A classic dental problem – the loose lower denture – and its solution.
When there is very thin lower gum ridge the denture proves very unstable and makes life a misery for the wearer.
This is solved for ever using 4 to 6 Mini Ball implants in lower jaw to anchor the denture very rigidly.
For upper dentures the retention is so good that the conventional full palate coverage is no longer necessary and the shape can be the same as a lower denture – just a ‘horseshoe’ arch of teeth – excellent news for those with an active ‘gag’ reflex.
Implants for dentures can be of the bar or ball type. The ball type uses a corresponding housing to secure it in the denture.
On the left is a ball type abutment, which enables a loose denture to be securely fitted in the upper or lower jaw.
Osteocare make mini and midi post and ball type implants.
One piece ball implants are generally used for dentures.
Two piece implants allow a ball abutment for denture initially, and if possible, a crown or bridge may be able to be fitted later.
Pictures show implants in place, the ‘O’ ring housings added to the ball tops and their final inclusion in the denture. Retention of the denture is fantastic – no more potentially embarrassing moments!