What Is Transitioning from Dentures to Dental Implants Like?

Model of dental implant

While dentures are a fine way for many people to replace their missing teeth, dental implants are considered the best solution to tooth loss currently available. Dentures are held in place with natural suction and sometimes denture adhesive, but dental implants are surgically placed directly in the jawbone to create a sturdy hold that allows for maximum stability and chewing ability. Here’s a quick overview of the process of switching from dentures to dental implants along with a few pointers to make the transition go smoothly.

Why Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?

While dentures are a long-lasting solution, they are not permanent and will usually need to be replaced after ten years. Since they do not address the underlying issue of bone loss in the jaw after tooth loss, a person’s jawbone will continue to atrophy while they wear dentures. This can cause even the best-fitting pair to start sliding around in the mouth, making it more difficult to eat and speak. While dentures can help a person eat a variety of foods, they only restore about a third of their chewing power, meaning that crunchy and chewy foods like nuts and steak are off the menu.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are placed directly in the jawbone, allowing them to prevent or reverse bone loss by stimulating the surrounding structure just like real teeth. Through the natural process of osseointegration, dental implants fuse with the surrounding skeletal tissue, resulting in a strong foundation that allows them to chew just like real teeth and to last for a lifetime with excellent care. Dental implants restore about 80% of the patient’s chewing power, meaning that they can enjoy steak and nuts to their heart’s content.

What Do I Need to Receive Dental Implants?

Before you can receive dental implants, you will need to have a consultation with your dentist. If they find that dental implants are not a great fit for you then, you may still be able to receive them later after a little reconstructive work. You’ll need healthy gums to receive dental implants, so any gum disease you have will need to be cleared up. If your jawbones are too thin to host them, you may be able to reinforce them with bone grafts. Once your jaw has fully healed from the grafting process, you may be ready to receive dental implants.

Don’t settle for less if you find yourself frustrated with wearing dentures. Your dentist can determine if dental implants are right for you after a brief consultation.

About the Practice

Pelican Landing Dental offers high-quality dental services from one comfortable office in Bonita Springs, FL. Led by a team of six skilled dentists, the staff sees to each patient receiving effective care that addresses their needs and preferences. Areas of expertise include preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry as well as dental implant services. To book a dental implant consultation, contact the office online or dial (239) 899-6707.