Long-Term Denture Wearer: What are my options?

dentures dallasHave you worn dentures for years? Are you wondering if new methods of replacing missing teeth would be more durable, natural looking, and comfortable? Chances are, if you have been wearing the same set of dentures for a lengthy period of time, they likely do not properly fit over your gums and may even slide through your mouth when you speak or eat. Fortunately, advancements in prosthodontics have provided access to different methods of replacing teeth among edentulous patients. Some of your options provided by our oral surgeon include brand new dentures, dental implants, and implant-supported dentures.

Over time, full and partial dentures need to be replaced because patients missing teeth ultimately experience recession of the gums and bone loss. As a patient’s mouth changes shape, dentures lack the support they once had and do not fit as well as they once did. New dentures will be custom made to fit the shape and width of your gums and jawbone. Brand new dentures may also appear more natural because more life-like materials are used than in the past.

Dental implants and implant-supported dentures are two other popular options for patients in need of replacement teeth. In fact, dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth available because they function like a tooth and are composed of biocompatible materials. Dental implants consist of a textured small rod made of titanium and a custom-made crown. The rod is inserted into the jawbone and over time, the bone will fuse to the titanium implant much like bone fuses to a tooth’s roots. This type of dental implant replaces a single tooth and lasts for decades with proper care. Unlike dentures, dental implants are anchored permanently in place and are not removed for cleaning or sleeping.

An implant-supported denture involves the surgical placement of smaller dental implant rods in strategic locations in the mouth. The most common type of implant-supported dentures involves the All-On-4 method where an entire arch of replacement teeth is anchored by four implants.

To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our oral surgery team to schedule a consultation with either of our oral surgeons.