I’ve had dentures for close to 30 years. I now can’t even keep them in. Is there any hope I can get dental implants at this point?
What you’re dealing with is facial collapse. When your teeth were first removed, your body recognized that. As an effort to be efficient with its resources, it begins to resorb the minerals in your jawbone that were previously used to support the roots of your teeth. This slowly begins to shrink your jawbone and is the reason you are no longer able to return your dentures.
As to whether you can get dental implants at this stage, the answer is yes…but. In order to have implants which will stay secure in your jaw, that missing bone structure will have to be rebuilt. There is an outpatient procedure, called bone grafting, which can build back up your missing bone structure. Then, after a period of healing, you can begin the dental implant process.
Dental Implant Overdentures
You won’t get a one to one ratio of dental implants to teeth (or in your case dental crowns). It would be prohibitively expensive to do it that way. Instead, I suggest you do implant overdentures.
This utilizes between four and six dental implants and then, when osseointegration has taken place, your dentist will anchor a new set of dentures for you to them. These will be much more secure and comfortable than the dentures you had previously. Because they’re anchored, there is no slipping or falling out. You’ll also find your chewing capacity significantly increases, improving your quality of life.
Your Chance for a Dazzling Smile
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to get the smile of your dreams. If you go to an expert cosmetic dentist, they can not only fashion your dentures, but they can do it in a way that makes you look years younger and thrilled to share your new smile.
This blog is brought to you by Salem, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.