I didn’t go to the dentist for most of my life, but was having so much pain that I had to go in a few weeks ago. My dentist says my teeth can’t be saved. I’d actually already lost a few of them before already. He wants me to get implants, but I don’t want to have surgery. Why can’t I just get dentures?
I’m sorry to hear you are having so many problems with your teeth. Without seeing your case, I couldn’t give an assessment as to whether any teeth can be saved, but I can address the dental implant question. Yes, you can get dentures instead of implants. However, there is a serious issue to consider before making that decision. When all your teeth are removed, your body has a remarkable way of absorbing the minerals from the jawbone to use elsewhere. This is what is known as facial collapse. Your jaw will sink in on itself causing your face to look distorted.
Dentures cannot prevent facial collapse, but dental implants can. The implant is surgically placed into your jawbone, mimicking the root of your tooth. Your body is fooled into thinking the tooth is still there, so your jawbone is not absorbed. Even if you are not concerned about the aesthetics of your appearance, after about ten to twenty years wearing dentures the facial collapse will get so bad that you will become a dental cripple, negating even the ability to wear removable dentures.