Dr. Robert Reynolds is a dental implant dentist who can help improve the fit of your dentures using dental implants. Patients with dentures often complain of embarrassing incidents involving slippage or looseness. These most often occur when eating or speaking because of the heavy movements of the jaw. Dental implants can help reduce these problems by providing a strong and stable foundation.
How do implant-supported dentures work?
Traditional dentures merely sit on top of the gums and are sometimes held in place with paste or adhesive. Implant-supported dentures, however, are attached to a set of dental implants that are planted firmly in the jawbone. This provides optimum stability and prevents the dentures from coming loose. Your dental implant dentist will use one of two methods depending on your needs:
A metal bar is constructed to run along the gum and then attached to a set of three or more dental implants. Then the dentures are secured to the bar using clips or other attachments.
These use a ball and socket method for stability. Usually the dentures will have ball-like structures at the top that correspond with a set of sockets at the base of the denture. This way they can be removed by hand but will not come loose accidentally.
Each type of denture comes with its own set of advantages and a different dental implant cost. You will have to consult with a dental implant dentist to discuss which method is right for you.
What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures?
Implant-supported dentures provide several important benefits that traditional dentures cannot provide. These include:
• Increased comfort
• Greater ease when talking or eating
• Stimulation of the jawbone
• Lower dental implant cost than replacing each tooth individually
For more information on implant-supported dentures or to get an estimate on your dental implant cost, contact Dr. Reynolds and schedule a consultation today!