Upper dentures tend to offer fewer issues for patients than the lower in terms of loosening, lack of bone to retain fit, and movement. The lower denture has less coverage and less ridge to fit against creating a constant ill-fit. Dental implants can be a beneficial alternative to eliminate constant sore spots, restore proper chewing, improve speech, no longer worrying of dentures falling out and no more gooey adhesive. There are several options of combining dental implants and dentures.
Mini implants are very small and can be completed in one appointment. Although mini implants do provide some stability, they lack the support level of traditional implants and may not be the best option for people with "heavy bites."
Traditional Implants offer a significant advantage over the mini implant in terms of retaining bone and denture stability and support. After the placement of two to four implants, you will need to heal for several months; during that time a soft liner will be placed in the denture so you will not have to be without teeth. After the healing process is complete, a “post” will be placed and an impression will be made to fabricate a denture the "snaps" onto the implants.
The optimal solution for fit, security and maintaining bone structure is the placement of 4 traditional implants connected by a bar that the lower denture adheres to. The outcome provides the greatest area of retention between the implants and denture which adds a much greater stability during function. In addition to providing the patient greater chewing ability and the greatest amount of stability traditional implants enable the patient to retain their bone.
Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dentist examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.