Dental Implant Alternative #2: Dentures
Dentures are false teeth set in a base that is designed to replicate the appearance of gums. Dentures mostly just sit on the gums, so they are not very secure. Attachment, such as it is, is given by hooks and clasps for partial dentures and/or mechanically by a large base that fits along the roof or floor of the mouth. Full dentures without dental implants depend on suction for attachment, which works better on the top where there is a large uninterrupted surface area for suction to work.
Partial dentures can help maintain spacing, and they can keep your teeth functioning, although they don’t usually function themselves for chewing. Full dentures are better for chewing than no teeth at all, but unless they’re secured by dental implants, they are not fully functional. When properly made, dentures can be attractive. All dentures can slip when talking, laughing, or eating, which can cause embarrassment. The jawbone will atrophy under dentures, and sometimes poorly fitting dentures can even speed tooth loss.