A common question we are asked at our practice is on the differences between traditional removable dentures and implant supported dentures. Both options are solutions for those who are missing full arches of teeth, but they actually provide drastically different results. If you are a current denture wearer or one of those who are doing research on which option is best for you, Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche and our team created a helpful comparison between the two options.

Traditional Removable Dentures

Traditional dentures are time-tested solutions to replacing missing teeth. In fact, George Washington actually wore dentures (but we won’t get into what they were really made of…gross!). Our dentures in Leesburg, VA are composed of a bridge of natural-looking teeth that is held in place over your gums thanks to adhesives and suction.

Pros

  • Affordable up front
  • Natural looking
  • No need for surgery

Cons

  • Often loose and uncomfortable
  • Only restores around 10% bite strength
  • Needs constant realignment, repairs and adjustments

Implant Supported Dentures

As the name implies, the implant supported dentures rely on modern dental implants to give you an improved hold and results. You will have two to four dental implants placed in your jaw and a denture prosthesis retrofitted to support these dental implants. While completely natural looking, implant supported dentures are held in place securely thanks to the dental implants, which not only support your jaw bone health, but also rest comfortably on the dental implants, not gums.

Pros

  • Natural looking, feeling, and functioning
  • Restore nearly 100% bite and chewing strength
  • Permanent with proper care
  • Secure and stable in the mouth
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Preserves jaw health and facial appearance

Cons

  • Requires minor surgery
  • More expensive upfront

Do you have more questions on the pros and cons of implant supported dentures and traditional dentures in Leesburg, VA? If so, feel free to contact our office and speak with one of our experienced and knowledgeable doctors. We are happy to help you make a decision and discover what would be best for your mouth and smile goals!