Is It Time to Start Thinking About Dentures?
Have your teeth become more trouble than they’re worth? Are you constantly making dental appointments for complex (and expensive) reconstructions, gum surgery, periodontal treatments, or other interventions? Facing the reality of tooth loss is never fun, but never-ending dental work can cost you time and money you can never get back. Sometimes you have to take a look at all the energy you are investing in holding on to your failing teeth, and consider your alternatives.
Beyond the hassle of endless dental appointments, many patients endure a great deal of pain from their dental problems. This can make eating and trying to live a normal life into a constant struggle. When the prognosis is not good, trying to fix damaged teeth and gums may not be the best choice. In many cases, your money is better spent investing in implant-supported dentures.
If your teeth are an endless source of aggravation, it may be time to start thinking about dentures. Dentures can provide you with a permanent, comfortable solution to tooth loss, and give you back the peace of mind that you’re no longer fighting a losing battle. Call River Birch Dental for a Centuria, WI dentures consultation and we’ll help you assess your situation.
Dentures, Partial Dentures, and Implant Dentures
Prosthetic teeth come in a variety of forms. If you have sections of teeth and gum that are still quite healthy and stable, partial dentures may be an excellent solution. Partials come in both traditional and implant-supported forms. Traditional partial dentures stay in place by attaching to your healthy teeth, usually through the use of a wire or wire-and-plastic prosthetic. Implant-supported partials are more like natural teeth, as they attach to titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jaw, much like natural tooth roots.
If the teeth you have left are plagued by advancing gum disease, however, there’s a good chance it may be better to have them extracted and go for full dentures. Whether you opt for conventional or implant-supported dentures, making the choice to switch to dentures can be huge relief that lets you get on with your life and look forward to smiling confidently again.
Traditional Dentures vs. Implant-Supported Dentures
There are several factors to look at when you are considering which type of dentures you may want. Today’s dentures are comfortable, natural-looking, and more secure than ever—so you can’t go wrong with either choice.
Cost and Expense
Cost is usually the most significant factor that patients consider first. Dental implants cost more up-front, because they require a surgical procedure and greater medical oversight. Traditional dentures are less expensive initially, but they don’t last as long as implant dentures. This means that over the course of your life you will need to have the dentures relined and replaced multiple times. You will also need more dental appointments and dental care. Implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime when well cared for, and they don’t affect the health of your gums. When you look the up-front cost of implant dentures next to the long-term costs of traditional dentures, they are actually more comparable than you might expect.
Quality of Life
Beyond cost, you should also consider the quality of life your dentures will bring you. Implant dentures are the superior option because they feel and act more like natural teeth. Because they attach securely to your implants, they don’t come loose when you eat hard or chewy foods. Patients report that they can eat any foods they want. Traditional dentures, on the other hand, sit over the gums and are not attached to the jaw. This makes them less stable and can limit your food choices. In truth, you have to learn a whole new way to eat with traditional dentures, which often takes several weeks or more.
Time and Process
There are major differences in the processes for getting traditional versus implant-supported dentures. Traditional dentures can be ready in a matter of weeks, shortly after you have healed from any extractions. Implants, however, require day surgery and three-to-six months of healing before you will be ready to use your new dentures. This long period of time is necessary to give your implants the opportunity to fuse with the jaw bones, but the result is a more life-like replacement for your teeth.
Contact River Birch Dental
If your endless dental and gum problems have been causing ongoing pain and nonstop appointments, come see one of our doctors at River Birch Dental. We can help you understand what to expect if you choose to keep your teeth. We’ll help you decide whether it’s worth your time to keep fighting or switch to a comfortable prosthetic instead. Call our Centuria, WI dental office at 715-646-2161 to make an appointment.