Traditional Dentures vs. Click-Tight®: A comparison

Most people know that dentures can replace an entire mouth of missing teeth.  What many people do not know is that there are several different types of dentures.  Not all dentures are created equally!

Due to advances in dentistry, we can now use dental implants to anchor dentures in place.  At Wellness Dental, our patented Click-Tight® system makes loose, uncomfortable dentures a thing of the past.

This blog will compare various aspects of denture wear between traditional dentures and Click-Tight® dentures.

Comfort

Traditional Dentures

A common complaint we hear from our patients who wear traditional dentures is that they are uncomfortable.  They often rub sore spots into the gums.  Because traditional dentures merely rest on the gums, they can move and shift as you eat or speak.  Like wearing a shoe that is just a little big will create blisters on your feet, the friction of the movement of a denture creates sores on the gums. They feel too bulky under the lips and tongue.  Traditional dentures must extend out over the jaw bone both toward the cheeks and lips and toward the tongue for the right amount of support.

Click-Tight® Dentures

As the name says, our dentures tightly click into place on an implant connection.  This keeps them securely in place, so there is no rubbing.  Our dentures get their support from the implant body in the jaw bone and not from long extensions out into the cheeks and under the tongue.  Click-Tight® dentures are much smaller, without projections that make your mouth feel too full.

Chewing

Traditional Dentures

Some patients have no trouble chewing in traditional dentures.  After years of practice and training their lips, cheeks and tongue, they can hold the dentures in place while they are chewing.  Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.  A lot of people tell us that chewing in traditional dentures is embarrassing, uncomfortable, or downright painful! 

In the very worst case scenarios, they leave the dentures out and do not get adequate nutrition.  This can lead to some serious health problems!

Click-Tight® Dentures

With Click-Tight® dentures, the implant connection holds your denture solidly in place, allowing you to chew without fear of the dentures falling out, rubbing and moving uncomfortably.  It also gives you better chewing ability.  With attached dentures, you can chew with the right amount of force and do not have to avoid your favorite foods!

Speaking

Traditional Dentures

As with chewing, speaking in traditional dentures can be embarrassing if the dentures are loose.  Many people choose not to speak for fear others will see the dentures moving or shifting inside their mouths.

Others complain that the extra material around the teeth of a denture creates speech impediments.  Some feel that they lisp or make a hissing sound.

Click-Tight® Dentures

With Click-Tight® dentures, there is no fear of loose dentures.  You can speak with confidence, knowing your teeth will not fall out!

Because the implants in the Click-Tight® system provide the support for the dentures, there is no need for thick, awkward material that gets in the way of your tongue when you’re trying to talk.

Appearance

Traditional Dentures

There is no question that any dentures look better than having no teeth at all.  All dentures can recreate the smile and fill out the face where it has sunken into space where teeth used to be.  As already discussed, traditional dentures require a certain thickness of material extending out into the cheek space.  For some people, their faces cannot naturally support this extra bulk.  Their lips and cheeks look too full.

Click-Tight® Dentures

With Click-Tight® dentures, the dentures do not have to be made for strength and support.  They get their strength and support from the implants.  Instead, we can make them the right size for your face.  Click-Tight® dentures give us the ability to make the denture size based on your appearance, not on the requirements of the denture material.

Health of Jaw Bones

Traditional Dentures

The bones in the human jaw only serve one purpose: to hold teeth.  Once teeth are missing, the jaw bone naturally deteriorates, shrinking over time.  Patients who wear traditional dentures for decades see that the horseshoe-shaped bone in their jaws gets smaller and smaller.  As the bone shrinks, so do the support for the dentures.  The less bone you have, the harder it is to get a good-fitting denture.  And more importantly, very small, thin jaw bones are at a high risk for breaking in facial injuries.

Click-Tight® Dentures

Dental implants anchor directly to the jaw bone.  Luckily for us, the jaw bone reacts to dental implants the same way it reacts to teeth.  The bone holds the implants in place.  When implants are present, the jaw bone does not shrink, and therefore the jaw with implants is much healthier in the long-term than one without.  The implants maintain the bone’s height and width and strength for decades.

Are You Interested in Click-Tight® Dentures?

Call Wellness Dental today to schedule a consultation with our dental implant experts!  They will discuss all of your treatment options and help you choose which one is best for you!

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