September 17, 2018

Advances in dental technology have given patients many options when it comes to dental prosthetics. There are reasonable and affordable options for fixing one or a few missing teeth, but what if you have a full arch missing and need dentures to restore the use of your teeth? It may surprise you to learn that you have a couple of choices: implant-supported dentures and traditional dentures.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures involve a procedure where Dr. Patrick Moriarty first places a few (typically up to four) titanium posts in the jawbone. Once the posts fuse to the bone – a process known as osseointegration – the implants are solidly in place and can support a denture attachment. While this tends to be the more expensive option, there are a few benefits:

  • Reduced chance of dentures slipping
  • Eat the foods you love
  • Care for the dentures like natural teeth
  • Support the jawbone to reduce deterioration

Traditional Dentures

Some patients may be better candidates for traditional dentures. With the traditional option, patients are measured and fitted for custom dentures, which can be applied to the gums using bonding strips or a bonding paste. Patients should keep in mind the following about the traditional denture route:

  • Includes dietary restrictions
  • Requires refitting as the jaw atrophies
  • Must be removed and cleaned each night

Consulting Your Dentist

Whether you go with implant supported dentures or traditional dentures depends on your unique situation. Implants are an obvious choice due to their ability to mimic natural teeth and their longevity. The procedure is also more affordable than it was in the past. Either way, it is important to consult with your dentist to determine the best course of treatment.

Schedule a Visit Today

The first step in deciding if you need dentures at all is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moriarty. To learn more about the many dental options we offer, contact our office in Lawrence, KS to make an appointment today!



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