Have you grown tired of the side-effects of having removable dentures? If your answer is yes, you are not alone; the last decade has seen a huge rise in dental patients looking for affordable alternatives to removable dentures, especially after realizing the many consequences they involve.
Removable dentures do have their perks, for once, it’s very easy to keep them cleaned and if they break they can easily be replaced. Unfortunately, many people think that the side effects aren’t worth it.
For example, many patients change their diet; substituting hard food for softer options, while in some cases (like apples) you can probably trade the fruit for a puree, in others, the change is simply not possible. On the other hand, many patients also grow shy, smiling less and trying to cover their mouths, as they fear that the dentures might fall off at any minute.
Fixed dentures and implants have become a new standard of wellbeing in oral health, especially with procedures like the All-on-4 treatments; fixed implants offer the same perks while at the same time minimizing the side effects. The question is, what are the steps you need to take if you want to make the change?
Step 1: Diagnosis
The first step is to talk to your dentist about your options. Two patients are never alike, so, a good assessment of your current situation is paramount for deciding what the best course of action is.
Keep in mind that some patients that have used removable dentures for a long time might have experienced bone loss, in such cases, some dentists might recommend perfoming a bone transplant before working on the area; while other’s might offer solutions such as the all-on-4 treatment (which does not require bone transplants in most cases).
Step 2: The procedure
Depending on the process, getting an implant might take one or more sessions; regardless, the process is quite simple, quick, and for the most painless, some patients do experience a minor discomfort after surgery, but after resting for a couple of days you should be feeling like a new person.
Step 3: Goodbye removable dentures
Most of the time, the dentist will set a temporary denture while your final teeth are carefully prepared in a dental laboratory. Once they are ready, the dentist will replace them, the process is extremely simple, and it shouldn’t interrupt your daily routine in any way. Just to be safe, the dentist might set an extra appointment after six months to see if your mouth has healed correctly. Congratulations, after this point you have changed your life for the better.