I have had a pair of dentures for several decades. I was wondering if I could get dental implants still, or if it is too late. Cost is important, but I really want my teeth look nice for once, especially in photos with my grandkids.
Is it too late for dental implants? Am I stuck with dentures?
Tobin, from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hello there, Tobin,
You can still have a beautiful smile, even with dentures. When yours were initially placed, you likely received removable dentures. They are the most affordable option. Removable dentures go across the roof of your mouth, and can feel uncomfortable. However, dentures placed by a cosmetic dentist would be anchored in your jaw with dental implants. These implant overdentures are less likely to slide around and look far more natural.
If you are interested in dental implants, talk to your general dentist. They will determine where your implants need to go. Once that has been determined, you can see an oral surgeon about whether need a bone graft.
Since you have had dentures for decades, you probably have had significant bone loss in your jaw. A bone graft will make your jaw strong enough to get implants.
Be sure to get your dental implants from an expert cosmetic dentist experienced in dental implantology. Once they are in placed, your dentures will be made from strong yet aesthetic materials.
Implant overdentures are more affordable than a full mouth restoration with dental implants and porcelain crowns, but they will be still be more expensive than your removable dentures. The cost of bone grafting and the surgery to place the implants also is an added expense. Keep this in mind when you make your decision. Many cosmetic dental offices have payment plans, so be sure to discuss your situation with them
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