What You Need to Know When Switching From Dentures to Dental Implants

If you have a partial or complete denture to replace missing natural teeth, you’re likely familiar with the challenges that can come with dentures.

From having a separate cleaning process to being concerned about them moving in your mouth, dentures can be a hassle for some patients. While dentures can be a long-term tooth replacement option for some people, others will want to seek a different type of restoration.

Dental implants are an alternative to dentures that don’t require any extra care than brushing and flossing your teeth, and since they are securely anchored in your jaw, they can’t move or shift. Dental implants also allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods, even ones that you may not have been able to eat with dentures, which can improve your nutrition [1].

So what do you need to know when switching from dentures to dental implants?

You May Need to Consider a Bone Graft

Patients who have had dentures for years will likely need a bone graft before they are candidates for dental implants. The reason for this is that the body naturally absorbs jawbone over time when tooth roots are not being stimulated, as is the case with missing teeth.

Fortunately, a bone graft can help rebuild the bone in your jaw and create a stable place for an implant. Bone grafts are relatively common in implant dentistry, and about half of the patients seeking a dental implant will need a bone graft before getting one [2].

Although this process adds a few more months to the dental implant procedure, having secure, functional, and beautiful dental implants for life is well worth it.

You Won’t Need to Replace Every Missing Tooth

One of the advantages of dental implants is that they provide options for your tooth restoration needs, meaning even if you are missing all of your natural teeth, you won’t need to replace every missing tooth with a dental implant.

Depending on your unique smile, you may have the option of getting an implant-supported bridge, where a dental implant is used to support a bridge for multiple missing teeth rather than altering your adjacent natural teeth to support dental crowns.

You may also have the option of all-on-four dental implants, where four to six dental implants are placed and support a permanent tooth restoration, a fabricated row of teeth that are permanently attached to the implants. This allows you to replace a mouth full of missing teeth with just a few implants [3].

Your Quality of Life Can Improve

Without worrying about taking dentures out, cleaning them, using adhesive, getting them replaced every few years, and minding which foods you eat, your quality of life can improve with dental implants.

Although dental implants require more of a time and cost investment than dentures, they provide a lifelong tooth replacement option that gives you the security you need to smile, eat, and speak without worry.

If you’re thinking about switching from dentures to dental implants, schedule a consultation with an experienced prosthodontist today to discuss your tooth restoration options!

Sources:
1. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2022.930023/full
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4819798/
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4253293/

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What You Need to Know When Switching From Dentures to Dental Implants
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Dental implants are an alternative to dentures that don’t require any extra care than brushing and flossing your teeth, and since they are securely anchored in your jaw, they can’t move or shift. So what do you need to know when switching from dentures to dental implants?
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Elite Prosthetic Dentistry