Robert J. Buch, DDS, MD
Nothing is more frustrating or uncomfortable than a loose fitting complete denture. There is no other dental prosthesis that can be so easily improved by the placement of dental implants, than a complete denture.
Dental implants improve the support, retention and stability of a full/complete denture and change the way you eat and significantly improve the quality of life of individuals with dentures.
Dental implants are made from titanium, are placed in the upper or lower jaw and act as a type of anchor that will stabilize the removable denture and hold it in place. Depending on the number and location of the implants, the denture can be completely retained, supported and stabilized by the implants.
During an implant procedure, 4-6 implants can be placed in the upper jaw, and can eliminate the need to cover your palate with the full-denture. Two implants in the lower jaw will make a lower full denture more stable and retentive.
Future planning can also be considered. Two implants properly placed to support a denture today, could be used in conjunction with future implants should a patient desire a fixed dental bridge (teeth that you don’t remove) at a future date.
An implant retained denture or implant overdenture fits over dental implants that have been installed into your jaw by your surgeon. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported overdentures are held in place by dental attachments which provide the retentive strength that you desire. An implant overdenture will allow you to eat the foods you’ve been struggling with for so long.
Implant overdentures are composed of two working components: an implant abutment that is threaded into your implant and the denture cap which is retained or housed in the underside of your denture.
The most important consideration in your decision to choose an implant overdenture or implant denture is the limited retention and stability of a traditional denture which relies on suction alone. Over time, retention only worsens due to continual bone loss of bone in your dental arches from the lack of teeth.
The significant concerns regarding function, retention, stability, chewing and speaking can be overcome by maintaining the level of bone present in the upper and lower jaws. These issues can be successfully accomplished by having dental implants placed to anchor or retain your denture.
When a tooth or teeth are lost, bone loss always occurs. Over time, a toothless jaw battered by a loose denture, will develop substantial bone loss. Dental implants, like teeth, conserve jawbone by stimulating the bone internally and preventing this bone loss/atrophy. If possible, it is advised that dental implants be placed as soon as possible after the removal of teeth, to avoid bone loss.
Conservative surgical and prosthetic treatments should always be considered, and we can discuss that when you call our office. A thorough exam both clinically and radiographically should be performed. A CT-scan x-ray of the jaw could be necessary to determine the quantity and quality of the bone.
Using dental implant imaging software the exact location, size and number of implants to be used can be determined prior to surgery. Using this software and the fabrication of a surgical guide, we can accomplish you procedure in less time and with minimally invasive surgery.
The placement of dental implants is a very comfortable and stress free procedure that can be performed using local anesthesia or intravenous sedation techniques.
In conclusion, having dental implants placed will preserve bone and dramatically reduce bone loss, and will help to control facial contour changes. Implant overdentures will also allow you to eat foods that were nearly impossible to eat with a traditional denture and will eliminate a cause of embarrassment from loose dentures that move and shift during talking.
We invite you to contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.
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