Dentures, Partial Dentures and Implant-Supported Overdentures
At Marigold Dental, we understand how much tooth loss can affect a person’s life and self-confidence. Thankfully, many options are available to replace lost teeth, including dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported overdentures. Dentures provide an affordable way of filling gaps in the mouth while preserving existing natural teeth with partial denture clasps; meanwhile, implants secured into the jawbone offer superior stability for eating, talking, or smiling with confidence again.
Dentures are the go-to solution for those who have lost most or all of their teeth.
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth, enhance your smile, and restore your ability to chew properly. They are typically made from acrylic resin, porcelain, metal, or a combination of materials.
Benefits of dentures:
- They fill gaps in your teeth, eliminating potential problems.
- They offer an affordable way to replace missing teeth.
- Dentures can significantly improve your smile’s appearance, boosting your confidence.
If you’re missing several, but not all, of your teeth, partial dentures may be the perfect solution.
Partial dentures are a great alternative if you have lost only a few teeth. They are designed to fit comfortably around your remaining teeth, providing stability while improving function and appearance.
Benefits of Partial Dentures:
- They preserve the remaining natural teeth, promoting oral health.
- Partial dentures offer additional stability thanks to special clasps that hook around your natural teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are recommended for individuals who are missing most or all of their teeth and who have enough bone in their jaw to accommodate dental implants.
Implant-supported overdentures are a cutting-edge solution in prosthetic dentistry. These dentures attach directly to your jawbone using dental implants, offering improved stability.
Benefits of implant-supported overdentures:
- They offer improved stability for chewing, eating, and speaking.
- Implant-supported dentures also help maintain your jawbone’s structure, preventing the bone loss often associated with missing teeth.
What’s the difference between implant-supported dentures and implant overdentures?
Implant-supported dentures and implant overdentures are innovative solutions that can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals with missing teeth. However, they have key differences and are suitable for different use cases.
In short, implant dentures are like implant overdentures in that they both have fake teeth and gums. But with implanted dentures, a dentist fixes them in place, so you can’t take them out at home.
Implant-supported dentures are a fixed alternative to traditional dentures. This means the patient cannot remove them for cleaning or maintenance. They also require a higher volume of healthy bone for the placement of dental implants.
This requires more implants and lab procedures to create a fixed denture that cannot be removed and requires annual maintenance of the fixed prosthesis as well as your usual dental cleanings. This offers a highly realistic appearance and function, closely mirroring natural teeth. As a result, people who want a more permanent solution that doesn’t call for removal or special maintenance outside of routine oral hygiene practices frequently prefer implant-supported dentures.
It’s important to note that the choice between implant-supported overdentures and implant-supported dentures largely depends on the individual’s preferences, oral health, and overall health. It is advisable to have a thorough discussion with a dentist or oral surgeon to decide the best treatment option.
On the other hand, an implant-supported overdenture is a type of removable denture supported and attached to dental implants. They are generally used when a patient doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw but has enough jawbone to support implants.
This denture has special attachments that snap onto the implants, creating a secure fit. This means the denture is stable and doesn’t move, making eating a wider variety of foods easier. It also covers less of the roof of the mouth than traditional dentures, potentially improving speaking capability and overall comfort.
Like traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures can be removed for cleaning and maintenance. A common use case for implant-supported overdentures is when an individual prefers a secure fit but also the flexibility of a removable appliance.
What to Expect: The Process of Getting Dentures
Understanding your need for dentures and the benefits of each type is the first step toward improved oral health and confidence.
The process generally involves:
- Assessment: Our dental team will conduct a thorough examination to determine the best denture type for your unique situation.
- Impressions and Measurements: If dentures are the recommended solution, we will take impressions and measurements of your mouth to ensure a comfortable, custom fit.
- Fabrication: The dentures will be expertly crafted in a dental lab, typically over several weeks.
- Fitting and Adjustments: Once ready, your dentures will be fitted, and any necessary adjustments will be made to ensure optimal comfort and function.
Whether you require complete dentures, partial dentures, or implant-supported overdentures, Marigold Dental is committed to guiding you through this process, offering expert care and advice every step of the way. Your smile is our passion, and we look forward to helping you regain not just your teeth but also your confidence and quality of life.
If you are in need of any type of denture, schedule an appointment with Marigold Dental in Federal Way, WA, and we’ll work with you to determine the appropriate type of denture system. Our friendly team is ready to provide you with exceptional care and guide you on your journey to a healthy, confident smile.