Regular mandibular dentures can be problematic for people with severe atrophy of the jaw. Issues can include retention, the ability to speak clearly, the ability to eat adequately and pain from the instability. Research has proven, however, that the insertion of two to four implants to support mandibular dentures can have a success rate of as much as 96 percent.
A number of researchers have taken a look at patient satisfaction and reported that patients with implants experience greater satisfaction from their dentures than those who didn’t have the small, thin implants installed.
Atrophy can limit the placement of implants in the jaw, however. When the alveolar ridge has been partially resorbed, the length and number of implants used may be impacted and a dentist’s inclination to recommend the procedure is also limited.
In some cases, a patient’s age or other risk factors may mean that the risk of placing implants is too great because of the possibility of complications from the surgery. But small implants and flapless implant procedures are safer than older implants and procedures. Today’s implants can be placed without the need for bone augmentation, with almost no bleeding and with very little pain. These things contribute to a much lower cost of treatment too.
Patient satisfaction questionnaires also show that patients respond well to the implants, can wear the implant overdentures for longer periods of time than regular dentures and are satisfied with their comfort, their lack of reliance on adhesives and more.
Overall, patients appreciate implant-supported dentures, and it’s easy to see why. They fit better, have few complications and can make it easy for people who were once dissatisfied with their dentures to wear these life-enhancing devices with comfort and ease. And that’s a major thing for those who have this issue.