Implants for Denture Wearers
From HQ Dental
Dental implants are made out of titanium and are placed into the jaw bone which grows around them making them very secure. Dental implant treatment helps to replace missing teeth to create the appearance of natural teeth and a healthy, secure smile.
Implant retained dentures reduce the need for denture adhesives.
Lower dentures can be a big problem and most patients struggle with them. Over time the lower ridge (upon which the denture sits) shrinks away leaving nothing to hold the denture in place and this makes the denture loose. Lower dentures have a small surface area which means that denture fixatives are of little use. Dental implants provide an excellent solution to hold a lower denture firmly in place. Patients can have either 2 or 4 dental implants.
Some upper dentures can be loose for a variety of reasons. Sometimes patients have a shallow palate (a deeper palate provides better retention) or do not provide enough saliva (required to provide suction). Some patients have a ‘spongy’ palate, and any of these conditions can cause problems.
Dental fixatives can often help with upper dentures but sometimes implant retained dentures are the only real solution. We usually use 6 dental implants to retain an upper denture.
This type of implant retained denture is ideal for patients who want a smaller denture that doesn’t cover the palate.
To achieve the cohesion (or suction) required to hold it in place, a conventional upper denture needs to cover the whole of the roof of the mouth, and even a standard implant retained denture usually requires the palate to be covered for stability. But some patients simply can’t tolerate this and for these patients an option is to have a horseshoe shaped denture which only connects with the ridge leaving the palate completely uncovered.
This option usually involves having 6 dental implants which are connected together with a milled titanium bar. Another bar is set into the denture and the two bars clip together very securely.
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