Many people view dental implants as an alternative to dentures. While this is true to an extent, many people opt to actually combine the two. Implant dentures are a great option if you find that you are having difficulty keeping your dentures from slipping, or are tired of having a diet limited by poorly fitting dentures. There are a number of benefits that arise from implant dentures, including a more varied diet, stimulation of the jawbone, and no more embarrassing slipping. How do you know if implant dentures are right for you, and which jaw should you have the dental implants secured to?
Upper or Lower Jaw?
It is important to remember that everyone’s mouths and jaws are different and that only a dentist will be able to tell which jaw is right for dental implants. Generally speaking, dental implants are only needed on the lower jaw to secure your dentures. This is because dentures on the lower jaw tend to be less stable and are more prone to slipping. Even so, implant dentures can be used on either jaw if there is enough bone present to support the dental implants. Many dentists tend to use dental implants more towards the front of the jaw because there is more bone there, but the dental implants should be spread optimally to ensure that the jawbone is properly protected and to avoid fulcruming.
Can Your Jaws Support Dental Implants?
This largely depends on a number of factors. If you have been without teeth and using run of the mill dentures for a number of years then you may need a bone graft in order for your jaws to fully support dental implants. Additionally, if you are a smoker quitting after the procedure simply is not enough. It is recommended that you quit at least one year prior to the procedure to allow blood flow to return to the gums. If you are diabetic and having difficulties managing it then your dentist will likely recommend against dental implants, at least until your diabetes is under control. If no other procedures, such as bone grafts or gum disease treatments, are necessary then you can expect the healing time for your dental implants to be right around 3 to 6 months.
Speak With Your Dentist
Deciding if implant dentures are right for you can be difficult, but fortunately you do not have to make the decision alone. Your dentist can help you decide if implant dentures are right for you. If you find that your jaw may not support dental implants but you are looking to try dentures that not only fit and function better, but also help rejuvenate your appearance, consider trying The Denture Fountain of Youth™. These dentures are crafted with your muscular structure in mind and can offer many of the same things that implant dentures do. If you live in the Columbia area please consider visiting with Dr. Adam Hahn at Smile Columbia Dentistry.
He can help answer any questions you may have about implant dentures or The Denture Fountain of Youth™. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (803) 781-9090.