Implant Supported Dentures
Traditional dentures may have dramatic shortcomings that can be overcome through the use of dental implants. Long-time denture wearers will develop a prematurely aged look as their face “sinks-in” due to the loss of bone under the denture. Traditional dentures or partial dentures may also be unstable and lack retention, resulting in embarrassing clicking or dislodgement of the denture. Unstable dentures will catch food underneath and traumatize the underlying bone and soft tissue. Lower full dentures are especially unstable and dislodged by the tongue during eating or speaking. Upper full dentures tend to be bulky and cover the palate, significantly reducing the enjoyment of food.Dental implants will help secure partial or full dentures to prevent or minimize dislodgment. Implant anchors with snap-on connectors will provide a firm seat, as well as significant retention, to a removable denture. By using dental implants as anchors, upper full dentures can be fabricated without a palate and firmly snap into place, forever preventing the embarrassment of losing your teeth in public. Equally as important, implants will preserve the jawbone that is so critical for facial esthetics and denture retention.Denture wearers wishing to get rid of their dentures may have them replaced by permanent implant-bridges (or ‘hybrid’ bridges) that never need to be removed. This can sometimes be done with as little as four implants per arch. Furthermore, our office may provide denture wearers with fixed (temporary) implant bridges on the same day as implant surgery. Patients walking in with full dentures can walk out several hours later with new fixed bridge work. The final prosthesis is fabricated three to four months later.