If your tired of your dentures slipping in your mouth, you may be considering switching to a more permanent solution like dental implants. Though both are viable options for missing teeth, changing from one to the other may take some getting used to. To help you get more comfortable with your new smile, learn more about what you can expect from the transition from dentures to dental implants in Flower Mound.
Before You Make the Switch
If it’s been a while since you lost your teeth, bone loss in your jaw may have occurred. When the bone in the jaw isn’t dense enough to support dental implants, you need a bone graft before having them placed. This will increase the volume of the jawbone so it can provide adequate support for your new teeth. Some patients may require other types of preparation such as gum disease treatment to ensure the mouth is in good shape before you undergo implant surgery.
After the implants have been placed into your jawbone, you can expect a recovery period of a few months. During that time, the implants will fuse with the jawbone through osseointegration. You will need to adjust your diet to make the healing process go smoothly by avoiding foods like apples, chips, crusty breads, hard taco shells, carrots, and tough meats for the first 10-14 days post-op. Infections and other complications are rare, but you should contact your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any unusual swelling, pain, or redness around the implants.
Using Your Dental Implants
In some cases, your dentist may be able to retrofit your old dentures to snap onto implants. However, it’s generally necessary to create a whole new restoration to replace your missing teeth. Here are a few things you can expect when you make the switch:
- Eat soft foods initially to avoid gum soreness: You may be used to fearing your teeth will slip around in your mouth when eating and speaking, but that won’t be the case with your new implants. Even so, start out by eating soft foods like smoothies, soup, and mashed potatoes to make the transition easier.
- Clean them like natural teeth: Since implants are permanently attached to your jaw, you can care for them the same way as your natural teeth. If your new restoration is a removable denture, though, you will still need to take it out of your mouth and clean it.
- Expect more saliva production at first: At first, you might produce more saliva than normal. This is common and nothing to worry about since your new teeth will be a “foreign” object until your mouth gets used to them. Try sucking on sugar-free hard candy to increase saliva flow, and drink lots of water to keep your mouth moist.
Making the switch from dentures to implants will give you the same beautiful smile as before, but with increased convenience and stability. Keep the above things in mind to help make the transition as smooth as can be!
About the Author
Dr. Rodger Song and the Bridlewood Dental team treat their Flower Mound patients with the high-quality dental care they need to maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. They offer several tooth replacement options, and they can help you transition from dentures to dental implants. If you have any questions about making the transition from dentures to dental implants or want to make an appointment, call Bridlewood Dental’s office at (972) 906-9797 or visit their website.