Stony Brook Dental Care is experienced in placing dental implants and attaching the dental restorations they support. One of the many dental implant restorations we provide are full and partial dentures. Complete arches of teeth can be replaced by the implant-supported full denture, with the denture requiring as few as four implants. Implant-supported partial dentures offer a proven way to replace various missing teeth without the need for healthy neighboring teeth. However, when compared to the initial monetary cost of their traditional counterparts, implant-based dentures may seem like an expensive treatment for the same teeth replacement service.
Why, then, are dental implant-supported dentures better than traditional dentures?
Strong Bite, Strong Jaw
With regards to full dentures, implant-supported dentures are going to be more secure and healthy than traditional dentures.
Someone with standard full dentures must rely on the natural suction of the mouth to keep their dentures in place. As the facial muscles, tongue, and the shrinking of the jaw creates too much room for proper suction, your full dentures can become unstable and difficult to use for chewing food. Dental implants, however, provide a far more stable base for your implants. Not only do they pin your dentures in place, but the surgically-placed implant posts help prevent jaw bone atrophy. By giving you a more secure bite for proper chewing and by protecting the health of your jaw, implant-supported full dentures outclass traditional full dentures.
Keeping Your Teeth Safe
Partial dentures traditionally need clasps wrapped around healthy existing teeth to be supported, but this can lead to longer-term oral health problems.
The metal or plastic clasps of traditional partial dentures help keep them more secure than suction alone. However, the metal clasps are known to erode and weaken the teeth they wrap around significantly. Additionally, the plastic clasps of flexible partials can trap bacteria and increase the supporting tooth’s risk of decay. People who use partial dentures could lose even more teeth and may have to acquire new dentures.
Implant-supported partial dentures, however, do not affect the health of neighboring teeth. The implants retain the partials, connecting your denture to the jawbone instead of overburdening your natural smile. Implant-supported dentures are better than traditional dentures because they can protect your oral health more effectively.
Price of Dental Restorations
As the above examples illustrate, traditional dentures are only cheaper than implant-supported dentures at first. The erosion of the jawbone and supportive teeth over time eventually necessitates the reworking, if not replacement, of traditional full and partial dentures. Implant supported dentures, however, do not face any erosion of the dentition. So long as your greater dental health is protected through a proper oral hygiene routine and regular trips to your Jeffersontown dentist, implant-supported dentures could last a lifetime.
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Located in Jeffersontown, Stony Brook Dental Care can provide implant-supported dentures to several communities within the Louisville metropolitan area. To learn more, contact
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