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What Do I Need to Know About Switching from Dentures to Dental Implants?

October 24, 2021

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looking at dental implants in the mirror

In life, when you have opportunities to upgrade, sometimes you must take them. Maybe dentures served you well for years, but you want something more.

You’ve done some research on dental implants and are getting ready for a consultation with your dentist. What is it going to be like when you make the change?

Keep reading to learn about how you make a smooth transition from dentures in Round Rock.

Am I Making the Right Decision to Switch to Dental Implants?

Receiving some encouragement about the change should be comforting. Dental implants will not slip around in your mouth or feel like they may fall out at any moment. Food won’t get trapped in your implants and no more dealing with sore gums or raw spots.

Feel free to eat all the foods you like – even the ones that are difficult to bite into or have little seeds. Clean your implants like natural teeth, no more bothering with denture adhesive or soaking them in a glass of water.

Dentures are certainly much better than having no teeth, but now you are taking a step up. Get ready to feel like you have permanent teeth again.

What Can Affect Me Being a Candidate for Dental Implants?

One key aspect your dentist will investigate at the consultation is the density of your jawbone. When your teeth are removed from your gums and jaw and are not replaced with anything, your jawbone begins to shrink. It can change the shape of your face, but also make getting dental implants a longer process.

You won’t have a successful implant procedure if you don’t have enough bone, so the dentist will determine if a bone graft is necessary. If so, you’ll need 4-6 months of recovery for the new bone to fuse to your current bone in advance of the implant procedure.

What’s Important to Know When I Commit to Getting Dental Implants?

Getting the implants will require minor oral surgery. Once the implants have been placed, you will need to stay on a soft foods diet temporarily to let them heal. This usually takes 3-6 months while the bone grows to fuse the implant screws to your jawbone.

It will be essential during this time to avoid placing excess strain on the implants so they do not shift or heal crooked. When they have successfully fused to the jawbone, your dentist will clear you to return to your normal diet.

As far as day-to-day care, you’ll return to the regimen you used when you had natural teeth with brushing and flossing. When flossing, it will be important to clean around the areas where each dental crown and implant connect.

You’re sure to have some unanswered questions, but that’s part of what the consultation with your dentist is for. Just keep the big picture in mind – the surgery and recovery in the short term will pay off when you transition to the best alternative to natural teeth for many years to come with dental implants in Round Rock.

About the Practice

As soon as you see our fireplace in the lobby, you’ll know that Chisholm Trail Dental Health isn’t your typical dentist in Round Rock. We prioritize comfort as much as healthy smiles because we don’t want you to ever feel stressed out about improving your teeth. When you want dental implants, know that we are partnered with outstanding local dental implant specialists that will provide a seamless, attractive teeth replacement result that can last for decades. To get started, you can schedule a consultation by visiting our website or calling (512) 244-2796.

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