If you’re like many Americans, the idea of dentures might scare you. You might’ve lived without many of your teeth for a while. Maybe you already find your smile embarrassing, and now you’ll have to deal with something you might not have heard good things about. The truth is, however, that although losing your teeth can feel like an ending, it doesn’t have to be.
Dentures are one of the longest used oral prosthetic devices in the world, and in the last twenty years, dentist have made some serious headway into making them more satisfactory for their patients. From implant dentures, partial dentures, or traditional dentures, there are several options to fit your lifestyle.
If you’ve recently lost teeth and are searching for a solution, here’s a list of the three best.
Conventional dentures are a removable prosthetic device that replaces missing teeth, and is supported by surrounding hard and soft tissue. A dentist will model the denture to give it the best fit possible, but has its drawbacks. Because traditional dentures are just held in by suction, sometimes facilitated by adhesive, they can slip out of place unexpectedly while eating, talking, or even sneezing.
Implant-supported Dentures (Acrylic)
Implant dentures offer the patient an affordable and secure solution for missing teeth. By supporting a patient’s dentures through titanium implants which fuse to the jaw like the roots of natural teeth, implant dentures offer a stronger hold, superior comfort, and can even improve a patient’s diet and self-confidence while speaking.
Primarily, there are two types of implant dentures: snap-in dentures, or hybrid. You have to remove snap-in dentures for cleaning and care, whereas hybrid dentures offer a more permanent solution.
One downside to some implant dentures, especially those made out of more traditional acrylic materials, is wear. After a few years of use, acrylic dentures can show visible wear, and can even break unexpectedly.
Implant-supported Dentures (Zirconia)
By leveraging some of the most advanced materials possible, zirconia dentures offer a stain resistant, hypoallergenic, and durable solution for those hoping to replace missing teeth. Zirconia ceramic is capable of withstanding forces up to about 238,000 pounds per square inch, offering the strength and durability needed for everyday wear.
They’re also incredibly natural-looking, as the ceramic and zirconia perfectly mimics the luster of enamel. And, because there is little to no metal substructure, there’s no silver to show through, giving you the best smile possible!
If you’ve been considering dentures, it may be time to schedule an appointment. For a restorative dentist in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 242-5511 or email for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements.