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Will I Need Bone Grafting for Dental Implants?

I think I will need bone grafting for dental implants. I lost most of my teeth to disease and injury and probably need extractions. I’m guessing, though, because I’ve only seen my family dentist about this. Although my dentist says he can do the implants, I am not confident that he has enough experience. I am not comfortable. How will a dentist determine if I am a candidate for bone grafting? Thank you. Rochelle from Denver

Rochelle,

Thank you for your inquiry. Your decision to get dental implants will improve your oral health. And you are wised to be cautious when choosing an implant dentist.

Will You Need Bone Grafting for Dental Implants?

You will need bone grafting for dental implants if your teeth have been missing for years and do not have enough bone volume to support implants. Your dentist must take a CT scan to measure your bone volume.

What Is Dental Implant Bone Grafting?

Dental implant bone grafting is a procedure that builds up jawbone volume. When your teeth are missing, your body takes minerals from your jawbone in those areas and uses them elsewhere. As your jawbone shrinks, it will become challenging to support dental implants.

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Snap-on denture

Whether you need implants to replace individual teeth or to support a snap-on denture, it may require bone grafting to give implants enough support. The bone grafts need to heal before your dentist places implants.

Bone sources for dental implant grafting

Bone grafting for dental implants can come from your bone—perhaps your hip or below your knee. Other bone sources included a tissue bank or artificial bone.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implant Bone Grafting?

An implant dentist will need to take x-rays and a CT scan to reveal your oral anatomy, bone volume, and bone health. But you are probably a candidate for implant bone grafting if the following is true:

  • Good oral health
  • Good overall health, including free of gum disease
  • A non-smoker

How to Find a Dentist for Implants

Look at dentists’ websites and review each doctor’s biography for post-graduate training in implant dentistry or partnership with a specialist in implant surgery.

After identifying two or three dentists who meet the qualifications, schedule consultations to discuss details about your case. You can prepare questions and take notes to compare dentists’ qualifications and whether you liked their interaction with you.

Best wishes.

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Will Facial Sagging from Missing Teeth Improve with New Dentures?

Will facial sagging from missing teeth improve with new dentures? I am 52 years old and missing all my teeth. I wore dentures for four years, but after a mishap, I could not afford new ones. I already can tell that my bone is shrinking and wonder if getting new dentures will improve the sagging. Hopefully, I will get some good news from you. Thank you. L. Sellers

Hello, L. Sellers,

Thank you for your question.

Will Dentures Improve Facial Sagging from Missing Teeth?

Dentures will improve facial sagging from missing teeth if you receive implant dentures. Also, if you have experienced a lot of bone shrinkage, you may need grafting to build up the bone to support your facial muscles and dental implants.

What Causes Facial Sagging When Teeth Are Missing?

When all your teeth are missing, your face will sag as your jawbone shrinks. Why does your jawbone shrink? Consider the facts:

  • Tooth roots stimulate and preserve the jawbone.
  • When your teeth are missing, jawbone stimulation stops.
  • Your body begins to resorb the bone and use the minerals from it elsewhere.
  • With less jawbone to support your facial muscles, your face starts to sag.

How Can You Prevent Facial Sagging?

You can prevent facial sagging when all your teeth are missing by supporting your dentures with dental implants. Implants are artificial tooth roots that stimulate the bone and limit shrinkage. Two to six dental implants can support a denture. A denture can snap onto two implants or screw onto four or more implants.

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Snap-on denture

So, rather than new dentures preventing facial sagging, bone grafting and implant overdentures are the solutions. But please do not shop around for the lowest cost. Cheap implants can loosen, get infected, and fail. Look for a dentist with advanced training who will use a three-dimensional CT scan to plan for and place your implants precisely.

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The front teeth in my snap-on denture are too big

Concerned senior woman, perhaps because her snap-on denture teeth are too big

For more than a year, I saved for implant dentures. Snap-on dentures were the most affordable, so I found who I thought was a good dentist. The implant placement went well, and I wore temporary dentures until the healing was complete.

Twice, I told my dentist that I was concerned that the front teeth in the denture were too big, and I wanted to be sure that the permanent denture would not look the same. My dentist said that the teeth looked fine, but we could get the permanent denture the way I liked it.

After a lot of discussion about the permanent denture and a try-in, I am convinced that somehow my dentist switched back to the denture with the buck teeth. I paid too much money for a snap-on denture with buck teeth. If my dentist will not cooperate, can I ask for a refund? Thank you. Janice from New Haven CT

Janice,

Thank you for your question. We are sorry that you invested your time and money into a new smile that does not complement your face. Yes, your dentist is responsible.

