If you are a new denture wearer, or have had dentures for some time, you may notice the difficulties of using a denture. Speech, alterations in taste, limitations in chewing, and mobility of the denture are a few of the most common issues patients face when adjusting to new dentures or after having worn dentures for a long period of time. Having implants placed to secure loose fitting dentures is one of the most life changing procedures we offer.
Why Consider an Implant Overdenture?
Implants help your denture to stay secured in place during normal speech and chewing. This prevents the embarrassment of slipping dentures during conversation and also allows you to greatly expand your diet to enjoy the foods you love.
The dental implants are placed into the jaw bone during a surgical procedure in our office. You are numb during the procedure. Many patients do not mind being awake during implant placement; however, if you would prefer not to be, we offer oral sedation. Dr. Garibov can make you comfortable either with or without sedation during your implant procedure.
How Do the Implants Attach to My Denture?
After the titanium portion of the implant is placed in your mouth it takes 3-6 months (the healing time varies with each person) for your body to secure it to your bone. After this time the implant will function with the same strength as a tooth. A small snap device is placed on top of the implant which is visible above your gums, and your denture “snaps” into place. The denture can be easily removed for cleaning.
How Many Implants Do I Need?
The number varies with every person. Commonly the lower denture is secured with 2-4 implants and the upper denture with 4-6. The more implants that are used to secure the denture, the more of the denture sides and roof of the mouth plastic can be trimmed away allowing for less bulk in your mouth. This will greatly enhance the comfort of your dentures, improve speech, and return your ability to taste the way you did before dentures. Sometimes your existing dentures can be ‘retrofitted’ to the implants, and in some cases new dentures are recommended.
How Do I Get Started?
Dr. Garibov can work with your general dentist to plan the number of implants that will be needed to give you the results you desire. Our office will then work with your dentist’s office to complete your treatment and get you enjoying your life with a stable overdenture as quickly as possible!
Call our office at (360) 524-4236 to schedule a consultation.