Which Type of Denture is Right For Me?
Dentures may be the right restorative solution for patients who are looking for affordability, convenience, and speed of repair. These types of prosthetics don’t have roots like natural teeth, and they won’t be anchored in any way to your mouth. Instead, dentures simply rest on top of the soft tissue and can be removed whenever the patient desires.
Although finding the right denture can be a challenge for some patients, Dr. Ryan is an experienced prosthodontic specialist who can design the ideal prosthetic for your mouth. The final result will look beautifully natural and feel very comfortable when worn. Please contact us here in Jacksonville to schedule a consultation. We’ll evaluate your oral health and help you to find the best tooth replacement solution for your unique needs.
What are Full Dentures?
Also called a Traditional Denture or Conventional Denture. Complete (or full) dentures are necessary when a patient has lost all of the natural teeth along an arch of the mouth. Additionally, complete dentures may be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are not made until after all remaining teeth have been removed from the desired arch and the patient’s gum tissue has fully healed. This process will likely take at least four to six weeks. Alternatively, immediate dentures are created in advance of the tooth extraction and soft tissue healing process, so they can be provided to the patient right away. This means that patients won’t have to spend any time without the teeth they need to speak, chew, and smile with complete confidence.
Pros: Conventional dentures are usually relatively affordable when compared to their implant-supported counterparts. The process for a new pair of dentures typically takes only a few weeks, so you can start using them right away. Cons: This method of denture appliances require to be held in place by a dental adhesive, which can be messy and may need to be re-applied throughout the day. You cannot wear them while you sleep and must store them in a glass of water or denture soaking solution.
What is an Implant Retained Denture?
Sometimes referred to as Snap-On Dentures. An implant-retained denture uses small posts to replace the roots of missing teeth. These implant posts can be used to support either partials or full dentures closely mimicking the natural function of your smile. You can choose to receive a fixed implant denture or a removable overdenture based on your specific needs. Fixed implant dentures are attached by our Prosthodontist and need to be removed by a dentist. You can brush your fixed implant-supported replacement teeth just like regular teeth, and they offer a long-lasting tooth replacement option. Overdentures offer a combination of the benefits of implant fixed dentures and removable dentures. They are snapped into place over dental implants, but patients are able to remove them on their own at home for ease of cleaning and comfort during sleep.
Pros: These sturdy dentures have many benefits, including strength, stability and the ability to last for decades. Because implant-supported dentures are attached directly to the implant posts, they can be used like natural teeth. Conventional dentures rely on the mouth muscles and gums for support, while implant-retained dentures are anchored by strategically-placed implants in the jawbone. Cons: Although implant-supported dentures are an excellent option for many patients, they do not work for everyone. Jawbone density is required, can wear out quicker than regular dentures, and they are more costly than traditional dentures.