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Implant Dentures

Dentist Park Cities

Removable dentures (partial or complete) have been a staple of dental care for decades. One of the most common complaints about dentures, lower dentures in particular, is that they are difficult to keep in place. Fortunately, with the advances in dental implant technology, we not only use implants to replace missing teeth, but we can use implants to anchor on dentures. Hence, a denture held in place either entirely or in part by dental implants is known as an implant denture.

WHAT IS AN IMPLANT DENTURE?

An implant denture is a regular denture that has special attachments built in which allow it to connect to dental implants below. A common example is to use two dental implants in the bottom jaw in the area of where each of the canines (“eye-teeth”) would be. The denture is then made to snap on to these two dental implants.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF AN IMPLANT DENTURE?

The advantages of an implant denture include significantly increased stability compared to a denture that’s not retained by implants. And because implant dentures fit securely in place, patients are much more comfortable speaking, smiling and eating, as there is very little chance that a properly fit implant denture will come out of the mouth.

AM I A CANDIDATE FOR AN IMPLANT DENTURE?

As with regular dental implants, one of the key determining factors of whether or not someone is a dental implant candidate is the amount of bone they have remaining. Because patients who are long-term lower denture wearers tend to have significant bone loss (hence the inability of the denture to fit well), it’s critical to have an evaluation sooner rather than later to see if enough bone is present. Bone resorbs over the years; the longer that someone waits to have potential implants placed, the greater the chance is that they might not have enough bone to support the implant. Of course, in cases where there isn’t adequate bone, we are sometimes able to add bone in a procedure called a bone graft.

STOP HATING YOUR LOWER DENTURE

If you wear a loose lower denture, and you are ready to look forward to eating and smiling with confidence again, it might be time to consider an implant denture. Give us a call or contact us today to learn more.