Full Mouth Implants vs. Dentures

You may not think of a few missing teeth as a big deal, but these can have a significant effect on your daily life. The way you eat and speak can change over time and, if a missing tooth is visible, you could be embarrassed about your appearance. Missing teeth can also change the load on remaining teeth, making them vulnerable to damage and decay. Contemporary dental techniques give you a range of options that now include full mouth dental implants as well as conventional denture plates, and there are even hybrid systems that combine the best of both. 

Complications from missing teeth

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve lost teeth due to trauma or decay, you should think about your best option to replace them. When you’re missing teeth, your other teeth can move, changing your bite. 

Missing teeth can make your remaining teeth crack, which makes them more vulnerable to decay or infection. Lost teeth may also affect your nutrition, reducing chewing efficiency. Depending on where and how many teeth are gone, your appearance may change as your cheeks sink, unsupported by lost teeth. 

Your best options

The two primary options for replacing missing teeth are dentures or dental implants. Both have benefits, and the one that will work best for you depends on several factors. Dr. Irfan Atcha and his team at New Teeth Chicago Dental can help you decide if dentures, dental implants, or a hybrid combination of the two is your best option. 

Choosing dentures

Dentures have been the primary teeth replacement method for centuries. The quality and appearance of dentures have improved dramatically in recent years. They are customized to fit you well and are made from materials that look more like real teeth than they were in the past. 

One of the best benefits of dentures is that they are simple. You most likely already understand how dentures work, and the procedure for getting them is usually quite straightforward. 

There’s a downside to dentures because of both fit and removability. There’s a period of adjustment necessary, and some people are never entirely comfortable. Dentures also work above the gumline only, which means you miss out on an essential interaction between tooth root and jawbone. 

Opting for implants

Dental implants are a good option if you’re in good health, and your jaw and gums are healthy. An unremovable dental implant is anchored to your jaw. This means your implants will look and feel more like natural teeth, replacing that crucial tooth/bone relationship, even though your new roots are artificial. 

You’re free of some of the adjustment issues with dentures, and implants typically have a longer life than dentures, with oral care that’s very similar to your natural teeth.  

Implants can also serve as mounting points for denture plates that snap on to posts attached to the implants. Implant-supported dentures bypass some of the problems of movement and slippage that’s common with conventional dentures. 

You’ve got plenty of options, and Dr. Atcha and his team are ready to advise you on the best teeth replacement systems to fit your needs and budget. Call the office today to schedule your consultation. 

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