Mini implants in the lower jaw to secure a partial denture

| October 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Les
(Colorado Springs, CO)

I lost all my teeth, except the lower front six, about 30 years ago. I have never been able to wear a lower partial denture. I am interested in having mini implants in the lower jaw to secure a partial denture. I would keep the remaining six ‘real’ teeth as they are in good shape. So far I have not consulted an implant dentist.

From what I have been reading on the internet, it is usual to place four implants to secure a denture, but, as I still have these six front teeth, would two implants further back in the jaw be sufficient to secure the partial denture?

I notice that in the case of someone who has no teeth, the usual four implants are placed to the front of the jaw (presumably due to the larger amount of bone usually remaining there). How would my six remaining ‘real’ teeth affect this?

I wear an upper denture but, due to bone loss, I have that ‘collapsed face’ look. Would implants in the upper jaw (with bone grafts if necessary), help to give a more ‘filled-out’ look to my face?

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  1. sandydig says:

    Mini Implants for Denture and Partial NEW
    by: Sharon B., RDH

    Hi Les,

    If you have not been able to wear a lower partial before even with your remaining lower 6 teeth, then you will most likely need 3-4 mini implants in the lower jaw to help retain the partial better. It may just be that you do not have enough bone at this point to hold the partial (bone grafts can only help to a certain extent), but only an implant specialist will be able to let you know if there is enough there to hold it or not.

    To answer your question, yes, the denture and partial would help reduce the “sunken in” appearance of your face. This is due mostly to there being no teeth present, and the cheeks falling in as a result. Placing a prosthetic in this area will counteract some of that.

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