I’ve had dentures for ten years. I absolutely hate them. Absolutely. I was thinking of switching to the ones with implants but I don’t know enough about how they work. Are they permanent or do the implants come off like a prosthetic limb can? Are they any better than regular dentures?
You will be much happier with implant-supported dentures than you are with your current completely removable dentures. Unlike, prosthetic limbs, the implants are surgically placed into your jaw, making them permanent and secure. Once the healing is complete, your dentist will anchor your dentures to the implants. This allows your dentures to be as secure as your implants.
One of the things you’ll notice fairly quickly is a dramatic increase in your chewing capacity. Even the best fitting dentures reduce your chewing capacity by 50%. You’ll be much more able to enjoy all the foods you once did.
Implant Overdentures and Facial Collapse
Because you’ve had dentures for ten years, you may find that when you go in for your evaluation that you’ve lost bone structure in your jaw and need an additional procedure first. This is because when your teeth were first removed your brain recognizes that. In a desire to be most efficient, it then resorbs the minerals in your jawbone to be used elsewhere in your body. Unfortunately, the result is your jawbone slowly shrinking. In dental circles, this is called facial collapse.
That bone structure is required in order to maintain the security of the dental implants. Without it, your implants will become loose and fall out.
Your dentist will let you know if you have enough bone still present and intact to have good osseointegration take place. If you don’t, there is still hope. There is a bone grafting procedure which will build back up the missing structure. This will allow you to get the dental implants you need.
The best thing about getting implant overdentures is having the prosthetic tooth roots in your jawbone fools your body into thinking your natural teeth are still there. This prevents the loss of minerals, thereby leaving your jawbone completely intact.
This blog is brought to you by Atlanta Periodontist Dr. David Pumphrey.