We suggest that you make a list of what you do and do not like about your snap-on denture. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss your concerns. Ask him if he is either willing to correct what you do not like or issue a refund. And you are entitled to a refund because the denture you received does not match the agreement you had with your dentist.

Preventing Denture Teeth from Being Too Big

A cosmetic dentist will ensure your denture teeth are not too big but complement your face. The wax try-in allows your dentist to check these factors:

  • Your facial appearance and profile
  • Lip fullness
  • Your bite
  • Your speech

Although you mention that your dentist did the try-in, it seems that he was not attentive to your concerns. If you think that your dentist will not cooperate, it is best to see a cosmetic dentist for a second opinion?

Will You Need a New Denture to Replace the Teeth?

A dentist can remove your snap-on denture, drill out the teeth, and reprocess the denture. The revision will improve your smile and help your snap-on denture feel comfortable.

Even if you decide to stay with your current dentist, consider getting a second opinion and documentation of the work that a dentist must complete to correct the denture teeth. You can take the information back to your dentist to support your discussion about the issues you want him to fix.

Best wishes for a stress-free resolution.

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Should My Dentist Refund My Money after Not Providing on Time?

I told my dentist I was moving to another state, but needed to replace my snap-on denture. In deciding whether or not to replace them now or wait until I move, I asked him how long it would take if I did it through him. He told me three weeks. That was do-able so I went forward with it. On week NINE it finally came in! But, it didn’t fit with the snap fixutres. He sort of forced it on. By the next day, I was in agony. I couldn’t even eat bread without pain. I was able to take it off, but it was not easy. I called to schedule to come in they told me my dentist was on vacation but I can see another one. I agreed. He told me the ‘holes’ were not properly done and the whole thing would need to be re-done. At this point, I am out of time. Is it unreasonable to just ask for a refund and do it at the new office? I can’t really drive back and forth for this?

Lance

Dear Lance,

Snap on Dentures

Your dentist entered into a contractual agreement with you when he said the denture would be ready in three weeks. When they weren’t, he broke that agreement. He did not just barely miss the deadline, either. He was a full six weeks late and even then it was not a usuable denture. So, yes, he should definitely return your money without any fuss. I would not let them “fix” it. You will be better served moving onto the other dentist.

Now, I say he should return your money without any fuss, but we all know that humans are sometimes unreasonable. I would start by just asking politely. If he doesn’t respond as he should, you have a few options.

First, tell him you will have to leave a review letting others know about the poor service and result you received from his care. Marketing research shows that a majority of patients check online reviews before deciding whether or not to see a specific care giver. In that same vein, you could offer to let patients know how accomodating he was when it didn’t work out the way you both hoped as a means of making him look better if he does cooperate.

Second, threaten to go to the dental board. I don’t know any dentist who is excited about the prospect of their name and practice being brought before the board.

Thirdly, if you paid through any dental insurance, you can contact the insurance company and see if they’ll help resolve it.

I am sorry this happened to you. Most people get Snap-on Dentures as a means of having more affordable dental implant options. When this is the result, it can be very discouraging. Make sure after you move, the dentist you choose to re-do these has advanced (post-doctoral) training in dental implants. These procedures are not adequately taught in dental school.

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Can’t Afford the Number of Implants My Dentist Requires

I am losing my teeth and wanted to get implant-supported dentures. My dentist is insisting I get twelve, six per arch. He says it is the only way they will be completely stable. If I can’t afford that am I stuck with regular removable dentures?

Daisy

Dear Daisy,

illustration of snap on dentures

I’m sorry he’s pressuring you. While it is true that the more dental implants you use to anchor the dentures, they more secure they’ll be. However, implant overdentures can be done with four implants per arch and give you both security from them slipping as well as protection from facial collapse.

If that is out of reach financially, you still have options before having to revert to complete removable dentures.

You could get snap-on dentures, which can use as few as two implants. They will move, but won’t fall out on you. They also give you some protection from facial collapse where the two implants are. This may get you started and you can save up for full implant-supported dentures as you are able.

It doesn’t sound like this is the best dentist for your situation. Some dentists will only do the ideal treatment, not caring about the hardship it puts on their patients who may not have a budget that can accommodate the ideal. In your place, I’d look for a more compassionate dentist.

He was ethically obligated to give you all your options, even if he wasn’t willing to perform them. This also bothers me. As he may not be willing to do the procedure you need for your financial constraints, this is the perfect time for you to find another dentist.

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Insurance Problems with Dental Implants

I need some help. I want to get dental implants, but can’t seem to get my medical insurance to cover it. Why wouldn’t they? It’s not like being unable to eat is good for my health? Will dental insurance cover them? If not, what do I do? I’ve heard dentures are bad for someone my age (I’m 52) but that may be all I can afford.

