Denture wearers are as likely to be dissatisfied with their lower dentures as they are to be happy with their upper dentures. That is to say, most denture wearers are happy with their upper dentures, but very unhappy with their lower dentures.
The most common complaint of denture wearers is that they move whenever the wearer tries to speak or eat. This is because the lower dentures are held in place by the tongue. Speaking and eating both require the tongue to move, which leads to the denture moving.
The other common complaint with lower dentures is pain on biting or chewing. This is because over a period of time without teeth, the bone in the lower jaw erodes. This causes the dentures to put uneven pressure on the gums. This can lead to sores and even infection.
Until now, the only solution to these problems was costly and invasive implant surgery. Many denture wearers were poor candidates for this surgery because they did not have enough bone in the jaw to support the implants. Also, the procedure can cost upwards of $7,000, putting it out of reach of many denture wearers, who often live on fixed incomes or work low wage jobs.
A new procedure, using much smaller implants, offers new hope to these people. Implant supported dentures from Brighton Dental can help denture wearers return to normal healthy lives. The implants are only 2.2 – 2.4 mm, compared to 4 mm and larger for traditional implants and cost less from the manufacturer. The procedure to place them is minimally invasive. They can be placed in under an hour using only local anesthesia and with no stitches. Because they cost so much less to manufacture and the procedure is so much easier, they can be placed and existing dentures refitted for as low as $1,500.
Many denture wearers have experienced dramatic and immediate transformations after having these implants. They walk into the dentist’s office with dentures that cause them pain and embarrassment, and walk out with confident, comfortable smiles and a renewed ability to chew and enjoy their food.
In addition, Nels Ewoldsen, DDS, MSD, a clinical researcher for DENTSPLY Prosthetics, says there is evidence that using implants to hold lower dentures securely in place may be able to help protect bone. Bone preservation is becoming ever more important as more people wear dentures, and as those denture wearers age.