When are Tooth Supported Dentures Recommended?

When are Tooth Supported Dentures Recommended?

Without dentures, oral health issues such as tooth loss can be embarrassing and affect a person’s quality of life. Living with decaying and missing teeth is not only visibly noticeable, but it is also painful for the sufferer. Going about daily activities such as eating, drinking and laughing can be difficult if not impossible.

Fortunately, there are options for correcting these concerns. Smiles and confidence can be restored for a happier, healthier life with the right type of dentures.

Oral Restoration Options

Dentures come in removable or permanent forms. The following is information about these two types.

Removable prostheses

When discussing dentures, most people think of the kind that are inserted into the mouth but can be removed for the sake of cleaning or comfort. The mouth and jaw structures are carefully measured, and the prosthetic is crafted to fit as naturally as possible over the gumline.

While this method is common, it does require maintenance to extend the longevity of function and appearance. Additionally, the structure of the gums and jaws can alter following the loss or removal of natural teeth. This means the dentures may need to be adjusted periodically to preserve the proper fit.  

Supported dentures

Like their removable counterpart, tooth-supported dentures must be formed to specific measurements to conform easily to the shape of the mouth. The difference, however, is that they are attached to implanted teeth.

This method is recommended when there is a risk of bone loss due to the deterioration of the jawline and bone structure. Since the strength of the bones is compromised, the implanted teeth lend extra strength and act as anchoring devices for the full prosthetic piece. Patients who have experienced bone loss as a result of severe dental issues or who have concerns about removable pieces slipping are good candidates for this option.

Decision Factors

Money and time are two prevalent factors for dental patients. Here is a short discussion of both of these.

Financial Commitment

Depending upon the location of service, the cost of removable and supported dentures can vary. The range of total monetary investment is also related to the quality of the product chosen, with the most expensive typically being of premium craftsmanship and durability. The lower end of the price scale includes pieces that may require repair or replacement in the future.

Choosing the most affordable yet highest-quality product possible is recommended for maximum reliability. Supported dentures have a higher value because they are fixed and are therefore a sound investment for those looking for a more permanent solution.

Time Commitment

Factoring in consultations and fittings, the total amount of time spent on obtaining dentures requires some planning ahead. If there are natural teeth that must first be removed, then the healing time should be considered when scheduling fittings. When implants are used, additional office visits may be required so that the bones and gums are in good condition for the additional work to be performed. This prevents additional bone deterioration and irritation.


Oral health is important to general well-being, and dentures can have a dramatic impact on a person’s happiness. Feeling comfortable with personal health and appearance often means that social events can be more enjoyable and favorite foods can be eaten without feeling self-conscious. Conversation and laughter can become easier with a strong, natural-looking set of teeth. When someone feels good, it shows.

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