I have worn dentures since I was 38. 20 years later my dentures won’t fit. I am tired of trying new dentures and getting them relined over and over again. I think that for all the different solutions I tried, by now I could have had at least paid for one or two dental implants. So now I am going to get them but I am doing some research first and picking a few dentists to visit for the implants. I love my dentist but he is young. Even though he will refer me to an endodontist for the surgery, if something goes wrong, I am not sure that my dentist would pick up on it quickly. So I am going to find a few dentists who are a little older and wiser. Of course my jawbone shrank with all of this denture wearing. My dentist does know enough to let me know that I will need grafting. I am just wondering after 20 years of wearing dentures, how much grafting will I need and how long will the healing be before I can actually get the implants. Thanks. Adala
Adala – The amount of bone loss will determine how much grafting is required. When dentures rest on the jawbone, they accelerate shrinkage. So after twenty years, your bone loss may be significant.
The only way to be certain is by receiving an exam and a 3-D CT scan. The scan will reveal your bone density throughout your jaw and help identify where implants should be placed.
The 3-D CT scan is a critical factor to successful implant placement that should not be overlooked. As you have consultations with different implant dentists, ask if he or she normally uses the scans to determine if patients are eligible for dental implants and to determine where they should be placed. If you find a dentist who is at all hesitant about ordering the scans, move on to the next dentist.
If bone grafting has to be completed before implant placement, healing time is about four months. Another four to six months is needed for the implants to fuse to the jawbone. There are different methods of grafting in relation to when the implants are placed, so be sure to ask each dentist which procedure will be used in your case. Review the pros and cons and compare your notes.
Ask each dentist about his or her training and credentials. Only select an implant dentist with extensive training and experience.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.