Dentures are removable prosthetic appliances made from a gum-colored acrylic base that supports denture teeth. A denture rests on the gums and gains much of its retention from the bony ridge that used to hold your natural teeth.
Upper dentures have greater retention because they cover the upper palate entirely, but this does cover up taste buds. Partial dentures work similarly but will frequently have a lightweight metal framework made from cobalt chrome, which provides additional strength.
Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone and closely replicate a real tooth root. Once in the jawbone, the small implant post bonds with the bone around it over several months, creating a strong and stable anchorage point for replacement teeth.
Dr. Leonard Umanoff can place multiple dental implants in the jaw to support multiple missing teeth or even an entire arch, eliminating the need for removable dentures.
The implant supported prosthesis may clip onto the dental implants directly or via a metal bar fitted over the implants, and this appliance is easily removable for cleaning. Alternatively, dental implants can support an implant retained bridge that is either screwed or cemented onto the implants and which is only removable by a dentist.
The benefits of choosing dentures include:
The drawbacks of choosing dentures include:
Deciding whether to have implants or to stick with full dentures is a big decision, but when you visit LuxDen Dental Center, our experienced dentist Dr. Leonard Umanoff will discuss all suitable solutions with you in greater detail. An initial consultation will determine your suitability for dental implants and allows you to explore all possible options.
Most people, when considering dental implants, will prefer a fixed implant bridge but may find it isn’t a cost-effective solution for them. People who have received an implant retained denture are usually extremely happy with their choice, and although they still have a removable appliance, it’s held so firmly in place that they can eat more comfortably and can socialize without fear of embarrassment.
A good ongoing oral care is crucial to keep dental implants healthy and free from infection. Caring for dental implants easy but requires commitment. If you cannot commit to a good oral care routine, dentures may be a preferable solution.