Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can be placed in rows or utilized one at a time, offering a cost-effective and reliable tooth replacement option.
Full dentures are used to replace an entire arch of teeth. They help to restore function, bite tension, strength, and a more attractive appearance to smiles impacted by several missing teeth.
Dentures are commonly held in place with saliva and dental adhesives. When careful attention is paid to eating and speaking, dentures secured in this manner can help to restore most of the biting and chewing functions of your natural teeth. However, risks of dentures coming loose or falling out are still preset when dentures are held in place with adhesives.
The Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures
Implant-retained dentures are held in place by dental implants. There are several advantages to this method of securing dentures, including:
- Complete restoration of biting, chewing, and speaking abilities
- No risk of dentures coming loose or falling out
- No need to remove dentures for cleaning
- Enhanced aesthetics
In addition to these benefits, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that helps to prevent structural changes to the jaw. This is because dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth. In so doing, they play a crucial role in maintaining proper jaw density.
Dentures secured with adhesives cannot prevent the jaw from shrinking and will need to be adjusted and replaced over time. By contrast, implant-supported dentures can help to prevent bone loss and offer a longer-lasting solution.
Implant-retained dentures are secure, reliable, and attractive, but require enough jawbone density to support the implants. If you lack the structure to secure dental implants adequately, bone grafting may be necessary before placement. Mini dental implants may also offer a suitable solution in these cases. During your initial consultation, we can help you pick the best option for your needs.
It is always beneficial to replace missing teeth. We offer many solutions for this common concern. Please call our Greenville office at 864-288-5300 or our Landrum office at 864-457-3425 to schedule a consultation and learn more.