Implants can even make dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rely on support from the gums and underlying bone. The pressure from dentures accelerates bone loss so that eventually the gum and bony ridges no longer effectively hold the dentures in place, particularly on the bottom. But, in the lower jaw, we can place two implants over which a removable denture can attach, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface, and preserving the bone directly under the dentures. The stability provided by implants is also important because it prevents the tongue from easily displacing a lower denture in the normal course of eating and speaking. In the upper jaw, an implant-supported overdenture requires more than two implants because there is less bone density than in the lower jaw.
With four or more implants more stable options are available. In one option we can make a bar between the implants that a custom denture slides over and locks onto, until you remove it on purpose. In another option we can make a special denture that screws onto the implants and stays fixed in the mouth. In still another option we can make a fixed in the mouth, ceramic covered bridge (like on teeth) for the most beautiful esthetics. The start to this type of treatment is to make an appointment for a thorough examination.