Can I Replace My Dentures With Dental Implants? Burbank’s Ramsey Amin DDS explains

Can I Replace My Dentures With Dental Implants? Burbank’s Ramsey Amin DDS explains

Can I Replace My Dentures With Dental Implants? Burbank’s Ramsey Amin DDS explains

"When should a denture be replaced?" “Can I replace my dentures with dental implants or an implant overdenture?” These are two questions that patients in my Burbank, California office ask on a routine basis.

There are instances where your dentures may have been replaced after 1 year or less, and on the opposite side of the spectrum, there are people who have worn the same dentures for 25 or more years. These ranges obviously are extremes.

Between four to eight years is the ideal. This would seem to imply that the average denture fabricated from contemporary materials will wear out and deteriorate within that time and/or the average denture patient's jaws have changed so much that a new denture must be redone. Each individual's denture needs are different. There are many factors that I take into consideration when evaluating the need to replace dentures.

Denture Longevity Considerations
Lost vertical dimension: The proper linear distance relationship between the upper and lower jaws is called vertical dimension. This is unique for each individual.

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As one's jaw changes and the ridges upon which dentures rest shrink, a denture becomes loose and vertical dimension begins to change. Additional plastic (acrylic resin) is added to the inside of a loosening denture (called relining a denture) to stabilize it by reducing looseness caused from jaw shrinkage.

The current position held by most dentists is that when vertical dimension has been lost by three millimeters or more, a new denture should be fabricated in order to restore vertical dimension and maintain functional health.

You may have worn the same denture for extended periods with considerable loss of vertical dimension over time. Since vertical dimension loss is a slow, but nevertheless progressive, process, you may have gradually adapted to a continually increasing closed bite position. These individuals often have a sunken facial appearance and usually appear much older than their chronological age.

Functioning with an abnormal vertical dimension may eventually result in alterations of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ, the jaw joint located in front of the ears). This can lead to significant pain and difficulty with eating and even the jaw motions involved with speech. It frequently becomes quite difficult, if not impossible, to restore such individual's proper vertical dimension and chewing efficiency by relining and repairing this older denture.

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Here is the same man above after I made him new dentures last week.

Denture Tooth wear: Yes..denture teeth wear out! Aside from impaired ability to chew effectively, excess tooth wear will adversely affect esthetics and cause other problems associated with lost vertical dimension, as described above. While porcelain denture teeth will wear at a slower rate than plastic teeth, they nevertheless will wear and are more susceptible to chipping and cracking. Multiple cracked teeth will need to be replaced.

Deterioration:While the biomaterials used to fabricate dentures today are quite durable, they still deteriorate and exhibit dimensional change over time — no longer fitting properly, even after relining.
Aging plastic looses its natural appearance and texture, and coloration fades, making dentures look quite artificial.

Deteriorating plastic also makes it easier for dentures to become excessively contaminated with microorganisms. This contributes to mouth irritation and bad taste, and socially unacceptable odors will develop that no amount of denture cleaning will seem to eliminate.

Keeping regular dental check-ups so that your dentures, soft tissues, and jawbone may be checked is essential to extending the life of a denture and maintaining oral health.

Feel free to comment below

Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Burbank, California

18 Comments

  1. Rheba

    I really appreciated your website truly I have read all question and answer nice job Doc.

    October 4, 2019 at 3:47 pm Reply
  2. Elena

    Hello,
    I’m 40 years old. My lower back teeth including premolars on the left side are missing for about 15 years. Bone is flat, I can no longer get implants on that side. On the other side there was a bridge which is about to be removed and one premolar, molar teeth will be extracted due to root crack and infection. Dentist recommended partial denture. I can’t afford implant at this moment. How long can I stay with partial denture? Is it going to affect my incisor teeth in the long run?

