Full and partial dentures fit over the dental arch to replace missing teeth. Today’s patients have the choice of traditional or implant-supported dentures.
At Dr. James Altomare’s practice in Skillman, NJ, we discuss the differences between traditional vs. implant-supported dentures so you can make an informed decision about your treatment.
Traditional Dentures vs. Implant-supported Dentures: What Is the Difference?
Traditional and implant-supported dentures may outwardly appear similar, but the two restorative treatments replace missing teeth in unique ways.
How Traditional Dentures Work
Full and partial dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. Dentures typically consist of a row of natural-looking teeth that are attached to a strong pink or reddish base. The base attaches to the surface of your gums with the help of suction and denture adhesive.
How Implant-supported Dentures Work
The main difference between implant-supported dentures and traditional dentures is that implant-retained dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone through dental implants and abutments.
In order to receive implant-supported dentures, patients must first undergo dental implant placement. Once the posts have fully fused with your jawbone tissue, small metal devices called abutments are attached to the implants. The prosthetic then attaches to the abutments.
Which Restorative Option Is Right for Me?
There are many unique benefits for each restorative option. During your consultation at our Skillman dental office, Dr. Altomare will guide you through both treatments in detail.
Traditional dentures are lower in cost than implant-supported dentures. The treatment timeline for traditional dentures is only a few weeks while dental implants can require three to six months of recovery.
In addition, some patients do not have adequate jawbone mass to receive dental implants. Those individuals may need to undergo sinus lift surgery or bone grafting so the jawbone can support dental implants.
If you are on a limited budget and are seeking a quick and effective replacement for multiple missing teeth, a traditional denture may be a better option for meeting your needs. When properly cleaned and maintained, removable dentures can last for several years or longer.
Dental implants offer many unique benefits. The main advantage of implant-supported dentures is that your prosthetic will not slip out of place. Many of our Skillman patients have dental implants placed to avoid slipping dentures. Patients who have undergone dental implant placement report that the implants feel and function like natural teeth.
Another benefit of dental implants is that the titanium posts stimulate jawbone growth. This unique feature can prevent the development of the sunken appearance that is often associated with tooth loss.
Patients who seek implant-retained dentures should understand that implants come at a higher cost than traditional dentures. There is also a more significant investment of time required.
Regain the Benefits of Natural Teeth at Our Dental Office
Dr. Altomare brings state-of-the-art dental technology and many years of professional dental experience to restoring form and function to your smile. To learn more about the many benefits of traditional or implant-supported dentures, contact our office online or call (609) 921-1020.