I suffer from advanced periodontal disease and have lost eight teeth. My gum line is low. I have dental insurance and I wanted to know if I can get dental implants instead of dentures to restore my teeth?
– Leslie from Illinois
When comparing dental implants to dentures, dental implants are a great choice to replace your teeth. Dentures are a less expensive option and can be done well, but many denture patients are unhappy. Dentures can reduce your chewing efficiency since they tend to slip around and even come out at embarrassing times. You need to be aware of another serious condition that people with teeth loss deal with. When all your teeth are missing your body senses that they are no longer needed and dissolves away the bone so the minerals can be used in other parts of the body. This is called facial collapse and it generally becomes quite serious after a period of about 10 years. Sometimes the jaw shrinks so much it becomes very difficult to even wear a denture. The face sinks in and causes a person to look much older than they are. Not only do dental implants help you to eat normally, but they prevent facial collapse. Dental implants look and function like normal teeth.
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. You must be in good overall general health and have adequate bone density to support the implants. Since you have periodontal disease, it may be more difficult for you. But there are things that can be done, like bone grafting to help secure the implants into place.
There are several great dentists in your area and I would encourage you find out if you are indeed a dental implant candidate. You will be very happy with choosing dental implants in the long run.
This post was provided by Plano dentist Whitmore DDS.