Increased Bite Force with Snap on Dental Implants for Dentures

Patients who wear traditional dentures know that their lower denture is always "loose" and must wear denture adhesives if they want them more secure. A loose denture can shift out of place make it difficult to speak, give you difficulty eating, and or become uncomfortable. For patients who want more out of life and want more then a loose lower denture can provide. Dr. Clark Damon offers implant-supported dentures in Amarillo, TX. With implant supported dentures patients can have improved self confidence with a more secure and functional lower denture. Simply by placing two dental implants and a simple implant denture that snaps into the two implants, the denture is removable. 

Implant Supported Dentures

Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures

  • Security - knowing your lower denture will not be loose as it is firmly attached to 2 dental implants
  • Improved bite force- the denture is directly attached to implants so there is no loss of bite force
  • Stability - since the lower implant denture is locked into the implants the denture resists side to side motion
  • Ability to eat harder foods, eat more
  • Improved self confidence
  • Implants help retain bone around them

How does the process work?

Typically 2 dental implants are placed in the lower jaw, 3 or more maybe utilized but this is not common. The implant placement occurs under IV Sedation, and can be at the same time with any other surgical needs such as alveoplasty, dental extractions, and tori removal. The implants are placed in the jaw and allowed to heal undisturbed for 4 months (for the lower jaw). After the proper healing time we will expose the implants and place 2 locator abutments on them after a small minor procedure under local anesthesia. We then will fabricate a new implant supported denture. 

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At Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center of Amarillo, Dr. Damon works with individual patients to develop restorative treatment plans that will best meet their unique needs. If you or your loved one is interested in implant-supported dentures, contact our office today to learn more or all 806 803 9219 for more information. 

What are the Snaps? The snaps are called - Locators - they are gold abutments placed onto the implants

Gold locator abutment being placed by an implant driver in the mouth
Placement of Locator
sutured gingiva after implant uncovering
Now 2 locators are placed
Once the implants are placed, the gums are closed and a patient wears a loose lower denture for 4 months while the implant fuses to the bone during osseointegration. Once the implant has integrated, we bring the patient back in at 4 months for an uncovering. This is a minor procedure under local anesthesia where we make a small incision and place the locators onto the implants. 

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