    October 6, 2018 at 5:12 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      you can stay in the partial as long as you need. your bite will gradually move over time regardless if you where a removable partial denture is not. They don’t have the same stability and stopping point as our regular teeth. Try to get the implants sooner rather than later to reduce long-term, short-term costs and complex procedures

      October 8, 2018 at 3:07 am Reply
  3. Vimala Koppikar

    I had partial lower dentures and partial upper dentures for over eight years. I n April, I decided to get full lower dentures and got new one in May. now, even after many adjustments it comes out when I eat, laugh, sneeze and cough. Now the dentist recommends implants on both sides to hold the dentures. The dentist also tried relining the dentures but did not work. I am frustrated.Should I go for implants now at may age of 82 as my jaw bones are shrinking. Sorry for the long explanation. Thank you,

    August 25, 2018 at 10:09 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      I have treated hundreds of patients your age. I just treated a 90-year-old earlier this week for upper and lower implants. You are not too old. This is about quality of life! Do it!

      September 9, 2018 at 12:43 am Reply
  4. Rosemary Mackillop

    I have had upper dentures for at least 40 some years Do you think it would be possible to have my entire dentures replaced with dental implants?

    January 9, 2018 at 4:01 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      YES!! But, you likely have very little bone in your upper jaw and broke require either sinus lifting or zygomatic implants in order to have a fixed bridge on the upper jaw.

      January 10, 2018 at 7:15 pm Reply
  5. Wayne Cooksey

    I am a 68 year old male. I lost a molar (middle of three) about 8 years ago. I have not had that tooth replaced in any fashion. Is it too late to consider an implant?

    June 1, 2016 at 3:31 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Not too late at all. It is almost always an option.

      June 13, 2016 at 11:16 pm Reply
  6. Roycie

    I have had my dentures for about 7 or 8 years… and my bottom bone is slightly deteriated would it be possible to replace my dentures with implants, im so very tired of my dentures and i just figure having implants would be closer to having real teeth?

    January 14, 2016 at 8:58 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      That is correct!! It really is going to depend on whether or not you want a fixed or removable option for your bottom jaw. Oftentimes that choice is made for financial reasons. A fixed Bridge is more costly than a removable overdenture.

      January 14, 2016 at 9:34 pm Reply
  7. Mika

    I wondered and google rendered nothing of substance, you are better than google from what I read

    I have an underbite grade 3 or class 3 something in dental term I cant pronounce. I need dentures for top and bottom. Is this possible. One dentist many moons ago said “take care of your teeth cause with ANY UNDERBITE no dentist can get you dentured up”

    Scared to death now. Any thoughts. I cannot be the only one who has an underbite in need of full dentures, no way I am that lucky 🙂

    January 7, 2016 at 5:50 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      they can be slightly more complicated but it is completely doable
      😉

      January 7, 2016 at 7:32 pm Reply
      1. MikaAgain

        I got a consult today who said almost what you said. Its doable, just complicated – I am worried. I had two other consults where they basically told me with a class 3 underbite its not possible without a jaw surgery and months of healing. Terrified who is right but I am to continue my quest with this DR who said its ok.
        He said your teeth now are underbite the dentures will be the same but nothing major and it is completely workable. Why am I so worried?

        January 19, 2016 at 6:02 am Reply
        1. RamseyAminDDS

          I’m sure it will all work out.

          January 23, 2016 at 6:00 am Reply
  8. Susan

    I am 49 yrs old. I had my upper teeth removed 2 yrs ago, and had them replaced with an upper denture. Now i look buck toothed. About how much would it cost to replace it with dental implants, and are there other alternatives?

    December 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      You can always just remake another denture with the teeth in a better position. Oftentimes a same day, immediate denture, tends to be thicker in the front. If you don’t mind a denture, re-making a new one will be far less costly.

      The upper jaw is the most costly and complicated replacement that dentistry has to offer. This is because the upper jaw is very soft bone and you typically need more implants on the upper jaw to make it work and last a long time. Cost can vary for a full upper jaw from $25,000-$60,000. They are not all the same. Make sure you research of this extensively.
      Respectfully,

      Ramsey Amin DDS

      December 29, 2015 at 2:58 am Reply
  9. Natalie

    It’s nice to your blog, your article is well written, thank you for sharing!

