I started wearing dentures when I was 32 years old. My teeth were so badly decayed that the dentist I had at the time just pulled them and gave me dentures. They have been good in the sense that I can eat and smile without being embarrassed. Now that I am 62 I want a better looking smile and I want to do something about the way my smile looks. I’m wondering if after 30 years of wearing dentures if it’s too late to get dental implants for my dentures. If I can’t get the implants what are my other options? Thanks Jody
Jody – Even if you receive implant-supported dentures, you will need a skilled cosmetic dentist to provide you with dentures that look completely natural. When dentures look fake and bulky, it’s due to the materials used and lack of artistic talent from the dentist. Many dentists only provide low-quality, economy dentures.
If you’ve been wearing dentures for 30 years, you probably have significant jawbone loss. Bone is resorbed by your body when all of your teeth are missing. Lack of jawbone structure to support your facial muscles can drastically change your appearance and your smile. Bone loss can make your face appear shriveled or sunken.
You might be a candidate for dental implants, but an examination and diagnostic studies are required to determine if you are a candidate. Bone grafting will likely be needed to provide support for the implants. After a healing period, the implants are surgically placed. Time is allowed for the bone to fuse with the dental implants, after which dentures can be secured to them. We recommend that you find a few cosmetic dentists who provide dental implants. Schedule a consultation with each of them to learn what each dentist does to ensure you receive beautiful cosmetic dentures and high-quality dental implants to support them.
This post is sponsored by Bedminster cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.