- Full Lower Dentures are very unstable and can be vastly improved by placing 2 implants in the lower jaw
- Dentures are still removable for easy cleaning
- Simple procedure and quick healing for a lifetime of improved comfort
Dental Implants are titanium pins that are placed into the jaw bone, by a surgeon, to which a removable denture is fitted. Generally full upper dentures are successful but full lower dentures are usually unsuccessful because
- Smaller footprint
- No suction
- Very unstable
- Constantly moving
- Food (eg. Nuts, Seeds, etc) end up under the lower denture
Implants provide stability to a lower denture but allow removal for cleaning.
ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANT RETAINED DENTURES:
- Improved stability
- Improved comfort
- Improved chewing
- Increased social confidence
IMPLANT RETAINED FULL DENTURES
For the lower denture 2 implants are placed into the lower jaw and clips placed into the denture. The denture clips onto these implants and holds the denture in place. They are much more stable and provide greatly improved comfort and chewing efficiency. The denture can still be removed by the patient and cleaned. This is the most common form of denture implant treatment.
IMPLANT RETAINED FULL ARCH
4 implants are placed into either the upper or lower jaw and a fixed full bridge is placed onto these implants. They are screwed into place and cannot be removed by the patient. However your dental practitioner can remove them if needed for maintenance if needed. They are more expensive than the above option but are far more efficient and give the patient the “NO DENTURE” option.
THE SURGICAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE
This surgical procedure is a very commonly performed operation and usually takes 30 minutes for 2 implants. The placement of 4 implants may take 1 to 2 hours. Both procedures can be performed either in the dental clinic, under local anaesthetic or in a hospital under general anaesthetic. Usually these procedures are performed by an oral surgeon. There is generally very little discomfort.
HISTORY OF IMPLANTS
Bone supported implants were accidentally discovered in Sweden in 1956. They were first used in the dental setting in the early 1960’s and have now become mainstream treatment.
Implants have evolved into a very predictable and successful treatment path and have revolutionized dentistry in recent years and offer enormous benefits to denture wearers.
Full lower dentures will always move about, even when well fitting, and implants can provide the only real method of a genuine improvement in comfort and function.