Can I Switch From Dentures to Dental Implants?

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When you want to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth with a durable restoration, our cosmetic dentist, Michaela Tozzi, offers dentures and dental implants. Dentures help to restore function and the appearance of a smile. However, some patients opt for dentures and later would like to switch to dental implants.

Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone to reinforce the post to become a long-lasting restoration. She offers All-on-4® dental implants by Nobel BioCare® for patients in Las Vegas, NV wanting a long-lasting approach for their dentures. When you want to fix a gap in your smile, schedule a consultation to get more information about how to get dental implants to replace dentures at Michaela Tozzi, DMD.

What are dentures?

Dr. Tozzi offers full or partial dentures that are removable or fixed by dental implants. These are great for those wanting to replace missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They restore oral function and also improve how a smile looks. However, some people don’t enjoy the limitations they have with their diet when they have dentures. They are easier to get and use, and don’t require as much recovery as dental implants. However, they can slip, and taking them out for some patients can hurt. Cleaning them can also be a nuisance. This is why many times, after choosing dentures, some of our patients throughout Las Vegas, NV will choose to get something more long-lasting and less high maintenance than dentures with dental implants.

What are dental implants?

These screw-in teeth offer smile correction and don’t slip in the mouth. They’re long-term restorations that look and feel like natural teeth. You also can eat pretty much anything you want, unlike with dentures. While dentures are better than not having teeth, dental implants from Dr. Tozzi offer a more permanent and professional solution for missing teeth.

Reasons to get dental implants

At Michaela Tozzi, DMD, we use dental implants to replace missing teeth. There are many reasons to get dental implants in Las Vegas, NV, including:

  • To replace one or several teeth

  • To replace all of your teeth

  • To help support dentures

Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to act as the missing tooth root. These posts have helped men and women throughout Las Vegas, NV to fix their smiles. At a consultation, Dr. Tozzi can review your treatment options with you and evaluate the health of your gums and jawbone to determine if you’re a good candidate for implants. You must have a strong enough foundation to support your posts. Also, you must not smoke, have existing periodontal disease, or be pregnant to be eligible for this treatment.

Bone Grafting

One important thing to know if you decide to make the switch from dentures to dental implants is you may need a bone graft. When your teeth are removed from your gums and jaw, and aren’t replaced, your jawbone will begin to shrink. This can change the shape of your face, and also make getting dental implants hard. If you don’t have enough bone for an implant to attach to, you won’t have a successful treatment. Bone grafting adds new bone to your existing bone so you can have dental implants after the healing process is done.

Will my insurance cover dental implants?

A portion of your implant may be covered, depending on the reason for your dental implants. At Michaela Tozzi, DMD, our team will work with you and your insurance to determine coverage before you commit to any treatment in Las Vegas, NV.

Learn more about dentures vs. dental implants

Most of our patients at Michaela Tozzi, DMD are good candidates to make the switch from dentures to dental implants. Even if you need bone grafting, having this procedure done can significantly improve your quality of life. Schedule an in-office or virtual consultation with Dr. Michaela Tozzi to learn more about this transition at our Las Vegas, NV office.

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