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I have Worn Dentures for Years, am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?


Posted on 8/22/2011 by Dr. Franco
Woman smiling about dental implants in Irving,TXMany Irving patients who have worn dentures for a long time often wonder if dental implants will work for them. This is a complex question, and can be best answered by an implant dentist, but there are some basic guidelines that can determine who might be a good candidate.

Candidacy for Dental Implants


Dental implants work best if candidates meet certain prerequisites. These include:

•  Overall good health
•  Sufficient bone mass to support implants
•  Willingness to care for implants during the healing period

The issue of sufficient bone mass is often a challenge for those who have worn dentures for a long time. Denture wear tends to lead to a loss of bone mass in the jaw because dentures do not stimulate the jawbone to grow the way natural tooth roots do. As a result, after you wear dentures for a long period, bone tissue in the jaw is likely to deteriorate. If sufficient bone mass is lost, there might not be enough bone left to adequately support the root portion of the implants.

Bone Grafting to Support Implants


If you have experienced bone loss in your jaw, you might be able to undergo a bone graft that will enable you to support dental implants. Bone can be harvested from another area of your body, or can be acquired from a donor source. Once the bone has healed, bonding with your existing jawbone, the implants can be placed, and you can have permanent, natural-looking teeth again.

Some implants can be placed with less available bone mass than others. This depends upon the technique your dentist chooses to use, and how many teeth you need to have replaced. To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, or for information about bone grafting, different implant options, or any other concerns about the possibility of receiving implants, call us now to schedule a consultation.

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