In late November last year, I received new dentures. The cost made me almost sure that they would be beautiful. And after my dentist assured me they would exceed my expectations, I had no doubts. But reality has hit, and I am almost in tears. The dentures are extremely uncomfortable, and they look fake. When I look in the mirror and smile, I’m embarrassed. My feelings and my pocketbook are hurt. At this point, there is no way that I can afford to replace my teeth with implants, but I am so very unhappy that I must do something about it. I’ve been doing some research, and I read about using implants to support dentures. Is this option worth considering? – Diana L., Florida
Diana –Thank you for contacting 5 Star Dental Group in San Antonio.
You have two significant concerns with your dentures. They are uncomfortable, and they don’t look natural. An artistic prosthodontist can help. It is possible to get natural-looking dentures that fit your facial features and personality. A prosthodontist will listen to your preferences and design dentures that match them. Even if you do not get dental implants, you will be pleased with custom dentures.
Are Implant Dentures Worth It?
Implant dentures are worth it if you want them to feel more like your natural teeth. Supporting a denture with two to four implants is less expensive than individual implants. A dentist can place two to eight dentures in your jawbone with overdentures. After a healing period, a prosthodontist (tooth replacement specialist) can attach the denture to the implants.
Implant overdentures improve function in these ways:
- Eating – Your chewing efficiency will improve, and you can taste your food better with a palateless denture.
- Speaking – Stable dentures will not move while you talk so you can socialize confidently.
- Facial appearance – The implants stimulate your jawbone like natural teeth, prevent the bone from shrinking, and cause premature facial sagging.
Even if you choose removable dentures, your prosthodontist will ensure they are comfortable and beautiful.
Request an implant dentures consultation to discuss your options.
San Antonio dentists Dr. Gilberto Tostado and Dr. Karina Acuña sponsor this post.