What to Expect When Switching from Dentures to Implants
Your dentures have served you well—they’ve given your mouth the chance to look and feel normal once more. However, they are far from perfect, and you might be ready for a more permanent solution that can yield additional functionality and benefits. If you’re familiar with dental implants, then you’ve probably heard all about what they can do for a compromised smile. That said, you might be curious about making the switch from dentures to implants. Keep reading to learn more.
Why Should I Switch from Dentures to Dental Implants?
Patients sometimes choose dentures over dental implants, mostly due to less recovery time and the relative ease of getting used to dentures, not to mention they are a much more affordable option. However, dentures can become quite problematic and annoying over time. They slip and slide around your mouth and require adhesive to stay put—and even then, they aren’t too stable. Cleaning them can be an enormous hassle, and sometimes even taking them out can be painful.
But when compared with dental implants, it’s clear that the latter is the superior option. Dental implants don’t just improve the quality of your oral health—they improve the quality of your entire life! They’re very stable compared to dentures, as they are literally fused to your jawbone. This means they’re staying put, without the use of adhesives or creams. They also don’t limit your diet, unlike dentures. Best of all, they’re relatively simple to care for; regular and consistent oral hygiene will keep them durable and clean. All in all, they’re the absolute best option for replacing missing teeth, and switching to them from dentures is entirely possible!
What Should I Expect When Switching to Implants?
Compared to some other dental procedures, the process for receiving implants can take some time. If your jawbone density isn’t sufficient for supporting implants, you might require a bone graft beforehand. This can ensure that your jawbone is able to fully support and fuse with the implants once they’ve been placed—though it can take about four to six months for the new bone to fuse with your jaw (and that’s not counting the months-long recovery process after receiving your actual implants).
Some patients are curious about using their dentures with dental implants; implant-supported dentures are still a viable option, but they will still require cleaning and maintenance. These can either be removable or permanent, but most basic dentures aren’t constructed of a good enough material to withstand the full capabilities of implants, and sometimes a crown or bridge is placed instead.
Talk with your dentist about switching from dentures to dental implants if you’re ready for a serious oral health upgrade! Assuming you’re eligible, you’ll be satisfied with the look and feel of your new smile.