Have you been living with dentures that flop around in your mouth when you're chewing and talking? Do you fear that one day you'll sneeze them right out of your mouth onto the conference table at work? Well, you don't have to struggle with this issue any longer. Here, you'll find a bit of information about how dental implants can work with your dentures to create the perfect fit.
How can dental implants help improve the fit of dentures?
Implant posts can be surgically placed in your mouth and the dentures adapted to connect to the implant. Full denture plates can be secured to your gums using about four implant posts. This means that the dentist will surgically place four posts and your entire denture plate will connect to it without any flopping around.
If you have a partial denture, the implant posts can be used to support it as well. A lot of denture wearers who struggle with their dentures typically struggle with the lower denture. This is because it has far less support than the top plate. So, if you have to pick and choose what treatment to complete next, consider having implant posts placed in the bottom and the partial plate adapted to connect.
Will the dental implant last forever?
In most cases, if you maintain good dental hygiene, the dental implant should last for at least most of the rest of your life. Some people have experienced issues with them as they get older and lose too much bone mass in their mouth to even wear their dentures. Other than that, as long as you keep the area clean, avoid injuries, and do as you're told during the weeks following the surgical implantation, the implant will last as long as you need it to.
Will insurance cover implants?
In some cases, the insurance will cover the cost of implants, but sometimes, it won't. You will have to contact your insurance company and inquire about the coverage for implants. You may be required to pay a portion of the cost while the insurance picks up the rest of the bill. Ask your dentist if there are payment plans that you can utilize to cover the cost difference.
Your dentist will help to clear up any confusion that you may have about how dental implants and dentures can work together to provide you with the confidence and comfort you need each day.
For more information on dental implants, contact your dentist.