While no one intends to lose all of their teeth, it happens more than you may think. If you already wear removable dentures, you understand the challenges that they may cause to everyday tasks. If you hate your dentures now, you’ll hate them even more the longer you wear them. Dr. Wassenaar understands that his patients are regular folks, and everyone deserves to be able to smile. Affording to replace your old dentures with fixed implant dentures may not be in your budget right now – That’s why we offer segmented treatment options. Segmented treatment means you get your implants gradually, as you can afford to. Dr. Wassenaar starts with two small implants in the front to hold your dentures in place. While this is not the most ideal for implant dentures, it allows you to have much more control. Later, implants are placed in the molar region to give much more stability. See below for these options.
By placing two dental implants in the front, this patient’s lower dentures are much more secure than before. This is also an excellent starting point for those who do not have the budget right now to get 4 implants placed. These implants are used to snap on a removable prosthetic and help keep the lower denture in place. Ideally, this patient will return and have two more implants placed in the back as well for optimal stability.
With three implants, we would enjoy more stability compared to only two implants. Another advantage is that the three implants combined would shoulder the same chewing force as only two implants combined.
By connecting the three individual implants with a titanium bar we can build more retentive features which will give you more stability. The bar will lessen the load on the implants compared to having three sperate implants. The denture will be more stable and the chance of overloading the implants is lessened.