What are the problems with loose dentures?
Millions of people around the world are missing enough teeth to require the use of a denture. Many of them struggle to keep their dentures secure,
particularly in the lower jaw. If you have this problem, you already know about the embarrassment of slipping dentures,
not being able to eat the foods that you love and the ineffectiveness of denture adhesives.
Fortunately, there is a way to make your denture work the way it was intended: stabilize it with dental implants.
Am I candidate for overdenture?
Potential candidates include the dissatisfied denture patient suffering from discomfort and lack of retention of their lower denture,
as well as partially edentulous patients with severely compromised teeth that cannot successfully support a prosthesis whether fixed or removable.
What are the benefits of denture stabilization?
- Restores proper chewing, allowing a better diet and improved health
- Improves speech and confidence
- Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue
- Ends the inconvenience of denture adhesives
- Often can utilize your existing denture
- Minimally invasive procedure
We will take x-rays and CBCT scan may be required to determine implant position. Occasionally,
a bone or tissue graft will be needed to create an adequate site for the dental implants.
Titanium posts (implants) are inserted into the jaw, where the bone will heal around them.
After the implants have healed, your denture is modified to snap onto the implant abutment.
The denture will be secured but may be removed for cleaning with a simple "snap".
Dental implants are placed into the bone in a relatively pain-free procedure. The bone and gums will be given time to heal before a denture is secured.
Your current denture may be modified to fit over your new dental implants allowing the denture to function and the dental implants to heal.
Your final denture will be secured in one of two ways depending on your treatment.
We will provide you a new overdenture that will "snap" onto your dental implants. If you have chosen a more advanced method,
your new overdenture will be secured in place using screws that fit into the dental implants.
Caring for Your Implant-Supported Denture?
You will need to remove the denture at night and for cleaning. You also should carefully clean around the attachments.
We will test all the parts of your new denture to see if they are secure. Even though your denture is stable, it still can move slightly when you chew.
This slight movement can cause the denture to rub against your gums, which can cause sore spots.
We will check your gums and also will check the way your top and bottom teeth come together (your bite) after insertion of the denture.
What Can You Expect From Your Implant-Supported Denture?
Your implant-supported denture will be more stable than a regular denture. You will find it easier to speak and you won't have to worry about the
denture becoming loose or falling out of your mouth. You generally will be able to eat foods you could not eat before.