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Implants and Dentures

So what is it about implants and dentures – can they work together?

At the Dental Implants New Jersey office – Dr Jonathan Abenaim says:

I would say that about 80-90% of patients that come in to our office are fully edentulous (i.e. missing their teeth completely) and don’t like wearing a denture.

Some patients are okay wearing removable dentures, but they’re just not happy that they have to use glue, they’re worried that it’s falling out, they’re not happy that they’re cutting their food into small pieces prior to eating.

What implants can do is allow them our patients to keep their existing denture.

How does that happen?

If the patient is happy the way their mouth looks, or we make them a new denture and then, instead of having glue and hoping for it to stay in their mouth, it actually clicks into the implants.  Then the amount of tension, the amount of force that holds the denture in the mouth is very significant.

Basically it allows patients to eat whatever they want.

Implants are nowadays used for patients that would like to create more stability for their dentures at a minimal cost.

And what next?

What we do is place just 4 implants and then we connect the denture to it, usually the same day.

With this implant procedure, 95% of the time there are no incisions, resulting in no stitches and minimal to zero post-operative pain.

I’ve had patients who’ve worn dentures for 20-30 years and they’re okay with it. They basically have accepted that that’s their fate, but you don’t have to do that. That’s why dental implants are there.

Imagine being able to go out to dinner with your friends, chewing on a piece of steak, and not worrying about your teeth falling out. I mean, it’s very embarrassing yet we can make that problem of dentures go away. Even to those people that say they are happy with their denture, I always advise placing some implants. Why? Because with dentures, if you can imagine they’re a piece of plastic with plastic teeth. And you have to realize, whatever you’re eating, whether it’s soft or hard, it’s creating a pressure on your gums and your bones. By creating pressure on your gums and your bone, it causes your bone to disintegrate/resorb.

What happens over time for denture wearers is that over time particularly on the lower, is they lost so much bone that they increase their rate of fracture of their jaw. They eat something hard and they can actually fracture it if they don’t have any bone. So, what I always recommend to my patients is if you have the bone, get the implants in there. Because once the implants are there, the bone won’t go anywhere.

Also, if you keep wearing dentures, you’re going to have to change your dentures or have them altered on a regular basis. Your denture is a piece of plastic and it never changes. Your mouth changes every second of the day, and after a certain amount of time you feel your dentures starting to get loose, so you add a little bit of glue and they’re okay. And then it gets even looser, and you’re adding a whole tube of glue and its coming out the side of the denture and it’s just not comfortable.

So, either they can have their denture rebased and realigned to what they have existing, or they can get a couple of implants and use their existing denture if they’re happy with the way it looks, and just connect the denture to the implants. They’re very comfortable, and it’s a low-cost alternative to regular cuts. If they just have a couple implants put in to secure the denture, they may actually save money over time, because they are investing in these implants and they’re not going to need to replace these dentures as much as if they didn’t have the implants. They’ll certainly improve their quality of life.