May 15, 2017
It’s actually more common than you might think for a patient to come to the dentist with a full arch of missing teeth. Many adults in the United States are completely or nearly edentulous (without any teeth in the mouth.) Those who seek dental assistance usually want to figure out if they are going to be better served with dental implants in Naperville, IL, or dentures.
The answer isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Although dentures used to be the go-to solution, they have been overshadowed by dental implant technology. Below are some considerations when choosing between dentures, dental implants and implant-supported dentures.
- Dentures are prosthetics that are made to fit your mouth according to your bone structure. They use suction to stay in place, as well as gels or creams. However, because they are not held in place, they tend to slip around. Plus, without constant massaging of the bone, the jawline eventually becomes misshapen, changing the way the dentures fit.
- Implant-supported dentures use implanted titanium-based posts in the mouth to provide anchors for your dental prosthesis. Although the prosthesis must be removed every evening, it stays locked in one spot until you’re ready to remove it. Implant-supported dentures help reduce the chances of bone loss because the posts stimulate bone growth.
- All-on-4® dental implants are a permanent solution for people who want a prosthesis that stays in their mouths all the time. With the All-on-4® dental implant process, the prosthesis is attached by the dentist to the implanted posts. It can only be removed at a dental facility, and can be treated like normal teeth.
Obviously, each type of replacement for missing teeth has to be carefully considered based on a thorough examination. To help you get started, why not make an appointment to discuss dentures and dental implants in Naperville, IL? That way, we can figure out the best way to solve your issues based on your personal health, history and goals.