    February 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm Reply

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Monica D.
Monica D.
December 29, 2020.
There aren't enough words (and I have a lot of words) to tell you how grateful I am to have found Dr. Ramsey Amin and his wonderful staff. I had an enormous amount of bone loss and I was hopeless after being treated by a different doctor for two years. I had multiple procedures such as gum graft, extractions, and a sinus lift. After all of that, the doctor released me and told me he could not help me any longer. He sent me to a large teaching hospital - who also had no idea how to help me. I was terrified and embarrassed. I had been missing teeth due to those procedures since 2017. That sent me out on a journey of meeting with no less than five different dentist/oral surgeons. Most of them shamed me for the bone loss and wondered what I had done to cause this. In reality, I had done nothing. The bone loss is my body's immune system fighting me, as well as hereditary traits. In fact not only was I having difficulty being able to have implants, I also had so much bone loss that I was also not a candidate for dentures. I researched "what to do when you have bone loss and can't get implants" and I found Dr. Amin's website. Then I researched him, read his reviews, watched every one of his You Tube videos. I called and got an appointment, and kept going to consultations with other providers. I had long since stopped smiling and being social. Missing teeth and the shaming was affecting my life so adversely. When I met with Dr. Amin for my consultation he was ready. He had all of my records and had already reviewed my scans. But more than that, he genuinely wanted to get to know about my life. He was/is authentic, kind and extremely professional with so much success and experience in difficult cases like mine. He worked up a treatment plan & I came back two weeks later to discuss my options...and the journey began. I have had three procedures under IV sedation, no pain, no narcotics needed for aftercare. Dr. Amin is a consumate, experienced oral surgeon who cares about your health & understands your fears. He communicates every step of the way and will provide you with all the information you need to make a decision to improve your health. I am still working toward my end goal, and we had to zig from traditional implants and zag to zygomatic implants instead...which is the reason I chose him in the first place. If there was nothing else that could be done to get me healthy & smiling again, I knew he would have that option to help me. And of course 2020, the year of CV-19. Don't worry, Dr. Amin & his staff follow all health & safety protocols. This review is long, because it is important you know my journey, so you might understand how fortunate I feel to be healing. I'm torn, because this place is like a great restaurant, I want to shout from the rooftops how great it is, how great he is. And at the same time, I want to keep this all to myself. I come 75 miles each way to see him. I know people travel from all over the world for his expertise. Do yourself a favor, have a consultation. You won't regret it. Dr. Amin is amazing and so is his staff.
Jennifer B.
Jennifer B.
December 18, 2020.
I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Amin and his professional staff. I have to start off and say that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of the dentist due to several past experiences. I found myself putting this off for YEARS until I was referred over to Dr. Amin. I was petrified on my first visit... but he along with his WONDERFUL staff made me feel so calm and at ease. I had quite a bit of work that needed to be done, but we found the perfect plan that worked out for me, and I couldn't be happier. Words cannot express my gratitude to each and every staff member that made me feel safe and comfortable. Dr. Amin was always so attentive in asking if I was ever in pain... and I never was. These are truly remarkable individuals, and I'm so lucky to have a dentist that I can trust. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE each and every one of you! Thank you,
D M.
D M.
December 17, 2020.
I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Amin and his staff. I originally found them on Yelp about two years ago. I needed an implant, front tooth of all places, and was extremely nervous not only about surgery but about how it would turn out. Let me just say I just adore the staff. Everyone is crazy friendly and the whole office has a very positive vibe. The staff is adorable and always has me smiling by the time I leave. They are all thorough and on-point about what they do, and I truly appreciate it. They are quick to respond to my emails no matter the question, and their appointment reminders are great too. Dr. Amin is very thorough and reassuring, and answered any questions my husband or I had. My regular dentist had questions about the procedure and Dr. Amin's office even reached out to them at my request (my dentist said they never received a call, but Dr. Amin's staff had date, time and notes - love the thoroughness!). After surgery the Dr. called to leave me a message about how it went. Very minimal pain during healing, never any pain during any visits. It took a few tries to get everything just right for the permanent crown (color, etc), but the end result is beyond fantastic! At one point during healing I thought I was experiencing some looseness or wiggling but unfortunately couldn't make it to the office. When I was finally able to make it in the Dr. was so relieved, bless his heart. Luckily it was just a false alarm and everything checked out ok. They're a bit further out from me, but I wanted the best. I sure found it! I wish they were my regular dentist, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again for my check-up which was delayed due to COVID.