Grannie G.

Dear Grannie G.,

before and after side images of a woman suffering from facial collapse
Gentting dentures at the wrong age can lead to facial collapse

We sometimes forget that insurance companies are a business. As such, they want to make money. They’re not really there to think of the best option for the patient. Because dental insurance is available, medical insurance companies won’t cover anything which has to do with your teeth.

Dental insurance plans tend to cover the least expensive option available. For tooth replacement options, that would be dentures. So, you’re more likely to get most or full coverage of dentures, but only partial coverage of dental implants. That leaves you covering most of the bill.

Whoever advised you about the dangers of getting dentures at your age was correct. When your teeth are removed, your body begins resorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere in an effort to be efficient with its resources. This has the unfortunate effect of shrinking your jawbone. Depending on how quickly the resorption takes place, in ten or so years you’ll no longer have enough jawbone left to retain your dentures. This is known in dental circles as facial collapse.

I don’t want you to despair, though, there are ways to afford dental implants.

Affording Dental Implants

Staged Payments

The first thing you should know is payment for the dental implant procedure is usually done in two stages. First, is the surgical stage when the implants are placed. Then, after a period of time designed for both healing and osseointegration to take place.

Once that is done, the second payment is usually made when the implant crowns are designed. This allows you to break up the cost.

For some, even that is too much. Because of that many dentists will work through Care Credit, which allows you to take out a low-interest payment plan in order to get the treatment you need. If you qualify, this company allows you to choose how long you’ll take to repay it, thereby essentially choosing the cost of your payments.

Dental Implant Options

You don’t have to get a one-to-one tooth/implant replacement ratio. It is much more affordable to get implant overdentures which will use four to six implants per arch and then anchor your dentures to them.

If this is still too much money, snap-on dentures are a great option. It will allow you to use as few as two dental implants. It will anchor the denture in that spot and protect the bone where the implants are. This will get you started while allowing you to save up for more implants if you so desire.

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Are Dentures as Attractive as Dental Implants?

I’m 39 years old and need to get dentures. My dentist really wants me to get dental implants because they are better, but dentures are much more affordable. Can dentures be made as attractive as dental implants or do I have to get implants for a pretty smile?

misty

Dear Misty,

An illustration of both a denture and a dental implant

It is a shame you are having to lose your teeth at such as young age. Have you had a second opinion to see how many of your teeth can be saved?

While dentures can be made as beautiful and natural looking as dental implants, it is not their appearance which makes dental implants the better option. In fact, at your age, it is even more important. Let me explain.

Dental Implants Prevent Facial Collapse

When your teeth are removed, your body recognizes this. Without having teeth roots in your jawbone it feels the minerals there are of better use elsewhere. Trying to be efficient, it resorbs those minerals to use elsewhere. While useful to the parts getting the minerals, it has the unfortunate effect of shrinking your jawbone. Eventually, you won’t have enough jawbone left to even keep your dentures in. This is known as facial collapse.

With dental implants, a prosthetic root is surgically placed into your jawbone. This signals to your body that the bone is still necessary and preserves its structure.

If You Can’t Afford Dental Implants

When talking about a full set of dentures it is too expensive to do a one-to-one ratio of teeth to implants. Because of that, most patients will get implant overdentures. This uses between four and six implants and then fixes your dentures to them. This simultaneously protects your jawbone while saving you some money.

For some patients, even this is out of reach. In that case, my suggestion is to get snap-on dentures. This can use as few as two dental implants. It will keep the dentures from falling out and preserve at least some of your bone.

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Dentist Holding Teeth Hostage

I’m in a pickle. I’m losing my teeth. I know it’s my fault, but that doesn’t actually change my predicament. I need to replace them and asked for dentures because of cost. My dentist said he only placed dental implants and won’t give me dentures because of my age. I feel like my teeth are being held hostage by my dentist. Please tell me I’ll have alternatives.

Clarke R.

Dear Clarke,

An illustration of both a denture and a dental implant

While every dentist has the right to their practices treatment philosophy, I think this is unfair. Not everyone can afford the ideal. Instead, give patients their options. Tell them the pros and cons of their decision. Then, let them decide.

I will say one thing to your dentist’s credit, if you’re middle-aged or younger, he’s trying to save you from a devastating fate later. Once your teeth are removed, you body will begin reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere throughout your body. It does this because there are no longer any teeth roots and it perceives that as you not needing as much jawbone anymore.

The problem with this is your jaw begins to shrink. Your dentures just rest on the ridge of your jawbone, so after ten years or so there is no longer enough jawbone left to keep your dentures in. This is known as facial collapse and can derail your health. Without an ability to retain your dentures, you’ll be on a liquid diet.

