DENTURES & PARTIALS
Overdentures with Locator Attachments
Implant supported dentures are a radical upgrade for patients struggling with dentures. As any dentist, or any denture wearer will explain, dentures are a suitable solution for missing teeth, but they are a poor substitute when compared to actual teeth. The most economical, long term solution for people struggling with their denture is a locator supported denture. A detailed description of this solution can be viewed here.
The process of getting locators is relatively simple. Implants are placed, and then one end of the locator attachment is screwed into the implant. The other end is placed into the denture. When the denture is placed in the mouth, the two ends snap together, resulting in a surprisingly stable solution. In fact, most patients are able to remove the plastic from the palate of the denture. The result is a boost in overall comfort and an improved ability to taste food again. Most patients report that their dentures feel stable and secure. Locators work best when four implants are placed per arch. Although, in the lower jaw, even two implants can be a great improvement.
Mini-Implants with Locator Attachments
Of all of the options to stabilize dentures, narrow diameter or mini-implants should be thought of as a basic or an economy option- albeit a great one! Mini-implants work just like Locator Overdentures, however the diameter of the supporting implants are more narrow, they are skinny. With mini’s, you get the same great snap-on feel, however mini implants have a higher incidence of failure, because the support is not as strong. Mini-implants are a super denture stabilizing solution but because of their value pricing and higher rate of failure, we do not offer our no-questions-asked limited warranty. Mini-implants are an exceptional value to stabilize a new or existing denture. We recommend 6 mini’s on top and 4 mini’s on the bottom for maximum success.