Many people think that dental implants and dentures are an either-or proposition. And, certainly, many dental implant practices try to represent it that way. Tired of your dentures? Get dental implants. However, the truth is that dental implants are often used to support dentures.
If you are a new denture wearer, this is often pretty easy to do. If you’ve been wearing dentures for a while, there are some harder questions to answer.
If you are considering having dental implants that support your dentures, and you’ve just lost your teeth, there’s a good chance we can do it easily. Most of the time, you will have adequate bone to support your dental implants that can then anchor dentures.
We will talk to you about different ways to anchor your dentures so that you can decide how many dental implants is best for you, and whether you want your dentures to be permanently fixed in your mouth or removable.
If you’ve been wearing dentures for a while and are now considering dental implants, we may have to be a little more careful. The main concern is whether you have enough bone to support dental implants. Bone tends to be resorbed (removed) from the jaw once your teeth are gone.
There are many good tricks we have that can help us anchor dental implants once you’ve lost some bone, such as angled implants and mini implants. Bone grafts can also be used to help increase the amount of bone.
Sometimes you may not have the option of getting dentures permanently fixed in the mouth if you’ve lost too much bone.
One question longtime denture wearers often ask is whether they can keep their old dentures when they get dental implants. Possibly, but we have to evaluate a few questions:
Relatively new dentures work best for adapting. Dentures can lose their fit over time, making them ill-suited to fitting with dental implants, which are firmly anchored in the bone.
Dentures can also get worn out, and why would you want to go through the trouble of adapting worn out dentures?
Not all dentures look good enough to make them worth adapting. Some dentures are just poorly made and unattractive from the start. Others get worn, stained, or damaged. If you are going through the trouble of getting dental implants, don’t you want a smile that’s worth the effort?
Denture fit matters with dental implants, the same as before. Although the implants can make your dentures stay in no matter what the fit is like, but poor fit is poor fit, and it will be expressed somewhere. The dentures may feel uncomfortable or function poorly. They may even put excessive stress on the dental implants or on your jaw.
If your dentures pass all three tests, we might be able to use them with new dental implants.
To learn more about getting dental implants with your dentures, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a Philadelphia denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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