Implants and Dentures
If you are a new denture wearer, or have had dentures for some time. You may notice there are many difficulties associated with functioning with a denture. Speech, alterations in taste, limitations in chewing, and mobility of the denture are a few of the most common issues patients face when adjusting to new dentures or after having worn dentures for a longer period of time. Having implants placed to secure loose fitting dentures is one of the most life changing procedures we offer.
Why Consider an Implant Overdenture?
Implants help your denture to stay secured in place during normal speech and chewing functions. This prevents the embarrassment of slipping dentures when out in public and during conversation and also allows you to greatly expand your diet to enjoy the foods you love.
How is it done?
The dental implants are placed into the jaw bone during a surgical procedure in our office. You are numb during the procedure and most patients report very little discomfort and changes in their day to day routine after the procedure is completed. Many patients do not mind being awake during implant placement; however, if you would prefer not to be, consider “Twilight Sedation“. Both Dr. Coppin and Dr. Easley can make you comfortable either with or without sedation during your implant procedure.
How do the implants attach to my denture?
After the titanium portion of the implant is placed in your mouth it takes 3-6 months (the healing time varies with each person) for your body to secure it to your bone. After this time the implant will function with the same strength as a tooth. A small snap is placed on top of the implant which is visible on your gums, and your denture “snaps” into place. It can be easily removed for cleaning.
How Many Implants Do I Need?
The number varies with every person. Commonly the bottom denture is secured with 2-4 implants and the top denture with 4-6. The more implants that are used to secure the denture, the more of the denture sides and roof of the mouth plastic can be trimmed away allowing for less bulk in your mouth. This will greatly enhance the comfort of your dentures, improve speech, and return your ability to taste the way you did before dentures. Many times your existing dentures can be ‘retrofitted’ to the implants, and in some cases new dentures are recommended.
How Do I Get Started?
Dr. Coppin and Dr. Easley can work with your general dentist to plan the number of implants that will be needed to give you the results you desire. Our office will then work with your dentist’s office to complete your treatment and get you enjoying your life with a stable overdenture as quickly as possible!