Transitioning From Dentures to Dental Implants

Both dentures and dental implants provide patients with a way to restore missing teeth. While dentures tend to be a more affordable option, dental implants provide a more secure tooth replacement that can last for life

Since dental implants are anchored into your jawbone, they never require replacement and look just like your natural teeth. When you are transitioning from dentures to dental implants, here are a few things you should know!

Dental Implants May Require a Bone Graft

If you have had dentures for some time, it’s possible that you will need a bone graft to supplement your natural jawbone enough for dental implants. Since the implant itself is inserted into your jawbone, there needs to be enough bone in the area to properly support the implant.

While bone grafts won’t be necessary for every patient transitioning from dentures to dental implants, the longer you have worn dentures, the more likely it will be that you will need a graft.

Fortunately, bone grafts are very common procedures and only require local anesthesia to complete [1]. In fact, most bone grafts can be done in less than 90 minutes with minimal discomfort afterward.

You Have Options When Replacing Missing Teeth With Implants

Whether you wear full or partial dentures, you won’t necessarily have to replace every missing tooth with an implant. One of the advantages of dental implants is their versatility.

For example, you may be able to have four or six implants placed in what’s known as an All-on-4 procedure, then having a permanent restoration attached to these implants that provide you with a secure and flawless smile [2].

If you only have a few missing teeth, you may also be able to have a bridge with dental implants rather than replacing every tooth with an implant. Your dentist can let you know your options during your consultation for dental implants based on your budget and how many missing teeth you have.

Get Ready to Enjoy a More Secure and Beautiful Smile

Making an investment into your smile with dental implants can improve your quality of life and eliminate the hassle of dealing with dentures. While dentures certainly work well for some patients, others find them cumbersome and difficult to manage.

With dental implants, you never need to remove any part of the implant, and you’ll care for the implant just like your natural smile. While the dental crown that completes your implant will need to be replaced eventually, you won’t have to replace it nearly as often as dentures.

Dental implants can even augment your existing jawbone. When you lose a natural tooth or teeth, your body will get rid of the jawbone that was being stimulated by those tooth roots over time, which can result in a loss of facial volume [3].

Implants can help prevent the sunken facial appearance that happens with missing teeth and potentially restore lost volume to your face, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Are You Ready to Make the Switch?

If you’re considering making the switch from dentures to dental implants, contact your dentist to book a consultation to find out more about how dental implants can improve your smile for the better!

Sources:
1. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/21727-dental-bone-graft
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4253293/
3. https://connect.aaid-implant.org/blog/missing-teeth-face-jawbone

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Transitioning From Dentures to Dental Implants
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Transitioning From Dentures to Dental Implants
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Since dental implants are anchored into your jawbone, they never require replacement and look just like your natural teeth. When you are transitioning from dentures to dental implants, here are a few things you should know!
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Elite Prosthetic Dentistry