A couple smiles with dental implants while holding sparklers for the New Year in Harrisonburg, VA

Can I Switch From Dentures to Implants?

December 30, 2021 12:12 am
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Dental implants have revolutionized replacement of missing teeth. An implant is incredibly sturdy, long-lasting, looks realistic, and feels secure.

While dentures have long been a cost-effective option to restore patients’ smiles, sometimes they don’t feel secure enough. Perhaps you’ve seen the viral video of the grandmother losing her dentures as she blows out her birthday candles and don’t want to follow suit.

Traditional full dentures attach to the gums with a special dental adhesive. Partial dentures connect to your existing teeth with clasps or other attachments. Alternatively, you can secure a denture arch onto dental implants or replace missing teeth with single dental implants.

If you’re considering making the switch from dentures to dental implants, we’re here to help!

Invasive Procedure & Prolonged Recovery

To get dental implants, the biocompatible implant will be surgically inserted through your gums into your jawbone. There will be a recovery period that can last several weeks to months. During this time, the implant fuses with your jawbone. Are you ready for this invasive procedure and recovery period? You will need to avoid hard, crunchy foods and closely follow our aftercare instructions.

Maintenance Commitment

Are you willing to maintain excellent oral hygiene and avoid tobacco products? Good oral health habits are necessary to promote healing after your surgery and keep your gums and jawbone healthy and strong. A healthy mouth is necessary to avoid dental implant failure.

Harrisonburg Dental Implant Dentist

While you may have a dentist you see for routine cleanings and exams, do they also offer dental implants? Dental implants are a surgical procedure that may not be available at every office. It’s best to find a dental implant dentist and schedule a consultation to see if you’re a good candidate.

Here at Rockingham Prosthodontics, Dr. Rigby specializes in restorative dentistry. He can answer all your questions, evaluate the strength of your jawbone and your gum health, and help you feel well-informed about your options.

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