Dentures have long been the traditional method of tooth replacement, and are removable. They are an affordable option, and can often be covered by insurance. However, dentures often cause issues for many dental patients. They can slip from their position in your mouth, especially on the lower jaw. Your jawbone also resorbs without teeth in your mouth, which changes the shape of your jaw over time. This means that you will need to be fit for a new pair of dentures every few years. Dentures also require quite a bit of daily maintenance, which can take up a lot of your time, and get in the way of your day.
Dental implants are the latest form of tooth replacement. Small titanium rods are surgically placed into your jawbone, which act as the supports for your denture. They are permanent, and can be cared for just as your natural teeth. They also help to save the integrity of your jawbone, which means that your implants can last you a lifetime. However, implants require a significant healing period following surgery. You need to have sufficient bone mass remaining for implants to successfully integrate. Also, replacing all of your teeth can cost several thousand dollars, and may not be covered by insurance.
It is possible to have both implants and dentures in your mouth. Having implants in your lower jaw with a denture in your upper jaw, can provide you with several benefits. An implant in your lower jaw will prevent the slipping that would otherwise occur with a traditional denture. A denture for your upper jaw is more likely to stay in place, and can help you avoid the need for a bone graft or sinus lift surgery in order to get implants if you are missing the necessary bone mass. Finally, a mixture of both dentures and implants can help you save a significant amount of money.
If you have suffered tooth loss, ask your dentist if both dentures and dental implants is a good option for you. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (480) 820-4342.