If you are considering denture implants one of the subjects that may come up is what type of implants. If you have not looked into these, you may be very confused…after all, aren't implants for tooth replacement, not for dentures?
No! Implants have become a common method of ensuring a stable, firm fit and reliable security for denture wearers. Standard dentures rely on suction to remain in place, and on the firmness of the underlying bone of the upper and lower jaw to provide stability.
This is a modestly successful way to secure the denture, but in many instances even a perfectly fit denture will still have some wobble, leaving the wearer insecure when eating or speaking.
Denture implants, based on the same technology used for dental replacement, provide a deep rooted, high leverage anchor point for dentures that resists wobble and allows great confidence in use.
There are two primary forms of denture implants. The first, a standard sized implant, involves a titanium post which is surgically embedded in the bone of the upper or lower jaw. The implant is shielded for a number of months until the bone has grown around the post, and then is unshielded.
If a tooth replacement is to be provided it is built over the post. If it is to be used only as a denture stabilizer it remains as it is: a short, smooth little knob projecting from the jaw.
A matching nook is drilled in the denture. When the denture is placed in the mouth the knob acts as a stabilizing post, keeping the denture in alignment. In most cases two or more implants will be placed for maximum leverage and support.
The second kind of dental implant is called a "mini-implant," and it is exactly what it sounds like. A much smaller titanium post can be placed, as the implant is not to be used for tooth replacement but only for denture security. Because of the reduced size of the titanium spike the mini-implant can be placed even in many people with too little bone for standard implants.
The mini-implants can be placed on an out-patient basis and can be completed in about an hour. Dentures are retrofitted to match the new implants, and there is no prolonged healing period waiting for the bone to grow around the spikes.
The mini-implants are less expensive than a standard implant, and are superb for anchoring dentures and providing added stability. They are becoming the standard implant for lower jaw dentures, being cost effective, simple, painless, and widely adaptable to varied needs and patients.
So you may need to consider denture implants
if you would like a better fit and less embarrassing moments especially if you have one missing at the front. Dentures implants are one of the best steps towards replacing lost teeth by providing a permanent solution. Also it will give you added boost in confidence.