This is a very common complaint especially with denture adhesives. The tongue and strong muscles in your mouth can make a denture move leading to embarrassing situations. We can use dental implants to retain or clip your denture in place in as little as 2-3 hours.
No. In fact it is possible to replace all of the lower teeth with a removable or permanently retained over denture that is supported by only 4 implants. On the other hand, sometimes it might work to your advantage to replace your back teeth with a single implant for each tooth since back teeth are used for a lot of chewing.
Upper dentures cover the entire roof of the mouth and have a suction cup effect. This unfortunately causes a gag reflex and inability to taste or feel temperatures of food. We can often remove the covering on the roof of the mouth so that your denture is more open using dental implants. You will be able to chew solid foods and taste much better. Lower dentures have a problem of often being unstable. As little as two implants can provide enough support so you no longer have to use denture adhesives.
Dental implant procedures are becoming more routine, and we often compare the process as being easier than a tooth removal. The best way to know if you are healthy enough for a dental implant is to have a free consultation with one of our dentists to go over your medical history together.
There are few medical conditions that can impact the success of implant treatment, such as uncontrolled diabetes.
Quality and quantity of available bone for implant placement is more often a factor than medical conditions. However, even people who have lost significant amount of bone can obtain implant treatment with additional procedures to add or create new bone.
Your overall health and your desire to improve the quality of life are much more important things to look at, than your age. We currently have patients from 20 years old to 70+ years old that have had dental implants placed in the office. In fact, as we age it is much more of a benefit to keep you jaw bone stimulated with dental implants as compared to dentures, which allows bone to shrink over time.