If you are looking to replace missing teeth, you have a lot more options now than there used to be. In the past, there were only dentures, which tended to fit poorly and function worse. New innovations have given us many more options for tooth replacement, which can help you get the results you’re looking for.
How do you know which is right for you? The best way is with a consultation with a restorative dentist in Rancho Mirage. Dr. Rod Strober would be happy to discuss the best way to replace your smile.
What Are Your Options?
If you want more information before scheduling a consultation, we are providing this basic rundown on all your tooth replacement options – the different types of dentures or implants. Here are some of the options you might choose from to replace your missing teeth:
- Traditional dentures
- FOY® Dentures
- Dental implants
- Snap-in dentures
- All-on-X dentures
Each of these options has its benefits and limitations. There is no single best tooth replacement option. It’s a question of finding the best one for you.
Traditional dentures rest on your gums. They can be partial or full dentures. Partial dentures replace one or more teeth, but less than a full arch. Full dentures replace an entire arch.
Partial dentures are mostly held in place by hooks, clasps, or offshoots that encircle your remaining teeth. Suction between the denture and gums helps hold them in place. Full dentures are held in place only by suction, sometimes aided by denture adhesives.
Traditional dentures have many limitations:
- No support for bone
- Poor chewing ability
- Interference with talking
For these reasons, people often opt against traditional dentures when looking to replace missing teeth. People choose traditional dentures for cost reasons or if they don’t know about other options.
FOY® Dentures, also known as the Denture Fountain of Youth, are an improvement on the traditional full denture. With advanced fitting techniques, they are more secure than traditional dentures, and they are more able to restore lost teeth and bone height, which helps them rejuvenate your appearance. They can be made as implant dentures, too, which improves their fit and function even more.
People choose FOY® Dentures to:
- Rejuvenate facial appearance
- Have a more attractive smile
- Have more comfortable dentures
- Enjoy better biting and chewing function
FOY® Dentures are, so far, the pinnacle of the traditional denture.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. Usually made of titanium, these implants bond with your jawbone, which lets them provide support for dental restorations of all shapes and sizes, from a single dental crown to full dentures (which can come in many forms–more about this below).
Dental implants have many benefits:
- Securely fixed in bone
- Support bone to avoid bone loss
- High success rate
- Can last a lifetime with proper care
- Good chewing function
- No interference with speech
Today, most people will choose dental implants as their tooth replacement option if they can.
Snap-in dentures are implant-retained dentures. These dentures use implants to hold them in place, but they still mostly rest on the gums. They attach to locators on a few dental implants, but are removable.
Benefits of snap-in dentures include:
- Less slipping of dentures
- Greater comfort
- Better chewing ability
- Clearer speech
- Most affordable implant dentures
Snap-in dentures are a good compromise for people who want to upgrade to implant dentures but can’t or don’t want to pay for a more robust implant denture.
All-on-X Implant Dentures
All-on-X implant dentures are usually either All-on-4 or All-on-6. They are implant-supported dentures, which means that they let you bite and chew normally. The number of implants used in your dentures depends on how much and what type of bone you have in your jaw. These dentures can either be made with traditional PMMA–a type of plastic–or advanced ceramic, depending on your preference.
Benefits of All-on-X dentures include:
- Best chewing ability
- Relatively affordable
- Attractive appearance
- Placed in one procedure
- High success rate and long life
All-on-X implant dentures are best for people who want fully supported implant dentures but have a limited budget. They are a good solution at a reasonable cost.
Developed by the inventors of FOY® Dentures, CeraSmile® combines the most advanced cosmetic and mechanical insights into an attractive, highly functional implant denture. These implant dentures are very customizable, letting people get exactly the smile they want. The procedure is customized to a person’s need, which means that a dentist doesn’t have to remove as much bone as might be necessary for other implant dentures. Plus, the dentures are made of advanced ceramics that are even stronger than titanium implants.
The benefits of CeraSmile® include:
- Most attractive tooth replacement
- Rejuvenate facial appearance
- Best chewing ability
- Retain more natural bone
The disadvantage of CeraSmile® is that it’s relatively expensive. However, with its high functionality, great strength, and beautiful appearance, most people consider CeraSmile® a great value.
An Experienced Implant Dentist in Rancho Mirage
If you are having difficulty deciding between these numerous options for dental implants and dentures, that’s okay. Experienced implant dentist Dr. Rod Strober can talk you through your options and help you find the one that’s best for you.
Please call (760) 832-7915 or use our online form to schedule an appointment at Country Club Dentistry in Rancho Mirage.