What Circumstances Are Best for Dentures over Implants?

What are the benefits and drawbacks to implants?

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Dental Implant Benefits and Drawbacks

Today, dental implants really are the standard for replacing missing teeth. The only alternative to  dentures are dental implants.
A traditional denture can be attached to implants, and be removable by the patient. A hybrid denture (acrylic denture with metal frame underneath) can be attached to 4 or 5 implants and only be removable by the dentist. 
Any surgery has risks, but the benefits (preserving bone, no loose denture motion) make implants the first and best choice if you've lost teeth.
The drawback would be not being able to have implants. Reasons for that would include; a medical condition that prevents implant surgery, lack of bone and inability to graft bone, bruxism (tooth grinding), smoking (not quitting), or financial reasons.   

Cleveland Dentist
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Dental Implant Retained Dentures- no more denture glue needed!

Dentures which are anchored into Dental implants(implant over-dentures) are a great way to never have to use fixodent or any other denture adhesive. When done right implants will provide a great deal of support and retention for your dentures.  Your dentures will not move around when you eat, speak and laugh because they are securely connected to dental implants. The benefits I commonly see are:

1. Increased chewing ability/ chewing force

2. Smaller, less bulkier dentures

3. increased confidence to laugh, speak, and eat in public

4. The implants placed in your jaw bones will prevent your jaw bones from further resorption.

6. Easily accessible for cleaning/ proper hygiene 

If you struggle with loose or ill fitting dentures, are self- conscious about your dentures and can't eat properly this is a procedure that can restore your confidence and change your life.  This is a service we love providing at our office because of the amazing impact it has on our patients' lives.

Giri Palaniswamy, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist
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Best indications for dental implants to support dentures

The best situation for dental implants to support dentures occurs when you have lost a great deal of jawbone to the extent that the ridge of bone that would normally hold up the denture and prevent it from sliding around has resorbed and the denture has nothing to hold on to. If your ridge of bone in the upper or lower or both jaws has resorbed, the denture will slide side to side and be unstable. Hence, it is difficult to eat. Under such circumstances, it's best to place 2 or 3 posts (dental implants) into the jawbone to support the denture and give the denture something to CLICK into and stabilize. As such, you will be able to chew ANYTHING that you want including corn on the cob and steak.

Herbert Veisman, DDS
Toronto Periodontist
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Mini implant supported dentures.

In my experience, getting the mini implant supported dentures is a great option for patients that experience discomfort of loose or ill-fitting dentures which usually irritate the gums and affect your social life since people can not laugh freely or eat the things they used to eat when they weren't edentulous.
Placing Mini Dental Implants on your jawbone is a non surgical procedure, minimally invasive and involves a little pain (Local anesthesia is used. The option to be fully sedated is available as well). We requiere only one hour to place all the Mini Dental Implants you need in your jawbone.

Dental implants help dentures tremendously

Especially for the lower jaw.  Most people tolerate the fit of the upper denture, but the lower denture is notorious for moving and feeling loose.  Dental implants can stabilize dentures and return confidence in both function and being in public (no fear that the dentures will move while talking to people).

Our website has more information on the details of implants.

Lance Timmerman, DMD, MAGD
Seattle Dentist
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Implant over-denture

Implant over-denture is ideal for people who have a denture that’s lose, an endless source of discomfort and frustration.  Full lower dentures are uncomfortable for most people to wear.  Placing implants to stabilize the denture is a great option.  The dentures will no longer be lose or wobbly after placing just a couple of implants.  Some of my most grateful patients are ones who have received an imlant supported denture.  Good Luck!

Peter Mann, DDS
Manhattan Dentist
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What Circumstances Are Best for Dentures over Implants?

The difference between a denture that's anchored down by dental implants and one that is not is night and day. I tell my patients that it will literally change their quality of life . It will change how well they can chew their food which will affect their overall health. It can also affect speech , and many times patients tell me that it affects their self-esteem.  The minimum number of implants that is recommended is two for the lower denture and four for an upper denture although the general rule of thumb is- the more you have, the better.

I hope you find this information helpful

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Richard Champagne, DMD
Freehold Dentist
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Implants Can Change Your Life

There are not many drawbacks to dental implants.  One of the major reasons they were developed was to provide anchorage for lower dentures that previously lacked retention and were difficult to wear.  There are many ways to use the implants to your advantage:  Overdentures that use two or four implants to anchor them in place but need to be removed at night, hybrid cases that are made of similar materials to the denture but are screwed into the implants and remain in place, and fixed crowns and bridges that are either cemented or screwed to the implants.  Be sure to choose your surgeon carefully and involve both the restorative dentist, the surgeon and yourself in all decision-making.  Advantages to using implants with dentures include increased retention giving you the ability to chew better and preservation of bone that otherwise will slowly disappear under the denture.  As with teeth, you will need to perform excellent home care to keep your implants healthy and functional.

Gary Nack, DDS
Philadelphia Dentist

Implant Supported Dentures Clearly Superior to Traditional Ones

Only two reasons to not do an implant supported denture if you are facing losing your teeth or already wear a traditional denture. 1) If you truly cannot afford the implants and restoration.  2) You have inadequate bone to place implants or you have medical reasons that prevent implant placement.

Implants not only provide retention that traditional dentures can not through some sort of attachment device.  Additionally, they preserve the bone under the denture by lessening the load on the jaw bone itself which over time causes erosion of the bone support.  Implant supported dentures are one of the best values in dentistry.

Donald L. Wilcox, DDS
Glendale Dentist
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Rational for implants over dentures


Please see the 'Implants for dentures' section in our website. It has some very relevant information regarding your quesiton.

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H. Ryan Kazemi, DMD
Bethesda Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
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