Are you considering dentures? Have you also thought about dental implants? At Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group in Boston, MA, our doctors can help you determine which type of dental prosthetic is best for your needs.
As board-certified prosthodontists, our doctors offer the latest techniques for treating tooth loss and rehabilitating your smile with traditional dentures or implant-supported dentures. Thanks to our extensive training and experience, our prosthodontists can give you the information you need to decide between both options.
Virtually anyone who is missing most or all of their teeth is a good candidate for traditional dentures. However, you will need to have a healthy smile. Gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health conditions will need to be treated before you can receive your dentures.
People who need dentures usually have no teeth or a few weak and unhealthy teeth. Chewing food may be difficult or impossible. Dentures can restore your ability to bite and chew, so you’ll no longer have to restrict your diet to soft foods.
Traditional dentures can also improve your health. Since you’ll be able to eat what you want, you’ll be able to maintain a healthy diet. In addition, your oral health is closely related to your systemic health, so a healthier smile can improve your overall health.
Because dentures provide a new, full set of teeth, many patients feel more self-confident speaking, smiling, and laughing. With dentures, your smile will look natural and beautiful.
Implant-supported dentures are also a good choice for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth. However, unlike traditional dentures, which are held in place by adhesive or suction, implant-supported dentures are held in place by dental implants, so they are a good option for patients who want added stability and peace of mind. To qualify for implant-supported dentures, you’ll need to be healthy enough for implant surgery and have good jawbone density. If you’ve suffered bone loss, you may need bone grafting. This procedure helps bone tissue regenerate, so your mouth can become healthy prior to having dental implants.
Dental implants offer the same benefits as dentures. However, implants have additional benefits, including stability, longevity, and reliability.
Implants are small, titanium rods secured into the jawbone. They hold replacement teeth in place without the help of dental adhesive. Because they are embedded in the jawbone, implants are as stable as your natural tooth roots. While dentures can become loose or slide out of place, implant-supported dentures will not move. Loose dentures can become a point of embarrassment, particularly when dining out. Meanwhile, implant-supported dentures ensure total confidence when eating with friends or colleagues. You can even enjoy crunchy veggies and chewy meats without worrying.
While dental implants are a big investment, they are incredibly reliable. With proper care and regular visits to the dentist, your implants won’t need to be replaced.
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