There are about 35 million people in the United States with missing teeth, and roughly 90 percent of these people do have dentures. As much as dentures help someone who has lost their teeth regain their smiles and chewing power, they are not always the most stable solution. Custom-made dentures can still slightly shift and move. Implant-supported dentures can be a good solution, but are you a good candidate?
Do you have problems getting your dentures to fit properly?
Many people who wear dentures have issues with them fitting precisely right. The shape of the mouth can change and the height of the gums can change, which leaves a very nice custom-made set of dentures shifting in the mouth. You may be able to rely on denture adhesives, but this can be a messy solution. Implant-supported dentures may be a solution if the dentures you have are not seating properly in the mouth.
Do you have generally healthy gums?
Are your gums relatively healthy or do you have issues with periodontal disease? Individuals who have gum disease are not always the best candidates for implant-supported dentures. The implants take longer to heal in place if they heal properly at all. Of course, treatments are available for most forms of gum disease, so you may be able to seek treatment to resolve any gum issues and then proceed with implants.
Do you pay close attention to oral hygiene?
Oral hygiene is always extremely important, but it is easy to neglect some things when you have dentures. However, if you are not vigilant about oral hygiene, even if you do only have dentures, you may not be the best candidate for implant-supported dentures. It is a must that you keep your mouth clean if you have implants because any bacteria that affects your gums can inhibit the stability of the implant. Lacking oral health attention can lead to gum disease, high risks of infection, and more.
Contact Sarasota Dental in Florida for a Consultation
For the right individual, obtaining implants to support dentures can be life-changing on so many levels. If you believe you would be a good candidate for implant-supported dentures, reach out to us at Sarasota Dental in Sarasota, FL to schedule a consultation.