I’ve had dental implants for a bit over ten years. They are starting to give me problems and it’s driving me batty. Is it too late at this point to get dental implants instead? I’ve heard they don’t have the same problems that dentures do.
I’m going to give you a “yes…but” type of answer. Don’t you just love those? You are experiencing the very beginnings of facial collapse. When your teeth were first removed and you received dentures, your body immediately recognized that. It then began to resorb the minerals in your jawbone to use throughout your body in places it thinks the minerals will be more necessary. This slowly shrinks your jawbone. It won’t be much longer before you no longer have enough jawbone left to even retain your dentures.
The loss of bone is the first thing that will need to be addressed. First, you’ll need to have some bone grafting done. This will build back up the missing bone. It is an outpatient procedure which can be done by using either natural or synthetic bone. After a period of healing you will then be able to get your dental implants.
Benefits of Implant Overdentures
Your dentist or oral surgeon, depending on the route you take, will place between four and six dental implants in each arch. Once the bone has had time to integrate with the implants, your dentist will then secure a brand new set of dentures to them. The use of implant overdentures have many benefits, but three of the most popular are:
- They will be completely secure. No more slipping or sliding.
- Your chewing capacity will increase. Even the best fitting dentures, reduce your chewing capacity by 50%. However, having the security of the implants to keep them in means you can go back to eating anything you want.
- Dental implants prevent facial collapse. Because the implants serve as prosthetic tooth roots, your body interprets their presence as you having your natural teeth. As a result, it will leave the minerals in your jawbone completely intact. You won’t have to worry about facial collapse again.
Best of luck to you.
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