I finally have dental insurance. I’ve lost eight teeth because of gum disease. I’ve been trying to get them healthy but know I’m going to lose a few more in the meantime. Is it possible for someone like me to get dental implants or will I have to get dentures?
You are definitely on the right track. Plus, dental implants are the top-of-the-line tooth replacement option for you, especially when you’re losing so many teeth. It’s great that you are getting your gum disease under control because that is the first step you’d have to take in order to be a candidate.
It’s possible that you’ve lost a significant amount of bone as well, which will require an additional procedure called bone grafting. This is necessary because you need the bone to integrate with the implant to keep it secure.
Once those things are taken care of you are good for getting your dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
No matter how well-fitted dentures are, they reduce your chewing capacity by 50%. With dental implants, your new teeth are completely secure. You’ll be able to eat whatever you want without any trouble.
The biggest benefit of getting dental implants, however, is it prevents facial collapse. When your teeth are removed it signals to your brain the roots of your teeth are no longer there. Because your body strives to be efficient, it resorbs the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere.
After about ten or more years you no longer have enough jawbone left to retain your dentures. This is known as facial collapse.
Getting dental implants prevents this because the implants let your brain know there are still teeth there which need the bone support, so the minerals are left in place.
This blog is brought to you by Atlanta Periodontist Dr. David Pumphrey.