If you are about to lose all your teeth, know that you have many options for replacing them. Not all are created equal, so it’s important to understand the benefits and disadvantages of each option. Your dentist can provide more specifics about each treatment so you can know what to expect. But in general, the overviews of the three main options for replacing your missing teeth are listed below:
Traditional dentures are fitted to your gums and remain in place using pastes and natural suction. Modern dentures are custom designed to look natural in your mouth, without costing a fortune. With modern technology, they can be made to fit more snuggly and securely in your mouth. However, dentures only restore 10% of biting and chewing function. Over time, they will become ill-fitting and loose because they do not address the bone loss that occurs in the jaw without natural teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are the affordable upgrade to removable dentures. Because they’re secured in place with dental implants, they provide greater stability for biting and chewing. Implant supported dentures can either be removable or permanent, with a bar or ball-retained attachment to the implant posts. Though a cost-effective option for the level of function they provide, they may not offer the support or natural aesthetics that some patients desire.
Full Mouth Dental Implants
Full mouth dental implants are the only permanent replacement for missing teeth. This solution is comprised of four or more dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone that attach to a custom-made bridge of life-like teeth. Full mouth dental implants are the closest thing to a full set of natural teeth, providing lasting function and health benefits when properly cared for. For many patients, this solution makes it possible to restore an active, social, and healthy life with teeth that look, function, and feel completely real. They are the most expensive option, but many dentists offer third-party dental financing to help you pay for them.
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