Dentures with Dental Implants
Solving problems with loose lower dentures
While complete dentures are a good option for patients who are missing all of their teeth, there are times when a patient who wears dentures — especially lower dentures – will have problems with their lower denture. The reason that lower dentures can be more difficult to keep in vs. upper dentures is because the bone in the lower jaw naturally resorbs (shrinks) more rapidly than bone in the upper jaw. As a patient loses bone, they lose the support for their dentures – which rely on adequate bone to help stay in place.
Implants can make a tremendous difference
Dental implants are often thought of as solutions for patients who are missing a single tooth or a few teeth; however, dental implants are one of the best treatment options for patients who are missing all of their teeth. In the case of the lower jaw, we fabricate what’s known as an “implant-supported denture.” In this situation, dental implants are place in the lower jaw (usually 2 implants toward the front) and are designed to act as anchors to hold a lower denture in place.
Implant Dentures are comfortable
By having a complete lower denture that is supported in part by dental implants, the denture can “snap” in to place and now be held in your mouth much more tightly. And with a tighter denture, patients see a tremendous improvement in their quality of life, as they can chew, eat, and smile signifigantly more easily, and without the fear of their dentures coming out at the wrong time.