Missing all natural teeth on either top, bottom, or both. Teeth have problems and need to be removed. Already have a denture but don’t like the way it looks or the way it fits or feels.
Instead of just fabricating a traditional denture, we first place some dental implants. Typically we recommend two implants for a lower plate and four for an upper plate. The Implants are placed and after a short healing period we fabricate a removable prosthesis that “snaps in” on little buttons retained on the dental implants.
Your implant supported dentures will be “less bulky” than their non-implant supported counterparts mainly due to the fact that the hard palate is not covered because suction is not needed to hold them securely. These dentures stay “snapped in” with little buttons that are much stronger than regular suction. Lower plates are also secured with buttons and cannot “float” around. Chewing ability is substantially better than with traditional dentures because the teeth are much stronger and more stable.
The next step up from this type of prosthesis is a full arch prosthesis that never comes out and is implant supported. This is the closest thing to having your own natural teeth.