Many people have reached the conclusion that wearing dentures is simply not appealing to them, because of the way dentures can slip and move around in your mouth. This can cause a great deal of embarrassment when speaking or when eating, and it can get to the point where it's problematic. However, nowadays there is a solution to this problem, because denture stabilization can be used to anchor dentures solidly in place.
Denture stabilization calls for implants to be inserted in the patient's mouth, and the dentures would be attached to these implants, so that no movement inside the mouth is possible. It's an added bonus that installing these implants also helps to avoid loss of bone tissue for the patient. Once implants have been installed, you'll have a permanent solution to missing teeth, although the dentures themselves can still be removed at night for cleaning. Denture stabilization is a terrific alternative for dental patients who have had a full set of upper or lower teeth removed, and wish to avoid the potential slippage generally associated with conventional dentures.
How Does it Work?
Denture stabilization is accomplished by having implants inserted into the jawbone, and then attaching dentures to those implants. Conventional dentures merely sit on top of the gums, and are not anchored to the mouth in any way. Even though patients may have lost all of their upper or lower teeth, they should still have enough jawbone material to accommodate any necessary implants.
Since dentures are then firmly rooted into the mouth, there's no opportunity for them to slip around and cause inconvenience or embarrassment. In some cases, dentures are held in place by using attachments which get clipped onto the implants, and these are the ones which can be removed when necessary. When a patient opts to have a fixed crown or bridgework installed to achieve a more permanent outcome, these dentures cannot be removed, and must be cleaned using normal dental hygiene methods while in place.
Types of Stabilized Dentures
There are two basic types of denture stabilizations, those being bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Ball-retained dentures are sometimes referred to as stud-attachment dentures, and with these, the jawbone implants are equipped with metal attachments that fit onto the denture attachments. The implant attachments are ball-shaped, while the denture attachments look much more like sockets, which means that the ball can be snugly fit inside the socket.
In the case of bar-retained dentures, it will be necessary to install between two and five implants into the jawbone. All of the implants are attached by a metal bar which curves completely around the jawbone, and the denture is placed over the bar. The implants or the dentures may both have attachments on them, and these will serve to hold the entire device together.
Benefits of Denture Stabilization
There are a number of real advantages to undergoing denture stabilization, including all of the following:
- They provide a permanent solution for missing teeth
- They're much more comfortable than traditional dentures would be
- They're easier to speak with, since they don't move around inside your mouth
- There is less gum infection and mouth sores with stabilized dentures
- You'll be able to chew food better and enjoy improved digestion
- They are much easier to clean, and act very much like normal teeth.
- How much do denture stabilization implants cost?
Generally speaking, the cost for an implant-supported lower denture which requires between four and six implants will range anywhere from $2000 to $5000. If full-sized implants were to be used to stabilize a full denture, that might cause considerably more, and in fact could be as expensive as $12,000 on up to $30,000.
Costs will vary according to a number of different factors, such as your geographic location in the country, any preparatory work which might be needed before installing dentures, and the level of expertise of your oral surgeon. You may also be able to have some portion of the cost paid for by your dental insurance carrier, so you should always check with your insurance company before proceeding with denture stabilization.
Bring Balance to Your Smile with Denture Stabilization. Contact us Today!
If you have worn dentures in the past, you are probably well aware of some of the inconveniences which are associated with them. You may have had difficulty chewing your food and experiencing normal digestion, or you may have had difficulty speaking because your dentures were slipping around inside your mouth. You can avoid all these hassles by undergoing denture stabilization which will solidly anchor your dentures in place.
When your dentures are attached to implants that have fused with your jawbone, there will be no slippage whatsoever inside your mouth, and you will be able to have full confidence in your smile, your speaking ability, and your chewing and biting capabilities. Contact us at Amores Dental today, so we can examine your mouth and determine if you're a good candidate for denture stabilization.