As you get older, it is not uncommon for dental problems to arise, and even for some teeth to fall out or require extraction. This is often why older individuals start opting for prosthetic teeth, such as dentures. While traditional dentures have been around for some time, implant supported dentures are becoming more prevalent. One thing that some patients get confused about is the difference between implant supported and implant retained dentures.
Implant supported dentures are prosthetic teeth that are affixed to three or four implant posts that are embedded into the jaw bone. Typically, this type of denture is permanently affixed, which means you should not have to remove it for cleaning every night. A dentist such as Dr. Steven White or Dr. Brad Haines can check the denture attachments to ensure everything is order at your regular checkup.
Implant retained dentures are usually attached to two implant posts that are placed in the jaw bone. This type of denture is removable, which means it typically must be cleaned every night. This denture also involves several different attachments that may require monitoring by your dentist and replacement as they wear out.
The right type of denture depends largely on your needs. Sometimes, even dentures that rest on implants can rub the gums in such a way that is uncomfortable, so some patients may like the ability to remove the dentures. On the other hand, the implant supported variety are more likely to stay securely in place and help you to continue enjoying your favorite foods.
Every patient’s needs are different, and treatment that works for one might not work as well for another. The best way to know which option is right for your needs is to have a consultation with a dental professional. Contact our office in Cornelius, NC today to schedule your appointment with Dr. White or Dr. Haines.