeth, full dentures will be recommended over partials. Unlike partial dentures, full dentures are held in place by strong dental adhesives, rather than metal or plastic clips.

While traditional dentures have come a long way due to technical advancements in dentistry, they often require more work than their implant-supported counterparts. Sometimes, the adhesives can’t keep the dentures in place for an entire day, and patients need to reapply multiple times. With traditional dentures, another factor to take into consideration is that the jawbone will shift and deteriorate over time since it’s not being stimulated. This can necessitate many denture readjustments as your jawbone’s shape changes.

Implant-Supported Dentures

For ultimate stability and comfort, implant-supported dentures can be secured with as few as four dental implants. Dental implants are small, screw-like structures surgically placed into your jawbone. These serve as the foundation for your preferred dental restoration—in this case, a denture. Your prosthesis will contain sockets strategically aligned with the dental implants that allow the dentures to easily snap into place.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Unlike traditional dentures that can slip and slide throughout the day, implant-supported dentures offer a myriad of benefits for patients looking for a more reliable tooth replacement option. Their advantages include:

  • Dentures snap securely onto the implants, so they won’t budge or move around.
  • The implants stimulate the jawbone and prevent bone degeneration.
  • Implant-supported dentures look, feel, and function similar to natural teeth.
  • You will enjoy a full smile for the rest of your life with this permanent tooth replacement solution!

Dentures In Garner & Cary, NC

Ready to get started on your own set of dentures? Contact us to schedule your consultation with our professional team! We look forward to restoring your smile.

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