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Is It Too Late to Get Dentures?

December 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmarchese @ 9:45 pm

Older man at dentist for denturesIf you’ve been living with untreated tooth loss for many years, it’s never too late to invest in a new set of chompers. However, your treatment may be more complex because missing teeth cause your jawbone to shrink. Don’t worry, your dentist has the solutions you need to enjoy a complete, beautiful smile again with dentures.

Missing Teeth and Bone Loss

Every tooth is important for a healthy smile. Losing even one tooth can cause your jawbone to shrink by up to 25% within the first year. Your jaw will continue to deteriorate as time passes because it isn’t being stimulated by a tooth root. 

A weak jawbone can lead to additional tooth loss and change the shape of your face, creating a sunken appearance, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

Dentures Don’t Stop Bone Loss

Dentures have been used for generations to replace lost teeth. They look and feel more realistic than ever before; however, they can’t stop bone loss. Traditional dentures replace the portions of lost teeth above the gum line. Prosthetics are held in a gum-colored base that rests on top of your gums. 

Dentures can be a great option for patients with a healthy mouth, even if your jawbone has deteriorated. Since dentures won’t stop bone loss, you’ll require regular relining to ensure your dentures continue to fit well.

Dental Implants Keep Your Jaw Strong

As an alternative to a traditional denture, you can invest in dental implants. A dental implant is the only treatment to replace both the tooth root and the crown. As a result, it prevents bone loss to keep your jaw strong to maintain a youthful appearance.

Depending on your situation, 4-10 implant posts can be placed into your jaw to serve as new roots. After your bone has integrated with them through a process called osseointegration, a denture is attached using special fixtures placed on each post.

You’ll enjoy unmatched support and stability, so you’ll never have to worry about slipping or irritation. You can regain up to 70% of your biting force to enjoy a variety of foods. With over a 95% success rate and a lifespan of 30 years or more, dental implants are a long-lasting investment.

Benefits of Bone Grafting

You must have sufficient bone density to support dental implants. If you’ve been without teeth for many years, you’ve probably suffered bone loss. You can still be a candidate for dental implants with bone grafting. The procedure strengthens your jaw using bone from a donor or another area of your body. 

Although it will add another step to your treatment plan, it’s time well-spent to invest in the next best thing to your real teeth.

About Dr. Frank Marchese

Dr. Marchese earned his dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in the latest treatments, including dental implants. He is a proud member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and many other professional organizations. Request an appointment through his website or call (630) 969-2310.

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