Published: 06/13/2018

Traditional dentures have long been a popular restoration option for missing teeth. They are natural looking and affordable. Many denture wearers, however, have a list of complaints about dentures due to their instability. Held in place with glue or paste, removable dentures can slip or shift when you talk, eat, or laugh. Another option, implant supported dentures, combines the affordability of dentures with a few strategically placed dental implants, to provide stability and many other advantages over traditional dentures in Rockville, MD.

Implant Supported Dentures vs. Traditional Dentures

Comfort: Traditional dentures rest directly on the gum line, which can irritate the soft tissue. Many denture wearers suffer with sore spots from the prosthetic rubbing on the gums. Conversely, implant supported dentures are secured to implants, providing greater comfort.

Stability: Implant supported dentures are affixed to four dental implants. These implants are integrated with the bone to provide ultimate stability. Conventional dentures, on the other hand, are held in place with adhesives and can be unreliable. Dentures often shift or move, which can create clicking noises when you talk and also make eating more difficult.

Bone Health: When a tooth is lost, bone loss follows. Your tooth roots stimulate the jawbone to promote healthy bone volume levels. Dental implants mimic this relationship, preventing the process from occurring. Dentures, however, do not. Because traditional dentures in Rockville, MD, simply rest on the gum line, they allow the bone resorption to continue.

Affordability: An arch of traditional dentures will cost less than implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures, in turn, cost less than replacing an arch with individual implant.

For anyone who is considering tooth restoration, a consultation with a periodontist is essential. There are many replacement options, all with unique advantages and disadvantages. Call our office to schedule a visit with Dr. Steven N. Rice. Our specialist has extensive knowledge and experience with tooth replacement and can help you get the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.

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