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Dentures or Implants? Ask The Prosthodontist Chris McFarland Question:
Stay with regular dentures or implants? I am 55 years old and have had an upper denture since I was 13.

The dentist told my parents it would be cheaper than braces and my teeth were crooked. I have 8 of my own teeth on the bottom and have only had 2 cavities in those same 42 years of wearing my denture.

My dentist told me that I should consider getting implants on top to help maintain my bone or I will be toothless in a few years. After seeing 3 different implant specialists, it's clear I will need major bone grafting plus the implants.

I am content with my dentures now and they fit well. Do I really need to "fear" being toothless if I don't do implants? And would I really not be able to wear my upper for weeks during healing? ... Visitor from TX

If three implant specialists are telling you that you need implants and bone grafting, I say it sounds like you do.

Bone under dentures wears down over the years, and my guess is that you have little quality bone remaining. I would disagree that you cannot wear your denture for a week after the surgery.

I have never taken a denture from a patient with healing implants. I just reline with a soft material and let the healing progress.

You will most likely need a new denture after the implants heal, but should not need to be without your denture for any amount of time.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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