Should I Consider a Traditional Denture or Implant Overdenture?

Choosing between traditional dentures and overdentures involves many factors such as your budget, the number of teeth you have remaining, and your personal preferences. Read on about the pros and cons of each type of denture.

Are you missing all of your teeth, or just some? Do you want a denture that will stay in place without any attachments or one that will snap onto existing teeth? How important is it to you to have a natural-looking smile? 

If you’re struggling with uncomfortable dentures or have a few good teeth remaining, you may be wondering if you should get a traditional denture or an overdenture. Here’s a look at the key differences between the two types of dentures to help you make a decision.

What Are Overdentures?

Til about three decades ago, if you were missing all of your teeth, you had one treatment option to restore your smile: a full, or “traditional,” denture. 

But today, the advances in implant dentistry has provided more options that offer more stability and a more natural look and feel. This modern advancement in implant dentistry is known as overdenture or implant supported dentures.

An implant overdenture is a replacement teeth prosthesis that is secured using either natural teeth or dental implants. 

The procedure begins with the metal posts or implant overdenture abutments being surgically placed into your jawbone. The metal posts, or abutments, act as an anchor for the overdenture.

Dental implant surgery.
Dental implant surgery. A dental implant is a metal post that replaces the root portion of a missing tooth. 3D illustration

The actual implant overdenture is a removable denture that snaps onto the abutment and implant post. It is custom-made to fit your mouth and look natural. 

And because the prosthesis are secured by your jawbone, they benefit from a sturdy, “locked-in” support system that is not possible with a traditional denture. 

However, the o’rings that hold the dentures in place can eventually wear out and will need to be replaced after every 6 months – two years by your dentist However, the o’rings are not expensive.

Some of the significant advantages of overdentures are:

  • Retain jawbone structure: Unlike traditional dentures, which can accelerate bone loss in the jaw, overdentures actually help to preserve and stimulate bone growth.
  • Stable and secure: Implant overdentures are more stable than traditional dentures because they are anchored by dental implants or natural teeth. This makes it easier to eat and speak without worrying about your dentures slipping or dislodging. This makes it easier to eat and speak without worrying about your dentures slipping or falling out.
  • Looks natural: Overdentures can give you a  natural-looking smile. They are custom made to fit your mouth and blend in with your existing teeth. The prosthetics  are alsol ess likely to cause irritation to your gums.
Before and after full mouth implants with overdentures
Before and after full mouth implants with overdentures
  • Easy to care for: Overdentures are easy to take care of because you can snap them off from the abutment and dental implants. You can remove and brush them just like your natural teeth.
  • Full smile replacement: Overdentures is a full-arch replacement that can give you a complete smile makeover. With this treatment, you can replace all of your teeth on the top or bottom arch—or both.

What Are Traditional Dentures?

Are you considered an edentulous patient, meaning you are missing all of your teeth in either the upper or lower arch? Are you looking for a more economical denture solution? If you answered yes to both questions, then traditional full dentures may be right for you.

When people picture dentures, they’re usually thinking of the “false, ” or “regular,” teeth that are common among older adults. But dentures don’t have to be false teeth on a plate. They can also refer to any removable dental prosthesis that is used to replace missing teeth.

Traditional dentures are usually made of acrylic and fit over your gums. They’re held in place by suction or, in some cases, a mild adhesive. 

Full and partial dentures
Full and partial dentures

The main advantage of traditional dentures is that they’re usually less expensive than other dental prosthetics that are supported by implants, such as Overdentures, All on 4 dental implants or Fixed Bridges. 

They’re also a good option for people who have health conditions that make implant surgery too risky.

The procedure with traditional dentures is fairly simple. First, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and gums. 

During this appointment, he will also measure how much of your gum tissue has receded. This information will be used to create a model of your mouth, which the denture lab will use to make your dentures.

It usually takes about 1 to 2 weeks for traditional dentures to be ready. In the meantime, you may be given a temporary denture to wear.

TIP: Did you know that you can get affordable dentures in Mexico in less than two days (if you don’t need extractions)? Travel the first day for impressions and measurements. You get your final dentures the next day. And you can save up to 80% compared to your US denture cost.

