Your smile is one of the first things others notice, so having a full set of healthy teeth is important. If you are missing some or all of your teeth, you may be wondering whether you should choose dentures or Teeth-in-a-Day implants. Both options have their pros and cons, so it is more about what the best solution is for you and what fits with your lifestyle and goals. Before making a decision, it is important to understand what each option entails and talk to an experienced oral surgeon about what they recommend.
Reasons You May Have Been Considering Dentures
Since dentures have been around for centuries, they are a dental prosthetic that many people are familiar with and take into consideration when deciding how to restore their smile. There are a variety of reasons that dentures may be on your list of options to ask your oral surgeon about.
You Have Been Avoiding the Dentist
Neglecting regular oral checkups and cleanings can mean trouble for your teeth and gums. They may not be as healthy as they should be, and not treating problems in a timely manner can lead to loose, decaying, or missing teeth. As a result, you might need to have some or all of your teeth extracted.
Gaps Between Your Teeth and/or Your Teeth are Loose or Moving
Having large spaces between your teeth, either because of missing teeth or simply how your teeth have grown in, can make you self-conscious about your smile. In addition, if you have loose teeth, they may fall out or shift out of place, changing your bite and making eating more difficult.
Toothaches can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Infections or cavities can result in pain, and sometimes the most effective treatment is to remove the problematic teeth. But having missing teeth is not ideal from a physical or functional standpoint, so you may consider dentures as a replacement option.
You Have Lost One or More Teeth
Whether through accident, injury, poor dental hygiene, or other reasons, you may be missing one or more teeth. This affects how you speak and eat, as well as how you feel about your smile. It can also change the structure of your face over time. Replacing missing teeth can help resolve problems.
Chewing Food is Difficult
You rely on the powerful force of your molars to chew food, and the stability of your incisors and canines to bite. When these teeth are missing or loose, it can make eating more challenging. Dentures can be one option for getting back to enjoying more foods that you love.
Bleeding, Swollen, Tender, and/or Red Gums
It is not just your teeth that can cause pain and problems in your mouth; your gums can too. A buildup of plaque or bacteria can lead to gingivitis or periodontitis. As a result, your gums can become sore and inflamed, making talking and eating more painful and uncomfortable.
Are There Other Alternatives to Dentures Out There?
Dentures may be the first thing you think of when it comes to replacing missing teeth, but they are not the only option. Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, you may also benefit from a bridge, partial dentures, overdentures, implant-retained dentures, or Teeth-in-a-Day implants.
What are the Benefits of Teeth-in-a-Day Over Dentures?
Similar to dentures, Teeth-in-a-Day can provide you with immediate results to restore your smile and replace missing teeth. Once the implants are placed, a temporary crown is attached, so there is no gap, and the replacement blends in with your natural teeth. If you need a full arch, temporary dentures can be affixed to implants as well to improve aesthetics. However, you will have to wait for the implant to fuse for the teeth to become fully functional.
More Strength and Stability
Because dental implants are placed in the jaw bone, and then crowns or dentures are secured to them, the teeth do not slip out of place. They are held firmly and can withstand more chewing force than traditional dentures. You may feel more confident about eating a wider variety of foods.
A Non-Removable Solution
Traditional dentures sit on top of the gums and are held in place with adhesive. Dental implants mimic natural teeth because the implant acts like the root of the tooth and fuses to the bone. Once crowns or dentures are attached, they do not need to be removed. You treat them like your natural teeth.
Over time, your gums and jawbone can atrophy or shrink when using dentures. The dentures may begin to move around and feel loose in your mouth. Teeth-in-a-Day implants are held securely in place, making them more comfortable. Plus, they do not cover the roof of the mouth.
Dental implants help to stimulate the bone because they act like a tooth with a root. This can help to prevent bone from deteriorating over time, which can cause less stability for teeth and actually alter the structure of your face. With implants, bone is preserved and stays healthier.
So, Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures or Teeth-in-a-Day Implants? Or Both?
