Implant Treatment After Dentures
“One of the most wonderful advances in dentistry,” says Jamie J. Alexander, D.D.S., of Recovery Dentistry in Boynton Beach, FL, “is the ability to replace missing teeth with a stable prosthesis that provides stability, strong function, and natural appearance.”
Due to today’s materials and methods, patients who have worn a partial denture and undergone jawbone resorption can have a multi-unit implant prosthesis to replace multiple teeth. If a bone graft is needed to develop bone tissue prior to implant treatment, a successful treatment plan can be developed to help you achieve this.
If you have worn a complete overdenture, over time, changes in jawbone tissue result in uncomfortable denture fit, instability, and perhaps, poor appearance. One option is to seek treatment with a realigned or new denture that is custom fit to the current shape of your jaw bone and overlying gum tissue. But, you may prefer upgrading your denture to a more stable denture supported by dental implant options.
Dental Implant Options to Consider
- Upgrade Option 1: A snap on removable denture is supported on 4 to 5 mini implants, depending on the size of your arch.
- Upgrade Option 2: A fixed hybrid overdenture is retained on as few as 4 implants. This treatment has implants optimally placed and angled to make maximum use of available bone tissue.
Even if you have been wearing a full overdenture for a long time and experienced significant bone resorption, these two types of implant treatment are usually possible. The first step is a consultation with Dr. Alexander to learn more and discover what is most appropriate for you.