I’m 83. I’ve had dentures for a large part of my life due to a car accident in my late 40s. I’ve always been embarrassed by them. This Christmas my grandson bought me a laptop and set it up by my favorite spot. He also gives me computer lessons every week so I can use it. I’ve been “cruising the web” as he calls it and found out that now there are dental implants which is like having teeth again. Am I too old? I hate my dentures.
What a lovely gift your grandson gave you. I especially love that he’s giving you lessons every week. Those will be special moments you’ll remember forever. Your internet searching is fruitful and will end up changing your life.
First, the great news, you are definitely not too old to get dental implants. In fact, the oldest person on record to have dental implants placed had them done at the spry young age of 100! You’re nothing but a tadpole compared to her.
Getting Dental Implants after Years with Dentures
I’m sure you’ve noticed they don’t fit as well as they used to. That’s because ever since your teeth were removed your body began to resorb the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere where it thinks your body will need them more.
Though it is a remarkable demonstration in being efficient, it does cause your jawbone to shrink. For as long as you’ve had dentures, I’m sure you have a minimal amount of jawbone left. When that happens, you’ll need to build your bone structure back up in order to get the dental implants.
That’s not hard to do. There’s a procedure called bone grafting, which can be done outpatient. It helps you get the bone you need to secure the implants.
Getting the Smile of Your Dreams with Dental Implants
In addition to having secure teeth, you get to design your smile. Make sure you go to a dentist who is skilled in creating beautiful smiles. Look at their smile gallery. This will give you an idea of what type of smiles they’ve designed. The implants are topped with porcelain crowns so you can get any kind of smile you want.
This blog is brought to you by Vero Beach Dentist Dr. Rick Root.