I want to get dental implants because my dentures drive me crazy. I’ve had dentures for 13 years though. Is it still possible to get implants or did I wait too long?
As long as you are in good general health, you should be a candidate for dental implants. However, the length of time you have been in dentures, will mean facial collapse has begun. When your teeth were removed, your body recognized that and began resorbing the minerals in your jawbone in an effort to be as efficient as possible with your body’s resources. Unfortunately, this means your jawbone begins to shrink. After about ten years or so, you’ve lost so much of your jawbone it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to keep your dentures in.
For dental implants to be successful, there needs to be enough bone structure to support it. If you’ve lost as much as I suspect, you will need to have bone grafting done before you can have a successful dental implant procedure. This is an outpatient procedure.
Once the wait time is completed, you can safely go ahead with getting your dental implants. When you’re missing all of your teeth, it is more cost-effective to get implant overdentures instead of a single dental implant for each tooth. This will use between four and six dental implants and then anchor your denture to it.
The first benefit you’ll notice is you don’t have to worry about your dentures slipping anymore. They will stay securely in place. The next thing will likely be how much your chewing capacity has improved. Even the best fitting dentures reduce your chewing capacity by 50%. You’ll be able to easily eat whatever you’d like again.
A Cosmetic Consideration with Dental Implants
You will not only be getting new teeth, but a new smile as well. One thing to consider is the cosmetic skill of the dentist doing your dentures. These can be as stunning as you would like. In your place, I would look for someone who is AACD accredited. These are the top cosmetic dentists in the country.
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