Implants have been the best thing to happen to dentures since the invention of dentures. At Jacksonville Complete Dentistry, we have found incredible success helping our patients replace teeth by combining dental implants and dentures in a variety of ways. If you would like to discuss your unique situation, feel free to contact us at any time.
There are several ways in which dental implants can help us with dentures:
When a tooth is lost, the jawbone begins to change. Those changes result in smaller ridges. The problem with this is that a denture needs a good ridge to grip. A good grip is needed to retain a denture. Many patients that have dentures find that the dentures do not stay in place sufficiently. This is where the overdenture can help.
An overdenture is a denture with special attachments that are designed to snap onto dental implants. This snap can significantly benefit the retention of a denture. Often four implants are used in the upper arch and two in the lower. The implant is placed inside of the jawbone. After it integrates with the bone, the dentures can be snapped onto the implant. The results often are transformative!
Some patients do not have enough teeth to keep a partial denture properly in plane. Other patients show gums when they smile and a partial denture would normally show metal when smiling or laughing. Other patients have partial dentures that do not fit sufficiently. At Jacksonville Complete Dentistry, we can use dental implants to help retain partial dentures. We have many success stories changing smiles and maintaining health and function with this treatment.
You may have seen the commercials on TV about “teeth in a day”. Many of our patients contact our office looking for “fixed” dentures. Both of these discussions refer to hybrid dentures. We feel that it is important to explain this concept. A hybrid denture uses implants (generally 5 or 6 implants on the top and 5 or 6 implants on the bottom arch) to stabilize, support, and retain a denture. The denture is screwed onto the implants. The denture is fixed in place and is only removed at the dental office for periodic cleaning.
For certain patients, a hybrid denture is the highest level of treatment available to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. This can restore health, function, and can provide an amazing smile.