Dental implant technology has continued to advance over the course of the last two decades. Today it can be effectively used to create anchor points to lock your removable dentures into place for an extra firm hold.
You will likely need four to six denture anchors installed in order to help the denture hardware anchor them in place.
The first step in the process of receiving denture implant anchors involves a George R. Hussey, DDS, FAGD dentist examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. Many people with dentures have suffered a loss of bone structure in their jaw due to gum disease issue or multiple tooth extractions. Should this be the case, we might recommend that you receive a bone graft in key areas to restore sufficient structure to mount the implant.
The dental implants can be installed during an outpatient appointment requiring deep sedation. You will need to have someone drive you and help you at home until you’re back on your feet.
During the procedure, small incisions are made in your gums to gain direct access to the underlying bone. A narrow channel is made in the bone for each implant anchor. Then titanium abutments are screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will naturally fuse to your bone structure.
Once the denture implants are secure we can fit you for the special dentures and locking hardware needed to secure your dentures firmly in your mouth.
If you are interested in learning more about how dental implants can be used to help secure your dentures, you should call George R. Hussey, DDS, FAGD’s office in Arlington, Washington at 360.653.5197 to schedule an appointment.