I’ve been in dentures for 25 years. I don’t like them and am having a hard time keeping them in. Is it possible for me to switch to dental implants at this point?
One of the biggest problems with dentures is the shrinking of your jawbone. This is what you’re experiencing right now. When your teeth were removed your body recognizes that. In an effort to be efficient with its resources, it will resorb the minerals in your jawbone where it perceives they will be more useful. That is why your dentures are no longer fitting.
Dental implants prevent that. Your dentist, or oral surgeon, will surgically place the implants into your jawbone. This tells your body that you still have teeth and it preserves your jawbone, preventing facial collapse.
It is possible for you to switch to dental implants. However, because of the amount of bone loss you’ve experience, it will require an additional procedure.
Getting Dental Implants after Dentures
You’ll need to have bone grafting done. This is an outpatient procedure which will build up your bone structure. Once that is healed, then it will be time to start the dental implant procedure. Without that bone, there will be nothing to hold the dental implants in place. They will come loose and fall out.
This is an advanced procedure, so you’ll want to make certain you’re going to a dentist which has the post-doctoral training in that procedure. With an experienced dentist, there is about a 98% success rate. But, you don’t want to go to an inexperienced dentist for this. There are too many things which can go wrong.
The good news is, this is also a chance for you to really update your smile. A dentist who has advanced training in both dental implants and cosmetic dental work can give you a stunning smile. This is the chance for you to get your dream smile. One you’ll be proud to share with the world. The best cosmetic dentists are AACD accredited. So, see if you can find an accredited dentist who does dental implants.
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