If you are missing teeth and it has been found that your remaining teeth need to be removed as well, only a full prosthesis is an option. This is a new and often difficult situation in which a psychological aspect may play a role in addition to the dental issues. You need to become accustomed to functioning with a prosthesis; both eating and talking may take some getting used to.
Your jaw will continue to shrink throughout your life, but the rate at which it does so decreases over time. You will need a new liner in the dentures more often at the beginning than after several years. It is also possible that the teeth in the dentures may become worn or a crack may occur in the dentures, for example if they are dropped. You visit once a year for a check-up of your dentures, but certainly also to have the health of your gums checked. We then look for fungal growth, for example, and abnormal growth of the gums due to ill-fitting dentures.
It may be that, despite all efforts, the functioning of the dentures leaves much to be desired and your jaw shape is such that no improvement can be expected with a new liner or new dentures. An application can then be made for click dentures on two implants (lower jaw) or 4 to 6 implants (upper jaw).
The various appointments are: