Wearing dentures has its advantages, but it also has many disadvantages, one of which is the continual upkeep of these removable restorations. While they may appear more appealing in the beginning because of their price tag, the timely maintenance and frequent replacements often lead many patients to consider a change. If you are thinking of making the transition from dentures in Jacksonville to dental implants, read on to find out how you can do it seamlessly and successfully.
Pre-Implant Dental Work
You may be surprised to learn that before you can even begin the process of dental implant placement, you may be required to undergo a bone grafting procedure. Why? Because having a strong and durable jawbone is necessary for ensuring maximum support is provided to your implants and customized denture. When teeth are missing from the oral cavity, the alveolar bone can quickly deteriorate, which can lead to a weakening of the jawbone and ultimately, facial collapse. Although dentures may allow you to appear as if you have a complete smile, nothing is stimulating the bone.
By allowing your dentist to apply grafting materials to the weakened areas of your jawbone, you can expect to have a stronger, more durable base within a few months. Then, you can move forward with discussions about dental implant placement.
Receiving Your Dental Implants
After you’ve finished healing from your grafting procedure, the next step will be to undergo dental implant surgery. This will require anesthesia and sedation to ensure you are completely comfortable throughout the procedure. Your dentist will make small incisions along the gums to expose the bone. Carefully, they will position and place each implant into the appropriate spot, resulting in at least 4-6 implants creating the firm foundation for your new smile.
After closing the gum tissue, you will return home to recover and allow osseointegration to occur, which is the fusing of the implants to your bone and surrounding tissues. You can expect this time to include some soreness and sensitivity, so you’ll need to make sure to follow the necessary instructions to avoid an infection or potential problem.
After Dental Implant Placement
Once your implants are permanently fused and firmly in place, you may inquire about using your current denture instead of having a new one created. While some dentists prefer to have a new restoration created, your dentist may be able to update your current denture so it fits comfortably over your new implants, creating a more stable and secure smile.
There will still be an adjustment phase, however, so it’s important that you take time to get used to your new implant before rushing into eating harder foods. With this type of tooth replacement solution, you can expect a longer-lasting restoration the provides greater functionality and improves oral health, all of which are significant benefits that cannot be achieved with traditional dentures.
Don’t continue to be unhappy with your current smile. Take the steps to transition to dental implants and get ready to enjoy life without the messy dental adhesive and regular dental replacements.
About the Author
Dr. James Schumacher has been practicing dentistry for more than 40 years. Graduating with his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Florida, he remains an avid learner and serves as a scholar of the L.D. Pankey Institute. Participating in Miami Implant Seminars as a student and faculty member, he is also found to regularly mentor aspiring dental students at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Offering patients the ability to replace their missing teeth with dental implants, he and his team go above and beyond to make the process as seamless as possible. If you are considering dental implants and are ready to make the switch from dentures, call our office at (904) 388-3559 or visit our website.