The problem with dentures, particularly the lower denture, is that they tend to scoot side-to-side during function. This is due to the fact that the most lower jaws don’t have the height or width to create stability for the lower appliance. It’s not the fault of the denture or the dentist; it’s just the anatomy of the lower arch. Upper dentures tend to cause less trouble for wearers because there is so much more stabilizing bone in the upper arch.
However, there is a wonderful service available to denture wearers that many are unaware of.
Mini dental implants are one-piece titanium fixtures used to stabilize lower full dentures. They are placed in the bone in a simple procedure performed under local anesthesia. The heads of the mini implant extend through the gums and look like little trailer hitches along the crest of the ridge.
The patient’s lower denture is outfitted with metal receivers for these round trailer hitches. The denture snaps into place on the lower arch instead of floating on the lower ridge. The result is much easier and more comfortable eating.
If you are a denture wearer who would like to have more stable teeth, come in and let us tell you more about mini dental implants.