The transition from dentures to dental implants is a decision many individuals make when they want to improve their oral function, aesthetics, and comfort. Despite being a more complex and time-consuming process, dental implants provide a long-term solution to tooth loss that is secure, durable, and offers a realistic appearance.

One of the primary benefits of dental implants over dentures is that they offer a more stable, long-lasting tooth replacement. Unlike dentures, which can slip or cause discomfort, implants are fixed in place and function like natural teeth. They also don’t require special cleaning regimens – regular brushing and flossing are sufficient.

Before proceeding with dental implants, your dentist will assess the condition of your gums and jawbone, overall health status, and suitability for the surgical procedure.

Facial Collapse and Dental Implants

Facial collapse, also known as bone resorption or jawbone atrophy, is a common long-term issue that can occur when teeth are missing for a prolonged period. When a tooth is lost and not replaced with an implant, the bone that formerly supported the tooth begins to recede because it no longer receives the stimulation from biting and chewing.

Over time, this can cause a reduction in bone density and volume, leading to the condition known as facial collapse. This condition often affects those who’ve worn dentures for many years. As the bone diminishes, it can lead to a sunken or aged look in the lower face, as there isn’t enough bone to support the lips, muscles, and skin properly.

Dental implants are a solution to prevent facial collapse. Unlike dentures, which rest on the gums, dental implants integrate with the jawbone, providing the stimulation of a natural tooth root. This stimulation helps to maintain bone density and volume, preventing the process of bone resorption.

Bone Grafting

If facial collapse has already occurred, it does not necessarily preclude the use of dental implants. In many cases, bone grafting can be done to restore the lost bone and create a solid foundation for the implants.

Bone grafting involves placing bone tissue and a growth matrix into the jawbone to encourage new bone growth. After three to nine months, the grafted bone becomes part of the jawbone, creating a strong base for dental implants.

All-On-4 Dental Implants

All-on-4 dental implants can be an effective solution for those who have previously worn dentures. This innovative treatment involves placing four strategically positioned implants in the jawbone, onto which an entire arch of artificial teeth is attached. This procedure can often be completed in one day, reducing the time and complexity associated with traditional implants.

For individuals who have experienced bone loss from wearing dentures, the All-on-4 method can often use the remaining bone efficiently, eliminating the need for bone grafts in many cases.

Arrange Your Complimentary Dental Implant Consultation

The first step in getting dental implants involves a thorough dental examination. Your dentist will evaluate the condition of your gums and jawbone. Healthy gums are necessary to integrate the implant successfully, and sufficient jawbone density is vital for supporting the implants.

In terms of overall health, certain medical conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, or cancer may affect your suitability for dental implants. Habits like smoking can also impede the healing process. Discussing your complete medical history with your dentist before proceeding with implants is important.

Dental implants can enhance the quality of life for individuals who previously wore dentures. The transition from dentures to dental implants represents a long-term investment in oral health. Contact our practice today for a dental implant consultation and begin your journey to a healthier and more beautiful smile.