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Question:
Can implants replace dentures? I have a friend that has not had her natural teeth for about a year. She has dentures.

She can not eat well and is ashamed of the way she looks.

Is there any way to have new teeth implants to replace the denture or is that only possible with replacing teeth right after they are extracted? ...Visitor from FL

Answer:
I am assuming that your friend is having difficulty eating with the dentures. If that is the case, we must evaluate why.

Are the dentures too loose? Or is it a matter of her getting used to them?

If the dentures are too loose, perhaps they need to relined. Another reason could be the fit. Maybe the borders of the denture are not properly extended or they are over extended.

Placing some mini implants or regular implants may help with retention and give her more confidence and comfort.

It is possible that she may also have sufficient bone for a series of regular implants or mini implants that can be used to support individual teeth, a fixed bridge or implant supported immediate denture.

She might have a variety of choices that can provide her with the appearance she wants and dental function that would enable her to eat normally. I would recommend seeing another dentist for an evaluation.

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