Implant Retained Dentures
One of the biggest let downs with traditional dentures is the fact that they sit passively on top of the dental arch with no proper anchorage. They are susceptible to sliding and rocking when eating.
This is especially true with lower dentures if they only have a narrow area of jaw bone to rest on. Compound the fact that dentures rest between two strong muscles -tongue and lips- and the movement of dentures becomes inevitable, despite adhesives.
Implant retained dentures strive to eliminate this issue. Small dental implants are inserted into the jaw under local anaesthesia in a non-surgical manner with a ball attachment that will click into a suction cup that is built into the denture.
This means less movement. Imagine being able to eat your favourite foods without having to worry about shifting dentures.
More importantly though, by inserting the implant into the jaw, bone integrity is preserved. Meaning that the bone loss that gradually occurs in the jaw is prevented. This bone loss over time often affects the stability of traditional dentures, citing the reason why many dentists prefer implant retained dentures over traditional dentures.