Dentures Vs. Implant Retained Dentures
Rendered image of a implant-retained dental bridge at Keith A. Boenning, DDS in Towson, MDTooth loss is a serious issue that affects every aspect of your life. There are several issues that can lead to tooth loss, including gum disease, facial trauma, and severe tooth decay. No matter what the cause, losing your teeth affects your abilities to eat and speak. They also significantly impact the quality of your smile as well as your confidence. When you suffer the loss of a full arch of teeth, you do have options. At Keith A. Boenning, DDS, we can replace your missing teeth with dentures or implant retained dentures.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are the traditional treatment for replacing missing teeth. This treatment consists of acrylic resin teeth that are set into an acrylic, gum-colored base. Your denture is made from an impression of your mouth. The base is made to sit directly on your gums, relying on the tissue for the support it needs to function properly. Dentures have been in use for a few hundred years. The dentures we provide today, however, are much different from dentures from even just a couple of decades ago. They are designed to look much more realistic and feel much less bulky.

Pros and Cons of Dentures

Dentures offer several benefits.

•  Your smile is restored. The materials used for modern dentures provide you with a much more realistic appearance.
•  You can eat many of your favorite foods again.
•  Your digestion and nutrition improve.
•  You can speak normally again.

There are also a few disadvantages associated with dentures as well.
•  Dentures can slip out of place or fall out. This can cause painful denture sores as well as embarrassing situations.
•  You need to relearn how to speak with dentures.
•  Dentures cannot stop bone loss in your jaw. The bone continues to weaken and change shape, and your dentures will eventually need to be replaced.

What are Implant Retained Dentures?

Implant retained dentures are a type of denture that uses dental implants for stability. These dentures put a majority of your bite pressure on your gums, but the implant posts help to secure the denture in place, preventing it from slipping around or falling out. This helps to give you greater confidence while using your dentures. Like traditional dentures, your replacement teeth are still removable and should be removed for cleaning. Unlike traditional dentures, however, you are provided with much greater stability.

Pros and Cons of Implant Retained Dentures

Benefits of implant retained dentures include:
•  Greater stability. Your teeth are held securely in place by your implants, which prevents them from slipping and falling out of place.
•  Stable dentures mean you can eat and speak with confidence. You do not have to worry about your teeth falling out, which helps to prevent embarrassment.
•  Implant retained dentures use fewer implants that implant supported dentures, which makes them more affordable. Additionally, less surgery is needed.
•  Implants can be placed where your jawbone is strongest, which helps to avoid the need for a bone graft.

While implant retained dentures provide many significant benefits, they also have their drawbacks as well.
•  Surgery is necessary to place the implant posts.
•  With surgery, there is a recovery period involved.
•  Implant retained dentures tend to cost more than traditional dentures.

If you have suffered tooth loss, replacing those teeth right away. To learn more about dentures and implant retained dentures, and to find out which option is right for you, call Keith A. Boenning, DDS at (410) 828-1717 to schedule your consultation today.
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