Wish your dentures would just stop moving? Dr. Crapo & Associates can use dental implants to stabilize your dentures and make you less self-conscious. Implant-and-denture systems consist of two parts: a titanium implant that acts like the root of a tooth and a retaining fixture that’s incorporated into the base of your denture. Depending on your needs and how you want your dentures to fit, you can pick from several types of implant-supported denture systems:
Removable or Fixed Systems
If you’d like your dentures to stay in place and not have to worry about removing them, we can recommend fixed implant systems which involve screwing your denture onto implants in your jaw. Prefer being able to remove your dentures at the end of the day? Several options are available which keep your denture firmly in place until you decide to remove it.
Bar-Retained or Snap Systems
These systems allow you to snap your denture in and out of place. These methods involve either a titanium bar or snap attachments, your denture can than clip down on to a bar or snaps, keeping your denture firmly in place.
Ball-Retained or O-ring Systems
In this system, the head of each implant is shaped like a ball, and the retaining fixtures on the base of the denture act like sockets with a rubber O-rings. Each O-ring and socket snaps over the ball when the denture is seated, holding the denture firmly in place.
Mini Implant Systems
Miniature dental implant (MDI) systems are suitable for some patients. Dr. Crapo will place the mini dental implant into your jawbone; its head will protrude from your gums and provide a solid foundation to which you can secure your denture.
Although inserting implants into your jawbone involves a minimally invasive surgical technique, Dr. Crapo offers both local anesthesia and intravenous (IV) sedation to ensure your comfort. Certain implant placement techniques allow your denture to be attached and stabilized the same day as implants are placed.
Rediscovering the joys of eating
After learning about Dr. Crapo from another satisfied patient, Francis came in to see us, hoping to solve the pain he was experiencing in his bite. At first look, gum disease had taken hold, and his teeth were beyond help. Dr. Crapo recommended implants and implant-supported dentures.
“I couldn’t eat. Not even an apple! So something had to be done. After talking to Lou, I decided to come to Dr. Crapo. Dr. Crapo’s team… they have a plan. They do all things according to plan, no surprises. I really enjoy eating now. The whole experience of dental implants from Dr. Crapo really improved the quality of my life.”