When you have been living with a partial or full set of dentures, you may be wondering if you can make the switch to having them replaced with oral implants. Fitted to your jaw, implants can be held down securely while requiring no adhesives to do this and they are unlikely to cause sores. But would you need an implant to support every tooth in the denture or is there a way for implants to be arranged differently when it comes to supporting dentures?
Of course, if you are interested in an implant-supported denture, you will have some questions. Read on for the answers to some of the more frequent questions about having dentures and dental implants in Bromley.
How many implants are needed?
This will depend on how large the denture you are having fitted is. For partial dentures, you can expect to have a single implant or even 2 implants fitted. If you are having an entire upper or lower denture fitted, then you may require up to 5 implants on one jaw. For more information on this, talk to your dentist.
Is the fusing time longer due to the dentures?
No; as is the way with all oral implants, the fusing times depend on the health of the jaw, your age and other factors. The dentures themselves have no bearing on how long the implants need to fuse. But if there are more of them needed to support a denture, the process can take a bit longer than the fitting and fusing of a single implant.
If you smoke or drink excessively or have a degenerative bone/jaw disorder, disclose this to your dentist before you have implants fitted. This can help them decide on the type of implant to be fitted to ensure that the fusing process is successful and that your implants have a long lifespan. Great stuff!
Do fitted dentures last as long as a single oral implant?
A single dental implant can last up to 20 years or more with good oral hygiene and correct dental maintenance and so the implants that support the fitted dentures can easily last this long too.
However, as mentioned earlier, be sure to cut down on excessive drinking and smoking and try to maintain your health. If you are diagnosed with a condition such as osteoporosis after you have had implants fitted, please discuss with your dentist to know how this will impact your implants. If you need to begin treatment for conditions like cancer or an autoimmune disease, discuss the impact that this may have on your implants with your dentist and healthcare provider.
Are there any risks of having a fitted denture?
No, not really. Remember, a denture that is not supported by an implant may be more prone to moving, causing sores and ulcers and even getting lost when removed. With an implant-supported denture, you will have a longer-lasting denture that is immovable and stronger to bite and chew with, while it also looks natural. What’s not to like about that?