When people choose to get dental implants, there are often several common things to consider. For example, the number of teeth they’ve lost will determine how many dental implants they’ll need, and what type of restoration will work best once they’re placed. However, for patients with more severe cases of tooth loss who already wear a conventional denture, there may be more to consider. The benefits can be more significant for their oral health and structures, but the impacts of their tooth loss might also have a greater chance of affecting their dental implant placement.
Why denture wearers have more to consider
A conventional denture is designed to restore a smile that’s lost most or all of the healthy, natural teeth on the upper or lower dental ridge. The extent of the loss is one reason why restoring your smile may be more complex. Rebuilding the dental ridge will require replacing all of the teeth along the ridge, and the effects of having lost that many natural teeth roots can have a more profound impact on the ridge’s integrity. This is partly why traditional denture wearers often have to have their restoration’s resized or replaced to accommodate the changing shapes of their dental ridges.
Choosing an implant-supported, full-arch restoration
These consequences play an important role in restoring your smile with dental implants. On one hand, receiving dental implants to replace your lost teeth roots can help you prevent much of the loss of density in your jawbone structure. However, if you’ve already lost a significant amount of mass and density, then you may need additional treatment to receive your implants, or benefit from specialized implant posts. For your full-arch restoration to successfully restore your smile, the bone structure of the ridge must be substantial enough to support the dental implants that it rests on.
What you might have to do before getting implants
Due to the extensive nature of the tooth loss that you’ve experienced, the amount of time that has passed since you first received your denture is also an important consideration. The impacts of losing teeth roots get worse over time, as does the overall strength and integrity of your jawbone structure due to the loss of stimulation. In severe cases, you might require jawbone grafting to strengthen the dental ridge before it can receive the implant posts needed to support your full-arch restoration. However, we may be able to help you avoid grafting, or minimizing the procedure, by utilizing a series of small-diameter dental implants to support your restoration.
Learn if implants can make your denture better
If you wear a conventional denture, then receiving a full-arch restoration that’s supported by dental implants could significantly improve your long-term oral health. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.