Around 30 years ago, I lost all my teeth. My dentist never mentioned dental implants so I don’t think that was an option. I have a friend who has them and her smile is so much prettier. Plus, she can eat anything she wants. I don’t know which I’m longing for more, but I think it is a pretty smile. If I got dental implants now, could they be as pretty as her smile?
I’m so sorry you have been going through this for so long. It is not the dentures that are the reason your smile doesn’t look pretty to you. Both dentures and dental implants can be beautiful giving you a smile you are proud of. The problem lies in the artistic skills of the dentist. My guess is your dentist thirty years ago had good intentions but not the skill. I truly wish he would have mentioned dental implants to you. They were available then and it would have made the last 30 years significantly more pleasant for you. However, that is water under the bridge and all we can do now is go from here.
There’s one obstacle you will face when it comes to dental implants— the aftermath of facial collapse. When your teeth were first removed, your body decided without the roots of your teeth you no longer needed the minerals in the jawbone that are used to help retain your teeth. After all, they are already gone. Slowly, that leeches your jawbone away. After 30 years, I’m guessing you are having quite the time keeping those dentures in any more.
As you can see from the image above, like your teeth, dental implants need bone to keep them secured in your jaw. There is a solution to this, though. There is a bone grafting procedure that can build that missing bone structure back up for you. Once that is done, you will be right as rain for dental implant again.
How to Get that Beautiful Smile
As I mentioned earlier, it is the dentist who does your procedure that determines how beautiful your smile is. You need a dentist who is both qualified to give you dental implants along with the artistry to make the dentures that anchor to them beautiful. My suggestion is you start by looking for an AACD accredited dentist. These are proven artists when it comes to dental work. You will finally have that smile you have always wanted and you can share it while you eat some steak!
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.