Whether you are considering dentures or Teeth-in-a-Day, ideally, you should have adequate bone mass and density. If there is significant bone loss, your jaw may not be able to effectively support dentures or dental implants. However, this can often be addressed through a bone graft to build up the bone structure. Keep in mind that prolonged use of traditional dentures can also result in bone loss, so implant-retained dentures may be a good option to both restore teeth and preserve bone.
Dentures can replace a full arch of teeth with a single dental prosthetic because all of the teeth are molded together. They do need to be removed and cleaned daily, however. If you want a long-term solution that you do not have to remove for cleaning, you may be a good candidate for Teeth-in-a-Day or implant-retained dentures.
Talk to your oral surgeon about the pros and cons of both dentures and dental implants to determine which may be the best option for you, and what you are a good candidate for. It may come down to personal preference and which dental prosthetic you feel most comfortable with.
I am Considering Dentures
If you are ready to replace your full set of teeth with dentures, it is important to understand the treatment and recovery process, as well as associated costs. Your oral surgeon and dentist will often work together to create a treatment plan and ensure that your new dentures are complete for when you have surgery. You may need to have any remaining teeth extracted in order for your dentures to fit properly.
What are the Average Costs of Dentures in the Highlands Ranch Area?
The price of dentures in Highlands Ranch can vary depending on several factors, including the type of dentures you choose, what material they are made from, whether you require tooth extractions or bone grafts, and whether you need temporary dentures until your gums heal and your permanent dentures are fitted. Adjustments may also create additional costs later on. If you choose to get implant-retained dentures, this can also impact pricing. Your oral surgeon can provide you with a more specific quote once they determine your needs.
What is the Recovery Process for Getting Dentures?
Once any remaining teeth are extracted, it will take a few weeks for the gums to heal. You may be given an immediate denture to wear during the recovery process.
- Eat soft foods for the first few weeks.
- Developing a few sore spots is normal. The dentist can make any adjustments as necessary.
- It takes about one year for the gums to finish shrinking following tooth extraction; your dentures may need several adjustments, so they are not too loose.
I am Considering Teeth-in-a-Day
Teeth-in-a-Day can be a great alternative to traditional dentures and allow you to leave the office with a full set of teeth the same day. After the dental implants are placed, temporary crowns or dentures are affixed, leaving you with a natural-looking smile. It is important to talk to your oral surgeon about how to prepare, what to expect, and whether you may need a bone graft, tooth extraction, or other procedure before getting Teeth-in-a-Day. Ask any questions you may have so that you feel more comfortable and confident with your decision and so you know how to care for your dental implants while they heal. Remember that Teeth-in-a-Day can be used for individual missing teeth or for a full arch, so you have options.
What are the Average Costs of Teeth-in-a-Day in the Highlands Ranch Area?
The cost of Teeth-in-a-Day will vary from person to person. It depends on if you need to have any teeth extracted, how many dental implants are being placed, whether you are receiving temporary crowns or another type of prosthetic, and how complex the procedure is. In addition, depending on whether you have dental insurance, this may also help to cover some of the costs. After an evaluation, your oral surgeon can give you a more specific quote.
What is the Recovery Process for Getting Teeth-in-a-Day?
It is important to remember that even though you will receive teeth the same day as the procedure, there is still a recovery process. Once the dental implants are placed, temporary crowns or another prosthetic will then be placed.
- You will need to eat soft foods for about three months until the implants have firmly fused with the bone.
- Keep your mouth clean through regular brushing and flossing while your gums heal.
- Once the implants have fused, the oral surgeon will affix your permanent replacement teeth.
Meet Your Experienced Oral Surgeon – Dr. Hambleton
Dr. Hambleton has been helping patients in the Highlands Ranch and Denver area to restore their smiles for more than a decade. He ensures that patients have a solid understanding of their options and what to expect, and he walks them through procedures step by step. He is board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Let Us Help You Decide Which Option is Best for You!
Deciding between dentures and Teeth-in-a-Day can be tough. At Highlands Ranch Oral & Facial Surgery, we provide you with all of the information you need to make the decision that is right for you. We are transparent, so there are no surprises, and you receive a highly predictable outcome. Contact us today in Highlands Ranch, CO to schedule a consultation!