Implants have revolutionized the dental world. What are implants? In simple terms, implants are titanium screws that are placed in your jawbone.
For patients with dentures or partial dentures, an implant is used as an anchorage device that your denture snaps into. For instance, a ball can be placed on the top of an implant screw and a socket can be placed on the bottom side of the denture or partial denture. Thus, the partial denture or denture will clip into the implant screw, holding the denture firmly in place while speaking and chewing.
Historically, lower dentures cause the most problems for patients, as they move around due to your tongue’s power. Implants can now be used to fasten down these lower dentures and hold them in securely.
If you have an existing denture or partial denture that is not perfect, you should certainly visit your dentist for an implant evaluation. You may not even need a new denture or partial denture, as your old one can sometimes be adapted to clip into implants.
My office has been using implants to help hold in partial dentures and dentures for over fifteen years. If you live in southeast Florida, we would gladly provide a complimentary thorough evaluation to see if implants are the right option for you.
How implants have changed the way I make dentures:
Over twenty-five years ago, my wife and I moved to south Florida from Boston, where I attended and taught at Tufts Dental School. My office has been located in the Boynton Beach and Delray Beach area since moving to Palm Beach County. In my practice, implant dentures have become a common dental procedure. New patients will present to our office with an ill-fitting denture or partial denture. We are often able to use dental implants to drastically improve its comfort and fit. The implants serve as an anchor and hold the denture in place while chewing and speaking. Quite honestly, our patients typically cannot understand how they used to cope with their old denture before implants. If you have an uncomfortable denture or you are considering a new denture, partial denture or implant denture, we would gladly provide a complimentary evaluation: