If you are finding that conventional dentures don’t suit you, or that you can’t keep them in comfortably, dental implant dentures may be the solution you are looking for.
Patients who choose dental implant dentures report a greatly enhanced quality of life, with increased comfort, confidence, and eating ability. Dental implants have a 98% success rate. Our dental team will work hard to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your new smile.
Most patients who wear dentures and have implants, have the implants placed in the lower jaw. The reason for this, is that the lower jaw is on a hinge. This hinge type movement allows your jaw to move up and down, as well as side to side.
We also need to remember that our tongue has to fit in between the lower denture. Lower dentures can be very frustrating for people, as the strength of the tongue will cause the denture to move around when it is not supported by implants.
Full upper dentures, however, are typically quite successful due to the suction fit we can achieve since the upper jaw does not move because it is part of our skull. The lower jaw is the one that bites up! The benefit to having implants on the upper jaw is that we can free up the palatal space that a normal full denture would cover. The design of the denture now becomes more like a horseshoe shape. The benefit of upper dental implants is to reduce the gag sensation and allow your sense of taste to return! The minimum amount of upper implants needed is four. The bone quality and quantity is quite a bit different than that of the lower jaw.
As always, a free consultation will give you the information you need when deciding if dentures over implants is the right solution for you. During this appointment, visual aids can be shown so that you fully understand and feel the process - the snapping of a denture onto a dental implant model is very interesting!
The minimum number of dental implants needed to support a complete lower denture is two. With two dental implants placed near the front of your lower jaw, the denture will be secured with two snap-like attachments that sit on the bottom of the lower denture. These snap-like attachments will align with the two implants in your lower jaw.
Although this type of implant treatment is extremely successful compared to not having any at all you will still notice a small amount of movement towards the back of your lower denture. This slight movement is because the back of the lower denture is still being supported by the tissue and bone along that ridge area. This type of denture over implants is called an implant and tissue supported denture.
The next step up in terms of fit on a complete lower denture is to add two more dental implants. With four lower dental implants, a bar can be added for additional retention if needed. This type of treatment is hugely popular due to the very secure fit, resulting from the four points for stability. The lower denture now comes off the tissue and becomes fully implant supported. Two implants will be placed up front, where your canine teeth would have been, and two more towards the back where your premolars would have been.
The last option for denture wearers to consider is a fixed, or non-removable denture option. This type of implant treatment is accomplished off of a minimum of four implants. The complete lower denture becomes what is called a hybrid denture/bridge. Instead of snap-like attachments over the implants, the teeth become fixed to the implants by tiny screws that go through the back of the denture base.
This option is available for upper and lower dental arches. As with all dental implants careful consideration and planning with a skilled and experienced team of professionals is needed. Call for your free consultation to see if any of these dental implant options might be right for you.
Implants can provide exceptional support for full and partial dentures, since the implants integrate with the bone to act as an anchor for the replacement teeth. Dental implants can also help preserve the bone by providing stimulation that was previously provided by the natural tooth root system. This helps to maintain the integrity of your facial structure. Dental implants can help provide the closest possible replacement for natural teeth, and are the best way to restore your natural smile. The cost of dental implant options has become very affordable. Ask your Denturist about how dental implants might be the right solution for you.