Full Dentures: The Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

Full Dentures in Montville, NJ | Mini Dental Implants | Dr. Ferrari

As we get older, we tend to cling to solutions, possessions, and products that we’re comfortable with and know will work. Perhaps you’re still driving the same car from 15 years ago or haven’t thrown away that old sweatshirt from your college days. These things are familiar and comforting, and they just work for you, so why would you get rid of them? In the case of your full dentures, however, there are many reasons to upgrade to a set of implant dentures. Not only do implant dentures offer a significant quality-of-life boost, but they also provide many oral health benefits that old-school dentures simply can’t match.

Understanding Full Dentures

Full Dentures in Montville, NJ | Mini Dental Implants | Dr. FerrariFull dentures are a set of replacement teeth for those who have lost their natural ones to trauma, gum disease, decay, or other factors. They are customized to fit your mouth and allow you to eat, talk, and smile again.

Full dentures may also be needed even if you haven’t lost all your teeth yet. Sometimes, we need to extract teeth due to advanced gum disease, severe tooth decay, malnutrition, or genetic disorders. After a full extraction, your jaw can take up to six months to recover. As a temporary solution, you’ll receive a pair of immediate dentures, ensuring you’re never without teeth, even as you wait for your gums and jaw to heal.

Why Opt for Full Dentures?

  • Improved functionality: Missing teeth make daily activities like eating and speaking much more difficult. By giving you new teeth, full dentures help you to eat a greater variety of foods. They also help improve speech, ensuring you communicate more clearly.
  • Enhanced aesthetics: Having gaps in your smile is hard to hide. Taking photos, meeting new people, and other social situations can cause anxiety if you don’t like how your teeth look.
  • Most affordable: From a financial standpoint, traditional full dentures are a budget-friendly option for complete tooth replacement.

The Problems With Full Dentures

While full dentures give you new teeth, they don’t replace your missing tooth roots. This leads to two issues. First, your jawbone will deteriorate due to a lack of stimulation from the roots. Over time, your jaw and gums will change shape, causing your face to sag. Second, these changes to your gums and jaw mean that your dentures will eventually lose their fit and begin to move around inside your mouth. You’ll find eating, speaking, and feeling comfortable in public much more difficult if your teeth constantly shift unexpectedly.

If you’re already experiencing these issues with your dental prosthetic, one solution can address both problems: securing your loose denture with dental implants—specifically, mini dental implants.

Mini Dental Implants: A Denture Upgrade

Mini dental implants are small titanium rods that we carefully place into your jawbone. They provide a stable base for attaching new teeth, such as crowns, bridges, and different implant denture options. Their direct connection to your jawbone means that any denture attached to them won’t move around. Say goodbye to floating dentures! Because the implant also replaces your missing tooth roots, it stimulates the jawbone, preventing the loss of bone and tissue.

Aside from solving the issues with traditional dentures, Dr. Ferrari prefers mini dental implants over conventional implants because of their simple and fast placement and quicker healing process. The placement procedure for these implants is minimally invasive. It doesn’t require any incisions or stitches. We can place your mini implants in mere minutes and load them with new teeth immediately.

Healing from mini implant placement is also faster than conventional implants. Post-procedure discomfort will subside within 24-48 hours, and the implants will fully fuse with your jawbone in about three weeks.

Implant Denture Options

Implant-retained dentures come in both removable and more permanent varieties. We call the removable option a “snap-on denture” because it “snaps on” to 4-8 mini implants for stability. You can remove it at home like a traditional denture, though it’s much less bulky than that old prosthetic.

A more secure and durable option would be a roundhouse zirconia bridge. This full-arch replacement uses 6-12 mini implants for ultimate stability and functionality. They look and act like real teeth and are not removable at home. When you come in for your free consultation, you can discuss your options with Dr. Ferrari to find the denture that will work best for you.

Explore Your Denture Options Today!

The thought of losing teeth and navigating the world of dental replacements can be daunting. But at Ferrari Dental, our experienced and caring staff is here for you every step of the way. From full to partial dentures and more stable implant solutions, we have the tools and expertise to bring back your radiant smile. Schedule a free consultation, and let’s discuss how these incredible procedures can change your life.

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