Our family has longevity on both my father’s and mother’s side of the family. My grandparents and great grandparents all lived well over 90 years old. My dad is 80 years old and has worn dentures for over 20 yrs. His current dentures float and it’s hard for him to eat. He has a good appetite but the dentures make him not want to eat much. He is not overweight and he is losing weight so I am concerned. He has arthritis but no major health problems other than that. What are the best options to replace his floating dentures? Thanks. Jennifer
Jennifer – Your father needs examination and diagnostic studies to make a definite determination of the best options for him, but it is likely that dental implants will remedy the problems with his dentures.
If your father is a candidate for dental implants, mini implants are an affordable option to stabilize his dentures. If it’s within his budget, standard implants will provide even more stability. Floating dentures will be eliminated. The implants are surgically implanted in the jawbone and dentures are secured to them.
Your father will be able to eat and speak with ease and confidence. The stabilized dentures will improve digestion and help nutrients to be absorbed, and weight gain will follow.
Successful implant placement and healing depend on a skilled implant dentist who uses quality fixtures. Without these precautions, implant mistakes and infection can occur, requiring the process to be repeated, and the final, desired result can be delayed for months.
Check the training, experience, and credentials of several implant dentists, and choose two or three with whom you can have consultations. Do a little research on implant-secured dentures to help you determine what questions to ask about the process. Be sure to bring your father with you to the appointments.
Quality implants will last your dad for his lifetime.
This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.