Both of my parents have worn complete dentures for many years, as have my grandparents. Recently, I lost two of my teeth. Does this mean that I will eventually have to have dentures?
It seems inevitable that, at some point as you get older, you stand a good chance of needing dentures. However, the reality is that advances in dental technology, materials, and treatment are allowing patients to keep their teeth longer and longer – sometimes throughout their lives.
But what happens when someone, such as yourself, has either already lost some or all of their teeth or think they are about to? Updated technology to the rescue - dental implants could be the answer you’re looking for to avoid having to wear dentures. With dental implants, Dr. Monteagudo can replace just one tooth, several teeth in a section of your jaw, or an entire arch of teeth.
It may be the case that you’re just one of those people who are more prone to tooth decay or periodontal disease and more apt to lose teeth than others. Having a family history of denture use simply means that you need to be very proactive about taking the steps to keep your teeth healthy and intact for as long as possible. With proper care and conscientious dental visits, you may never need dentures. However, in the event that you do lose one or more teeth, implants may be a good option to prevent the need for dentures.
- I’m missing all teeth and wear a full uppers and lowers, but I can’t tolerate my lowers. Will I need an implant for every tooth I am replacing on the lower jaw?
- My upper dentures are fine, but my lowers are constantly a juggling act when I try to eat. Can I have implants on the lower and keep a full denture on top?