I have not adjusted to having dentures well. My dentist says they fit fine, but I can barely chew. They move a bit too. I think I made a mistake by getting them. Is it too late for me to get dental implants?
You are not alone in your dislike of dentures. While a great many people adjust, almost as many never do. While it may be true that you have well-fitted dentures, even the best fitting dentures will reduce your chewing capacity by 50%. Truthfully, the moving will only get worse.
Your jawbone is slowly getting smaller as a result of wearing complete removable dentures. Eventually, in say ten or so years, you’ll no longer have enough jawbone left to sustain your dentures. So, if you are going to switch to dental implants the earlier you do it the better.
One word of caution, you’ll need to know why you lost your teeth to begin with. If it was from gum disease that will need to be dealt with first. You have to have healthy gums or you’ll have no way to retain the dental implants. They’ll fall out just like your teeth did.
However, if you have healthy gums and in good general health, you’re probably a candidate for dental implants.
Your Best Option: Implant Overdentures
Let’s say you get to the dentist and it turns out you’ve already lost too much bone sustain your implants. All is not lost. You can have bone grafting done. That will build up the necessary bone to give you enough to have a successful procedure.
You don’t want to place an implant on every tooth, unless you just have money to spare. Instead, you’ll find it much more affordable if you get implant overdentures. These place around six dental implants and then anchor your dentures to them.
Benefits of Implant Overdentures
- Your dentures will be permanently in place.
- Your dentures will be completely secure. No more moving.
- You’ll no longer have to worry about facial collapse because the implants will ensure your jawbone doesn’t resorb.
Best of Luck to you.
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