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How to Make a Smooth Transition from Dentures to Dental Implants

February 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — rossperio @ 12:05 am
Woman smiling with dental implants

Are you ready to finally say goodbye to your dentures? While they can be lifechanging for patients who are missing most of or all of their teeth, they do have some downsides that can become frustrating. The good news is that dentures aren’t your only option. In fact, more than 3 million Americans are already benefiting from dental implants, and many more are ready to make the switch. Here are some of the benefits that dental implants in Mayfield Heights have over dentures and what you should know to make your transition go as smoothly as possible.

What Benefits Do Dental Implants Have Over Dentures?

There are many reasons why you may want to transition from dentures to implants. Here are some of the many advantages that dental implants have:

  • Additional Stability: If your dentures are Ill-fitting, you will notice that they lack stability. It is difficult to eat when they are slipping and sliding around in your mouth. Dental implants are anchored into the jawbone, providing as much stability as natural teeth.
  • No Food Restrictions: You will still want to be careful when eating foods that are hard and sticky, but you won’t have any eating restrictions once your implants completely heal. This is because they restore up to 90% of your natural chewing power.
  • Prevents Bone Loss: Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that preserves the integrity of the jawbone. They replace the natural root of the tooth, therefore allowing the bone to be stimulated from regular chewing.
  • Long-Lasting: Dentures need to be replaced approximately every 7 to 10 years. Implants can last upwards of three decades and even the rest of your life with proper maintenance.
  • Easy to Maintain: There is no need to stock up on adhesives or soak your teeth at night. You take care of your implants like you would with your natural teeth. Just brush, floss, and rinse!

3 Tips for a Smooth Transition

Adjusting to dental implants takes some time to get used to. Here are some tips to make it as smooth as possible:

  • Expect Time to Heal: You will need to take some time for your mouth to heal after your dental implant surgery. Take off a couple days of work ahead of time, and be sure to get plenty of rest during this time.
  • Stick to Soft Foods: You won’t have any food restrictions once your implants have completely healed, but for now it is important that you are sticking to soft foods so that the healing process goes smoothly.
  • Adjust Your Oral Hygiene Routine: You won’t be needing your adhesives or soaking solutions anymore. Instead, you will need to adjust to an oral hygiene routine similar to one for natural teeth. You can find special toothbrushes made specifically for people who have dental implants.

There may be a transitionary period, but most patients find that it’s worth it in order to reap the benefits that implants have to offer!

About the Author

Dr. Jonathan Ross earned his dental doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine before receiving his periodontal specialty training and Master of Health Sciences degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He obtained his board certification from the American Board of Periodontology shortly afterwards. Currently, he belongs to numerous professional dental organizations, including the American Dental Association and Ohio Dental Association. For more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment at his office in Mayfield Heights, visit his website or call (440) 461-6008.

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