Loose, Uncomfortable or Broken Dentures
Implant Treatment for Loose, Uncomfortable, or Broken Dentures
Loose dentures can drive you crazy. They can embarrass you. They can hurt you. They can annoy you. What they can't do is chew. The lower denture gives patients the most difficulty. Because of this, and due to the reliability of implant retention of dentures, the ADA published a statement in 2012 recommending implant retention as the new standard of care for lower complete dentures:
“The panelists reached consensus that they would recommend an IRMOD (Implant Retained Mandibular Overdenture) instead of a CD (Conventional Complete Denture) as the first-choice standard of care for patients who are healthy or have mild systemic disease, but not for patients with severe systemic disease.” – Journal of the American Dental Association, August 2012, Volume 143, Issue 8, Pages 881–889
Implants may be used to secure upper dentures as well - no more worries about your teeth falling out in mid-sentence or in a public place. Another great benefit of an implant retained upper denture is that the palatal coverage can often be eliminated. This allows you to better sense the texture and temperature of the delicious foods you eat. It's more comfortable, too. Your tongue has more space to maneuver. And that conventional denture extension back onto your soft palate is gone.