Implant Supported Dentures vs Conventional Dentures

When people consider teeth replacement options and dentures, they generally picture conventional dentures. While these are a common replacement option, they aren’t the only one that is available. Another option that may be available is implant-supported dentures.

Below is more information about what implant-supported dentures are, what traditional dentures are, and which choice is best for you.

What Are Traditional (Conventional) Dentures?

Traditional dentures (also referred to as “conventional dentures”) are a common replacement option for patients that need to replace an entire row of teeth. These prosthetics are custom-made to fit the mouth of the patient. They rest on the gums and aren’t secured in place. This makes them very easy to remove, but also not as secure as implants.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures involve the placement of titanium posts in the jawbone to secure the dentures in place. These forms of dentures take multiple implants to place (but may take as little as four).

Implant dentures can either be secured so they cannot be removed by the patient, or they can be constructed to allow the patient to snap the dentures in and out of place. While snap-in dentures are easier to remove, they don’t offer the same security as more “fixed” forms of implant-supported dentures.

Which Is Right for Me?

The choice of which is right for you will depend on what is available for you and what your personal preferences are. If your dentist is able to place implant-supported dentures, then you may have the option between those and traditional dentures. If you aren’t a candidate for implant-supported dentures, though, you’ll need traditional dentures.

What Goes into the Cost of Implant-Supported Dentures?

There are a few factors that determine the cost of implant-supported dentures. The dentist you choose, where you live, your insurance coverage, and more will determine the overall and out-of-pocket costs. You’ll also need to consider additional procedures that may be required. A bone graft, for instance, can be costly, but it may be required to have dental implants placed.

If cost is a major factor, traditional dentures may be the right choice. They are a less expensive option. With that said, they are also a good in-between if you decide to save up for implant-supported dentures.

How Long Do Implant-Supported Dentures Last?

The implants of implant-supported dentures can last a lifetime, but the denture prosthetics themselves will only last around 10 to 20 years. At that point, your dentist will need to replace them. If you take proper care of them, though, they will last longer.

Contact Us Today

If you would like to learn more about the difference between conventional dentures and implant-supported dentures and you would like to see which is right for you, set an appointment today. We’ll take a look at your gums and jawbone and see if you are a candidate. From there, we will be able to discuss cost and insurance coverage.

What Are Implant Supported Dentures

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