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Can I Adapt My Dentures for Dental Implants?

Although many people may opt for dental implants right away, others may postpone the decision, initially getting full dentures. However, after trying dentures without implants for a while, they want dental implants. In some cases, current dentures can then be adapted to work with dental implants.

However, this isn’t always the best option. Here are some questions you should ask about this process to help you make your decision.

How New Are My Dentures?

If you are going to adapt dentures to dental implants, it’s best if we are working with relatively new dentures. Over time, dentures can become worn or damaged, making them more likely to break and less likely to fit properly with dental implants.

Many people hold on to dentures for a long time past their recommended lifespan. This isn’t generally recommended, and it especially isn’t recommended if you want to adapt dentures to dental implants.

How Good Do My Dentures Look?

dreamstime_xs_43998984Another important consideration is whether your dentures look good enough to justify adapting them.

Not all dentures are made using the best principles of cosmetic dentistry, and as a result many dentures aren’t very good looking from the beginning.

Other times, dentures can become unattractive over time. Dentures can wear down, presenting a more aged appearance. They can also become discolored over time as a result of exposure to coffee, tea, red wine, and other staining foods and beverages.

How Well Do My Dentures Fit?

It’s a misconception that denture fit doesn't matter when you get dental implants, but it does. First of all, in many cases implant-supported dentures aren’t actually supported completely by implants. They are still partly supported by resting on your gums, so if you have poor dentures causing irritation and other problems.

And even if you do get completely implant supported dentures, the poor fit remains and has to be passed on somewhere. The fit problem might cause your dentures to fit poorly together and wear out faster or even break.

The poor fit might also be passed on to your temporomandibular joints (jaw joints), causing injury, damage, or dysfunction there.

So, although dentures can often be adapted for dental implants, it’s a complex decision. For help with this or other denture-related questions, please contact a local FOY® Dentures dentist today.

By |February 20th, 2015|Denture Fit|

About the Author:

This post was written by Rod Strickland. Dr. Strickland is a dentist in Savannah, GA. He is the inventor of the Denture Fountain of Youth® technique.