01 Mar Implant-Supported Bridges vs. Conventional Dentures: Which is the Best Option for Missing Teeth?
Over the years, I’ve seen many patients struggling with missing teeth. This not only affects their ability to eat and speak but also causes self-consciousness and embarrassment. Luckily, there are several solutions available for patients who are missing all their teeth, including conventional dentures and implant-supported bridges. In this article, we will compare these two options to help you make an informed decision about the best solution for your oral health.
Conventional dentures are removable prosthetic devices that replace all the missing teeth. They rest on the gums and are held in place by suction or denture adhesive. Dentures have been a popular option for many years due to their affordability and ease of use. However, they can be uncomfortable, bulky and unstable.
Conventional dentures can cause gum irritation, mouth sores, and bone loss, which may result in the need for regular adjustments or even replacement. Patients may also experience difficulty chewing, speaking, and a reduced sense of taste due to the covering of the palate.
Implant-supported bridges, on the other hand, are permanent restorations that replace missing teeth by attaching to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. These bridges are more stable and comfortable than conventional dentures, and they do not cover the palate. Implant-supported bridges provide a more natural look and feel, giving patients a renewed sense of confidence and improved oral function.
Unlike conventional dentures, implant-supported bridges do not require regular adjustments or replacements. They also help to prevent bone loss, which occurs when teeth are missing. Dental implants have been used for over 40 years and have a success rate of over 95%.
When it comes to cost, conventional dentures are more affordable than implant-supported bridges. However, while the initial cost of implant-supported bridges may be higher, they may save you money in the long term as they don’t need to be replaced as often.
In terms of comfort, implant-supported bridges win hands down. They are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, which can move or shift during eating and speaking. Implant-supported bridges are a fixed solution, meaning you won’t have to worry about taking them out and cleaning them like you would with dentures.
When it comes to oral health, implant-supported bridges are the better choice. They help to prevent bone loss, which can lead to facial collapse and the need for bone grafts. Conventional dentures can cause bone loss over time and may require regular adjustments to fit correctly.
In conclusion, while conventional dentures may be a more affordable solution, implant-supported bridges are the better long-term investment. They provide superior comfort, aesthetics and function while also promoting overall oral health. If you’re missing all your teeth, we highly recommend considering implant-supported bridges.
As a specialist dentist, I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact that conventional dentures and implant bridges have had on my patients. Please see what Alexandra had to say about conventional dentures and Sandra had to say about implant-supported bridges.
In conclusion, while conventional dentures are a more affordable solution, implant-supported bridges are the better long-term investment. They provide superior comfort, aesthetics and function while also promoting overall oral health. If you’re missing all your teeth, we highly recommend considering implant-supported bridges.
Your dentist can help you make the best decision for your individual needs and budget. Don’t wait any longer to restore your oral health and regain your confidence. Contact your dentist today to discuss your options and get started on your journey towards a brighter, healthier smile. If you have any questions for us, please complete this form and one of the team will be in touch by the next working day.
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Frequently asked questions
1. Are implant-supported bridges more expensive than conventional dentures?
• Implant-supported bridges may have a higher initial cost than conventional dentures. However, they are a long-term investment that may save you money in the future as they do not need to be replaced as often.
2. How long do implant-supported bridges last?
• Implant-supported bridges can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. They are a permanent restoration that is attached to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone.
3. Can anyone get implant-supported bridges?
• Not everyone is a candidate for implant-supported bridges. A thorough evaluation by a dental professional is necessary to determine if you have enough bone to support the implants.
4. Do implant-supported bridges hurt?
• The implant placement procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort after the procedure, but this can be managed with pain medication.
5. How do I care for my implant-supported bridges?
• You should care for your implant-supported bridges the same way you care for your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Avoid using tobacco products and consuming excessive amounts of sugary or acidic foods and drinks.
6. Can implant-supported bridges help prevent bone loss?
• Yes, implant-supported bridges can help prevent bone loss, which can occur when teeth are missing. Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, stimulating the jawbone and promoting bone growth. This helps to prevent facial collapse and the need for bone grafts.