I’m looking at affordable dental implant options to fix my jaw. I noticed it had gotten smaller, which is making me look years older. I asked my doctor if there are reasons my jaw would shrink. He did some research and said I have “facial collapse” from my dentures and I need to see my dentist. It looks like dental implants can fix that, but they’re pretty pricey. I looked into snap-on dentures, which are considered affordable dental implants. Will they help my jaw as well?
I’m glad you wrote. You’re on the right track in dealing with this. Having dental implants does prevent the problems which result from dentures, but it will not repair it. To repair it, you’ll need to have something called bone grafting done. This restores the bone structure lost while wearing your dentures.
Once it’s restored, however, you will need to protect the new bone or the same thing will happen again. Here is where your affordable dental implants can play a vital role. As you’ve discovered in your research, the roots being implanted into your jawbone tricks your body into thinking you still have teeth there and need your jawbone.
Affordable Dental Implants and Facial Collapse
Snap-on Dentures, which are an option in getting affordable dental implants will help. It will help the area at the front of your jaw to keep its structure and help with that aging appearance. It also means that your dentures will be secure and never slip or fall out.
The only downside is they won’t prevent bone loss in the other areas of your jaw where there aren’t any implants. For a more secure hold to your dentures as well as more bone preservation, you may want to look into implant overdentures.
This can use four to six implants and give you a totally secure bite with a lot of bone structure. You’ll find a much higher quality of life than you’ve previously experienced with your dentures, including greater capacity to chew properly.
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