Options to Complete Removable Dentures

Ideally, you’d get what’s known as implant overdentures. This allows you to anchor your dentures with about 4-6 dental implants per arch. There are quite a few benefits to this. No matter how well-fitted your dentures are, you lose about
50% of your chewing capacity. Having securely anchored dentures, gives you a normal chewing capacity again.

In addition to that, you no longer have to worry about them slipping or sliding. However, the biggest benefit is the prevention of the facial collapse I mentioned above. The implants serve as prosthetic tooth roots. This signals to your body that those minerals are still necessary.

However, I do realize not everyone can afford this option. In that case, my suggestion would be to get snap-on dentures. This allows you to get as few as two implants, which is much more affordable. It will keep your dentures from falling out and will preserve the bone near those two implants. As you can afford it, it will be incredibly beneficial for you to add implants.

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Tired of Dealing with Dentist. Can I Get Dentures Instead?

It seems like every single time I go for a checkup and cleaning my dentist finds several things wrong. Then, I spend the next few months fixing them. All my money goes to my dentist. Can I just extract them and get dentures so I can use my money on things I want?

Dan

Dear Dan,

An illustration of both a denture and a dental implant

I understand your frustration. However, I’m going to warn you that this decision, if you follow through with it, can ruin your life. Here is why. It sounds like you’re still pretty young. Unless you’re in your eighties, I wouldn’t recommend dentures. Instead, I’d recommend dental implants to prevent you from losing your jawbone.

When your teeth are removed, your body reabsorbs the minerals in your jawbone to distribute elsewhere throughout your body, where it deems it more needed. This slowly shrinks your jawbone. After about ten years or so, you no longer have enough jawbone left to retain a denture. This is known as facial collapse.
So, unless you plan on going on a liquid diet in about ten years for the remainder of your life in about ten years, you need a better plan.

Alternatives to Removable Dentures

If you’re determined to remove your teeth, the ideal solution is a to get dental implants. You can see one in the illustration above. This is a surgical procedure which puts prosthetic tooth roots in your jawbone, using either titanium or zirconia. Then, after a healing time, you can have dental crowns put on top, or in your case, you’d have a set of dentures anchored to them. This protects you from facial collapse. It also avoids all the other problems that come with dentures.

However, dental implants, especially the amount you need, is going to cost you way more money then if you just really bore down and had your teeth fixed.

Another alternative is to get snap-on dentures. These just use two implants and your dentures snap on to them. They’re not as stable as implant overdentures, but it will keep them in your mouth.

Truthfully, though I’m sure this isn’t what you want to hear, your best solution is finding out why your teeth are struggling so much. Go over your oral hygiene routine with your dentist to see if you’re missing any important steps. Also, until your teeth are back up to snuff, you can request to have a prescription fluoride to take home and use in order to give them some extra protection.

If you can get your decay under control, you’ll save a lot more money and have a much higher quality of life than if you simply extracted and replaced your troublesome teeth.

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What Can Keep My Dentures In?

I’ve had my dentures for a long time. Don’t ask my age. It’s rude. However, I do need advice. Regardless of how old I am, I don’t enjoy being humiliated by having my dentures fall out when I’m in public. So, be a nice young man and tell me how to fix this disaster. I’m almost scared to open my mouth. If you knew how much I loved talking you’d feel very sorry for me right now.

Eleanor

Dear Eleanor,

An image of a snap-on denture
Snap-on Dentures will keep them secure

What’s happening to you is a result of how long you’ve had your dentures. I certainly hope your dentist warned you about the problems with long-term dentures, but based on your question I don’t think he did.

When your teeth were removed, your body began reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere. After 10-20 years, there’s not enough jawbone to keep your dentures secure. This is known as facial collapse and the reason yours keep falling out.

Snap-On Dentures Could Be Your Solution

To solve this will take a couple of steps. The first thing you need is to build back up that lost jawbone. A simple outpatient bone grafting procedure can do that for you. Once you’re healed from that you have a few choices. I would never dare ask your age, but it will have an effect on which you choose.

The cheapest solution is to have new dentures made, but remember in a period of time, you’ll face the same issue of a shrunken jaw.

If you want the top-of-the-line tooth replacement option, then I’d get implant supported dentures. These attach your newly made dentures to dental implants. They will last a lifetime and prevent you from any further bone loss. The only drawback is the expense. They come with a hefty price tag.

In between those two treatments, is something called snap-on dentures. I’ve posted a picture of them right after your question. These use just two implants that will snap on to your dentures. They’re not as secure as a full set of implants would be, but they will keep your dentures in.

If you want to, you can add more implants as you’re able.

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