Understanding Your Options for Dentures
Have you been living with missing teeth, but are not sure which type of denture would be best for you? Dr. Stephen E. Rogers offers two types of dentures at his Long Island, NY, dental practice. All dentures offer improved oral form and function, and provide natural-looking results. During a personal consultation with Dr. Rogers, you can learn about the difference between implant-supported and traditional dentures, and determine which option best fits your goals.
Understanding Tooth Loss
Missing teeth can affect more than just your smile. It can hold you back from eating your favorite foods, being more social, and can be detrimental to your oral health. When you lose a tooth, you also lose the root, leaving the jawbone unstimulated. In order to maintain optimal oral health, your jawbone needs continuous stimulation. Without this stimulation, your jaw can begin to degrade, resulting in further tooth loss.
Choosing between Implant-supported and Traditional
While both implant-supported and traditional dentures ultimately improve the form, function, and appearance of your smile, only implant-supported dentures offer jawbone preservation and stimulation. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw to serve as tooth roots.
Through a process called osseointegration, the tiny, titanium implant screw will fuse with your jaw, and become part of your anatomy. This benefit differentiates implant-supported dentures from all other restorations since it is the only one that prevents jawbone degeneration, and replaces tooth roots.
Implant-supported dentures certainly provide more support and longevity, but your smile may benefit more from a traditional option.
Traditional dentures offer many benefits. If you are hesitant to undergo extensive surgery, you may find great value in traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures can require the completion of bone-grafting surgery in order to strengthen your jawbone. Although this surgery is highly beneficial, it can take months to complete. Traditional dentures have a proven track record of providing patients with restored form and function of their smile, while also providing natural-looking results.
Which Dentures Are Right for Me?
Only a qualified, professional dentist such as Dr. Stephen E. Rogers can determine which type of denture is best for your smile. You will need to schedule an initial consultation, where Dr. Rogers will perform an extensive examination. He will take x-rays to ensure that your jawbone is in good health. If your jawbone has sufficient density, you may be a great candidate for implant-supported dentures.
Implant-supported dentures snap on to the implant posts, whereas traditional dentures use a special dental adhesive to stay in place. Dental implants certainly provide more support and longevity, but your smile may benefit more from a traditional option.
Traditional Dentures Benefits
- Improved form and function
- Enhanced confidence
- Natural-looking smile
- Proven track record of restored form and function
- Urge to smile more
- Improved quality of life
Implant-supported Dentures Benefits
- Restores jawbone density
- Permanent oral and periodontal support
- Permanent jawbone stimulation
- Gold standard in restorative dentistry
- Wide range of options for restorations
- Fully restored form and function
- Enhanced appearance
- Improved confidence and quality of life
Find Out More Today
If you have missing teeth, we want to help you. Our restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry treatment options have been encouraging patients to smile for years. To learn more, or to schedule a one-on-one consultation, contact our dental practice today.
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