Natural teeth are attached to your jaws by their roots, which gives you the ability to bite into an apple or a sandwich with effective strength and power. While dentures also allow you to bite into foods, you have to do so in a certain, slightly different way to minimize the chance of movement.
For more stable dentures, the addition of implant anchors can provide stability, increased chewing force, reduced tissue irritation, and decreased bone loss.
Denture implants are like artificial roots that hold your dentures solidly into place, just as your roots did with your natural teeth. Just 2 or 4 implants can attach an entire denture to your jaw.
These new “roots” are made of titanium and look a bit like a screw. A surgeon will implant these screws into your jawbone, if you’re a good candidate for implants.
While there are several criteria to determine the number of denture implants that may be placed, the standard number is 4 for the upper jaw and a minimum of 2 for the lower jaw. Once your final dentures have been attached to the implants, you’ll enjoy no slippage or movement while you eat and talk. Your speech will be clearer, and your facial muscles will be more relaxed.
Immediate dentures can be provided to you during the 2-6 month healing period, or your existing dentures can be modified. During this time, your bone will solidly integrate with the denture implants, after which your new dentures will be attached in your mouth to the denture implants.
Implant retained dentures are more stable and provide a more “realistic feeling” than most types of dentures. Denture implants are a proven restorative option with a long, clinically proven track record and an excellent success rate.