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Senior man eating an appleMany of our patients have expressed the desire for a solution to the problem of loose dentures. Dr. Richard Hada understands the concerns of these patients. Traditional dentures rely on messy adhesives or natural suction to hold in place, and too often they click and wobble when talking. Some patients have even experienced the ultimate embarrassment of their dentures falling out when talking or eating. To prevent these issues from occurring, Dr. Hada offers our patients dentures supported by dental implants. These dentures provide a more stable, secure alternative to the traditional appliances, allowing patients to speak and eat without worry.

To learn more about the benefits of implant-supported dentures, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada.

Why Should I Choose Implant-Supported Dentures?

Once considered the gold standard for replacing teeth, traditional dentures can present many difficulties for patients who wear them. Closed palate dentures replace the teeth of the upper arch, relying on the natural suction of the mouth to hold them in place. These appliances often experience slippage, and the plastic base that covers the palate causes many patients to experience a reduction in the taste of their food.

Open palate dentures for the upper arch, and all lower arch dentures, require special adhesives to hold their position on the gums. Many patients consider these adhesives messy, and after a while, the bond they create can weaken, allowing the dentures to become loose or fall out.

Doctors design traditional dentures to fit snugly against the patient’s gums. The bone underneath the gums, however, receives no stimulation. When the bone in a patient’s jaw fails to receive stimulation, the body diverts calcium and other nutrients needed by the bone off to other areas of the body. This causes the jawbone to shrink, which can lead to dentures no longer fitting properly.

Implant-supported dentures snap on and off of tiny implants that the doctor surgically places in the patient’s jawbone. The implants provide a sturdy anchor for the denture, reducing wobbling and slipping. Patients with implant-supported dentures no longer need to worry about messy adhesives or taste buds that don’t work.

The implants replace the roots of the patient’s teeth, providing stimulation to the jawbone. This eliminates shrinkage and actually promotes bone growth, ensuring that the patient has a strong jawbone going forward.

About Dental Implants

Before having dental implants placed, patients must consult with Dr. Hada to ensure they qualify for the procedure. The doctor reviews each patient’s medical and dental history, and performs a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth, focusing on the jawbone.

The density of the bone in the jaw plays such a large part in the placement of dental implants, that it often serves as the deciding factor in whether or not the patient can support dental implants. If the bone has insufficient density to support dental implants, Dr. Hada may recommend that the patient undergo a bone graft or a sinus lift before he or she has implants placed.

Gum tissue also plays an important role in deciding patient eligibility for dental implants. Qualified candidates will need an adequate amount of gum tissue, free of disease, to aid in the healing of the implants.

When he feels satisfied that the patient meets all requirements, Dr. Hada surgically places dental implants, tiny posts made of titanium, into the patient’s jawbone to replace the roots of teeth lost to decay, gum disease, or severe trauma to the mouth. For a full set of dentures, Dr. Hada typically places four to six implants in each arch.

As the implant sites heal, the biocompatible implants fuse together with the bone in the jaw. This process is commonly known as osseointegration. The fusion helps the implants provide an exceptionally sturdy anchor for the patient’s new dentures.

Types of Implant-Supported Dentures

The most common type of implant-supported denture involves an attachment on each implant, called an abutment that snaps into an attachment on the denture. Gaining in popularity, however, bar-retained dentures consist of a metal bar, which connects to the implants and follows the curve of your jawbone. Instead of snapping directly onto the implants, these dentures fit over the bar, using clips to securely attach.

Another option that has risen in popularity, the All-on-4® denture, offers a solution for patients who fail to qualify for traditional implant-supported dentures due to low bone density. Four implants placed in the front of the jaw, where the bone naturally has the most density, hold the denture in place. Rather than snapping the dentures in, the doctor permanently attaches them to the implants with dental adhesive.

Call Today for a Consultation

To learn more about implant-supported dentures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067.