Melissa E.
Melissa E.
December 9, 2020.
I found Dr. Amin a few years back after I hadn't been to a dentist in a decade. Many traumatic dental experiences in childhood have made me so phobic that even getting a cleaning was a knee-knocking, heart-pounding trial. But finally I couldn't put off some things any longer. During my first anesthesia session, Dr. Amin replaced five old metal fillings, and during the second he did three more plus a crown. I was completely comfortable, and never felt a thing. Because they were extra-long sessions, I did sleep for about 12 hours after, but the next day I felt just fine. This past week, my back top tooth cracked in half and fell out of my mouth, and a couple days later the crown on the remainder of the tooth fell out too! Despite being nervous about Covid 19, I had to get it taken care of, so I called and quizzed the staff about precautions, which turned out to be even above and beyond what I would have expected. So yesterday I went for the tooth extraction and plug. After they put on the blood pressure cuff and put in the IV, I gradually got a little tired and closed my eyes. I sat there for about 10 minutes and thought Gee, I wonder if they're going to get started any time soon, and a minute later Dr. Amin said "Wake up, you're all done!" That was a short session, and I didn't have the kind of fatigue I did my first time. I stayed up most of the evening. Today, everything is good! I'm taking my antibiotic and eating soft foods, and there is surprisingly little pain now that the numbness has worn off. The tooth site and my cheek are a little sore, and the corner of my mouth, and I have a very slight headache, but nothing to any great level--I'm not even taking the acetaminophen. I feel good, and wide awake. Thanks to everyone at the office for a comfortable and professional job! I really REALLY appreciate you for giving me painless dental experiences!
Tanya S.
Tanya S.
December 3, 2020.
What can I say about Dr. Amin he is the best! I'm so grateful for him. He has literally changed my life and given me the confidence to smile more. I had major restorative dental work done and everything went smoothly. Dr. Amin is very compassionate and he really cares about his patients he made me feel comfortable and cared for. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. His office is very clean and they take the patients health and safety very serious. His staff is also amazing they made me feel very welcomed and important. I'm so happy I did my research and found Dr. Amin.  Thank you Dr. Amin and team.
Sheila S.
Sheila S.
November 6, 2020.
Two implants done! Finished all procedures and I couldn't be happier. It's the first time in years I looked forward to going to the dentist. Even during Covid life the staff and Dr. Amin took care of me. There is a possibility I may move to Long Beach but I would still travel to keep Dr. Amin as my dentist.
Allison S.
Allison S.
November 4, 2020.
I could not ask for a more caring, exceptionally knowledgeable dental care provider. He's not just a dentist, but someone who looks after your immediate dental needs and helps you plan and prepare for the future.
Julia R.
Julia R.
October 8, 2020.
I've been going to Dr. Amin since I turned 16 and have been going since. Before going to Dr. Amin's dental office, I had 4 crowns that I was not happy with and dealt with it until finally I asked Dr. Amin and because I  feel comfortable and because I trust him with his work I recently had my crowns fixed and worked on by  Dr. Amin and have never loved my smile the way I do now, I can actually enjoy my pictures, I can enjoy my smile from either angle and that really mattered to me. Thank you so much Dr. Amin still and will be in love with MY smile
Aaron D.
Aaron D.
October 6, 2020.
I've been coming to Dr. Ramsey for about five years and I have to say, he is by far the best dentist I've had - ever. The staff is professional and kind, the office is exceptionally well maintained, and Dr. Ramsey is careful and extremely knowledgeable about current developments and research in dentistry. I recently had a dental implant which was a long process but well worth it. I required a sinus lift as well as a bone graft. The surgery went off without a hitch, I was comfortable and the healing process was quick and without complication. Highly recommend!!
Flo O.
Flo O.
September 21, 2020.
This is my 1st review of Dr. Amin, and in my over 17 years of being with him, my experiences with Dr. Amin and his staff have always been positive.  I don't recall a bad experience with the several implant procedures i have had.  They run an efficient office.  I like that they are proactive and reach out to their patients to remind us of routine care needed.  Dr. Amin's bedside care is impeccable.  They are also technologically up to date in terms of sending out texts as reminders, ability to incorporate any appointment into your mobile phone.  That is certainly a plus.  Keep up the great care!!!