Recently I have taken a class on implant
dentures for the lower arch for patients where we’re going to be able to do that
on three implants and have it fixed versus four implants which is a cost
savings to the patient and also saves time to get them into that permanent
fixed denture. So it’s great because it eliminates some of the cost and some of
the waiting for that final fixed denture. For patients that are looking into having
implant denture work done whether it’s removable or a fixed implant denture
usually between us seeing the patient getting our diagnosis and then working
with a specialist as well. Start to finish is usually around four months but
there are different ways to do that faster as well. It just kind of depends
on the patient situation and how much they want to invest in their mouth so it
can vary but the baseline is usually four months. No matter what they will not be without
teeth because we’ll either make them an immediate denture that they’ll wear and
it comes in and out or we can even make a fixed temporary denture that does not
come out and they’ll just wear that while everything’s healing. A lot of our
patients here we’re seeing more of a need for implant work with dentures.
Whether it’s fixed dentures or removable the baby-boomers just don’t want to
be in a situation that their parents were in with
traditional denture that doesn’t stay in So we’re definitely seeing a need
for more implant placement and fixed or removable dentures.
Just so the patient can speak better and the dentures don’t fall out on them.
It’s more comfortable, more natural-looking and I think the baby-boomers
don’t want to have the same situation that possibly their parents had with ill-fitting dentures and just not being able to eat what they want.