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What Are Implant Dentures?

I have heard of dental implants and I’ve heard of dentures, but what are implant dentures? I’m losing quite a bit of teeth because of a car accident. I don’t think I can afford dental implants but I’m too young for dentures (26). So is this a midway thing?

Lara K.

Dear Lara,

Implant Overdentures

Implant overdentures keep dentures secure without gagging.

I’m very sorry about your accident and that you’ve been put in the position of replacing your teeth. If you’re losing most of your teeth, then implant overdentures are a great option for you. They give you the benefit of dental implants without having to get an implant for each missing tooth, which can cost a small fortune depending on how many teeth you’ve lost.

Obviously, the more implants the better, but you can start with what you’re able.

I would hope your dentist went over with you why someone your age would need dental implants instead of dentures, but just in case…

When your teeth are removed your body (being the amazing efficient work of art it is) recognizes you no longer need the minerals in your jawbone to retain your teeth. It moves those minerals elsewhere throughout your body to be used in places they’d be more useful. There’s are a couple of problems with that:

Look at the picture above with the woman. It shows what will happen to your face when you’ve had dentures for 10-20 years. You’ll still be a young pup by then but will look years older.

This one has rather serious implications for your health. You won’t have enough jawbone left to retain your denture. This will make them impossible to wear, also making it impossible for you to eat.

Get a Skilled Cosmetic Dentist for Your Dentures

When it comes to your smile, you don’t want to mess around. False teeth can be made to look absolutely stunning, but they must be done by a skilled, artistic cosmetic dentist. To ensure that, I’d suggest you go to the mynewsmile.com website. When dentists ask to be listed on their site, they check out their technical skill, training, and artistry. If they’re not up to snuff, they won’t get listed.

This blog is brought to you by Naperville Dentist Dr. David Newkirk.