This is a common question that patients have when the topic of adding implant retention to an existing denture comes up. It’s also a question that comes up when patients only have a few teeth left and are considering a denture, are turned off by the idea of something removable but are afraid that implants are not an option for them.
Fortunately, there are very few patients that do not have enough bone for an implant supported denture. Advances in implant technology and new techniques have made it so that there are very few patients that are not candidates for implants. These advancements have come to dentistry in the last few years.
If you have considered implant retained dentures in the past but your dentist advised you that you did not have enough bone for the procedure, I highly recommend seeking an updated opinion on your case. There is a possibility that you did not have enough bone for the old techniques but you do have enough bone for the new techniques. I’ve also spoken to many patients that think they don’t have enough bone for an implant denture based off of their own visual inspection and not from a consultation with a dentist. Patients look in their mouth and can see that they have lost bone. What many patients do not realize is how little bone it actually takes for dental implants to be a part of the treatment options. I have found that it is much less bone than the average person thinks.
Why do I urge you to seek a consultation? The difference between a conventional denture versus an implant supported denture is life changing! Think of it this way. A patient with all of their teeth chews their food at 100% capacity. A patient that wears a regular denture can only chew food at 10% capacity. That’s pretty terrible and not much better than nothing. It is estimated that a patient with an implant supported denture can chew food at around 90% capacity. That’s not too far off from patients with all of their teeth. It’s a truly unbelievable upgrade.
See your dentist soon and find out if you are a candidate for an implant denture. If you need a dentist in San Antonio, Texas, as always, we would be happy to see you. We enjoy helping patients change their lives for the better; it’s why we do what we do.