Once your dentures are ready, you’ll come in for a fitting. During this appointment, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. It’s not unusual to need one or two adjustments before the fit is perfect.

Some of the significant advantages of traditional dentures are:

  • Cheaper: Traditional dentures are usually less expensive than other dental prosthetics, such as implants.
  • No surgery: The procedure with traditional dentures is fairly simple and does not require surgery.
  • Can be fitted in a single appointment: It usually takes about one to two weeks for traditional dentures to be ready. In the meantime, you may be given a temporary denture to wear.

What Factors Should I Consider When Choosing Dentures?

Now that you know a little more about traditional dentures and implant supported overdentures, how do you decide which one is right for you? Ultimately, the decision comes down to your unique needs and preferences. 

Consider the following factors when making your decision:

Are you a good candidate?

Most patients are good candidates for implants. The utmost important factor is having enough bone to support the implant. If you don’t have enough bone, the dentist may need a sinus lift or a bone graft before getting implants.

This is done to build up the necessary bone. Other factors that may affect your candidacy include:

If you’re going for traditional dentures, you don’t have to worry about any of this. All you need is enough gum tissue to support the denture.

Bone mass requirements

Have you been considering getting dentures but have been told that you don’t have enough bone mass? This is a common problem, especially for people who have been missing teeth for a long time. 

This is because the roots of the teeth help to stimulate the bone and keep it healthy. Without this stimulation, the bone begins to atrophy, or shrink. 

Model human jawbone
Model human jawbone

A weakened jawbone can be a problem for patients wanting traditional dentures because there needs to be enough bone to support the denture. 

This is not a problem for implants because they are placed directly into the jawbone, giving it the stimulation it needs to stay healthy.

What are your budget and time constraints?

True enough, implants are more expensive than dentures. Many of whom we’ve encountered have found that the cost of getting traditional dentures every 5-7 years can add up over time, and often outweighs the cost of implants in the long run.

The location of where you live also has a significant impact, with rural areas having a higher cost of living. 

The U.S. has some of the highest implant prices in the world. In Mexico, dental implants cost about 70% less than they do in the States and Canada. A dental implant in New York City costs an average of $5,000 while the same procedure done in Los Algodones, Mexico (a popular destination for American dental tourists) costs around $1,200. 

Two of Mexico’s leading dental tourism destinations are Los Algodones and Cancun, where you can find high-quality, low-cost dental care. Dr. Carlos Rubio is one of the most respected dentists in Mexico and has earned the title of the “Most Skilled Implant Surgeon” in the country.

Durability and comfort

When patients come to us asking about dentures, lifestyle is one of the first questions we ask. That’s because how you live your life can have a big impact on which type of denture is best for you.

For example, if you lead a very active lifestyle, you may want to consider implants because they are much more durable and stable than dentures. They are also more comfortable because they don’t move around in your mouth as much as dentures.

Traditional dentures are made to look like natural teeth and they’re usually more affordable upfront. But they’re also not as durable as other types of dentures and they can be uncomfortable to wear, especially if you eat sticky or hard foods. 

Overdentures, on the other hand, are anchored to your existing teeth or implants, so they’re more comfortable and secure. They’re also easier to care for than traditional dentures.

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

If you’re interested in getting dentures, Dayo Dental in Mexico is a good place to start. You might be thinking, “why should I travel all the way to Mexico for dental care?” The answer is simple: cost.

Los Algodones is known as the “Dental Capital of the World” because of the high concentration of dentists per capita. Dayo Dental is a leading provider of affordable dental care in Mexico, and you won’t believe how much you can save by getting your dentures done in Mexico.

Los Algodones dental implant
Los Algodones dental implant

To get an idea of how much snap on dentures cost in mexico, we’ve put together a pricing guide that covers the different types of dentures and the average cost of each.

Cost of DenturesUSMexico
Traditional Dentures$1,500$780
Overdenture with 4 Implants$12,000$7,400
Overdentures with 6 Implants$12,000$10,000

If you’ve decided to get either traditional dentures or an overdenture, you should contact Dayo Dental to learn more about your options and to get a free quote. 

Get in-depth, well-researched answers to all your questions about dentures by scheduling a consultation with Dayo Dental today.

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