If you are missing a significant number of teeth in your mouth, dentures offer a relatively simple and effective way to restore your smile. As with any dental treatment, dentures can be installed in multiple ways, so it’s important to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each option. Overdentures and conventional dentures are both popular choices, but which is right for you?
The Pros and Cons of Regular Dentures
Standard dentures use a high tech plastic base to replicate gum tissue and support a full set of durable, natural-looking teeth. Dentures stay in place by forming a seal with the existing natural gums, which makes it possible to remove the dentures at any time. Many patients prefer regular dentures because they are so simple and removable. As soon as they are placed in the mouth, regular dentures create the appearance of a full, healthy, and attractive set of teeth once again.
However, standard dentures do have a few downsides. Since they are not attached to the gumline with anything more than suction, they often make chewing and speaking a bit tricky. Patients often find themselves adjusting to the size and feel of dentures in the mouth.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Overdentures
Overdentures combine the perks of implants and dentures. They are standard dentures that are supported by permanent implants in the jaw. Many dental health care professionals believe that overdentures are a better alternative to regular dentures since they offer patients a more comfortable and stable option for tooth replacement.
The implants that support dentures help to preserve the integrity of the jawbone and ensure that dentures are reliably affixed to the gums while speaking and chewing. This eliminates the need for denture adhesives, ensures less gum irritation, and creates a more natural overall appearance. However, patients must have strong and healthy jawbone to support implants in order to utilize overdentures.
The Bottom Line
If you want to restore the appearance and function of your mouth, dentures provide a sustainable solution. If you lack the jawbone required for implants or want to avoid a more invasive procedure, standard dentures are a great option for you. However, if you want dentures that look and feel more natural, overdentures will successfully restore your confidence and help you enjoy the uninhibited use of a full set of teeth once again.
Dr. Kulangara at Advanced Dental Arts in Wesley Chapel, Florida is a highly trained prosthodontist with years of experience helping patients select the dentures that best address their unique dental needs. Call (813) 534-4425 to make your first appointment at Advanced Dental Arts today and begin benefiting from Dr. Kulangara’s expertise.