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Traditional vs. Implant Retained Dentures (Snap On Dentures)

Do you need to replace all of your teeth? If you’re planning to have several dental extractions due to decay or gum disease, you’re likely asking yourself, “Which is better for me? A regular denture or one held in with dental implants?”

Before deciding on one or the other, it’s important to understand the difference between modern implant treatments and conventional denture designs. At Eastport Dental in Mesa, AZ, we offer both types of tooth replacement treatments to our patients. But if you have the option to choose one over the other, we’ll almost always recommend an implant retained denture.

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Here’s why:

Pros and Cons of Removable Dentures

Getting into a new denture is relatively inexpensive, or so it seems. While initially cheaper than other types of tooth replacement, a denture can cost more in the long run.

Why? Because conventional dentures will need to be replaced every so often as the acrylic wears out and your bone anatomy changes. Extensive wear can cause your jaw to shrink away, causing the prosthesis to feel loose or rub uncomfortably. In contrast, dental implants can last for life!

Getting used to your new prosthesis can take quite some time and practice. Due to the way they’re held in place, learning how to talk and eat with them will be different than what you’re normally used to. Dentures don’t allow for as much force when biting and chewing, so plan on cutting your foods up into smaller pieces or eating softer meals.

But if you need an immediate, affordable tooth replacement, dentures are worth considering.

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Advantages of Implant Dentures

Compared to a removable denture, implant supported designs offer a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Permanent or snap on denture
  • Added security throughout the day
  • No rubbing or sore spots
  • Slimmer design
  • Easier to talk and eat with
  • No gooey adhesives
  • Enhance current bone health
  • More comfortable to wear
  • Never fall out

Since dental implants are stronger than natural teeth, they’re able to support an extensive amount of weight. This means fewer dental implants are needed for something like a stabilized denture.

The modest investment in Mesa, AZ dental implant dentures will have a significant advantage on your personal and social life. Eating and speaking with a slimline (“All on 4”) implant denture will feel closer to what it was like when you had natural teeth. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about your appliance slipping out during a conversation. Avoid embarrassing social interactions and laugh with ease, knowing your smile is secure all day long.

Finally, there’s a big difference in your bone health if you have a Mesa, AZ implant denture as opposed to a removable plate. With standard dentures, the appliance rests on your gums and puts pressure on your jaw. Over time, this makes the bone shrink away (resorb.) As a result, it can change your facial profile and appearance.

In contrast, dental implants physically strengthen the bone inside of your jaw near their installation site. Through “osseointegration” your body forms new bone around the implant, permanently fusing the appliance in place and enhancing bone health. As a result, your jaw height is better preserved.

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Types of Implant Retained Dentures

Using dental implants to anchor your denture provides you with a few different options for smile reconstruction.

For instance, you can have your conventional denture stabilized with 2-4 implants for a more secure fit while still being able to take it out at the end of the day. This “Snap on Denture” offers the best of both worlds: easy care and maintenance with the integrity of implants underneath.

Or, you can elect to have a permanently anchored “All on 4” style implant denture. This prosthesis is more of a hybrid bridge-denture design that follows the natural contour of your smile.  It’s permanently attached onto four strategically placed dental implants, which are strong enough to support the weight of all your upper or lower missing teeth.

Which One is Right for You?

At Eastport Dental in Mesa, AZ, our dental implant treatments are tailored to the unique needs, health, budget, and concerns of our patients. Your treatment will be different from your neighbor’s.

During your consultation, we’ll discuss if you’re a candidate for implant supported dentures and what the process entails. If you qualify, we’ll create a customized plan that maps out the number of appointments and financing options.

Request an implant retained denture consultation today! Our Mesa, AZ snap on dentures can give you a reason to smile all over again.

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