For decades, the oral health profession has searched for a more efficient and sustainable tooth replacement method – a method that would allow patients to once again enjoy all of the benefits of a full set of natural teeth. Dentures, while effective to a point, possess a number of undesirable attributes, including patient discomfort, limited ability to eat certain foods, and the inconvenience of adhesives and nightly removal.

Thanks to modern dental implant technology and the skills of doctors like Dr. Jenkins at Bluffton Dental Care, patients in need of a new, complete set of teeth can finally achieve the functional smile they’ve always wanted in less time than ever before.

Non Removable Dentures

For many patients who have worn dentures for years, the bone structures within the jaw have deteriorated to a point that traditional dental implants cannot be placed. With the revolutionary All-on-4® concept, as few as four titanium posts are implanted in strategic positions within the jaw. A flexible, custom-made oral prosthesis, fitted with an entire arch of natural-looking new teeth, is then anchored securely to the posts. Because of their unique angled placement, the implants do not interfere with the maxillary sinus or mandibular nerve; this positioning has been shown to result in improved patient comfort and general maxillofacial health.

Removable Dentures

In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, you must have good oral health and adequate bone structure. If you don’t meet the criteria, don’t worry, mini dental implants are often a good option for patients who can’t withstand conventional implant surgery or who don’t have enough bone to allow for full sized implants. In many cases, mini dental implants can be placed in one day and your denture secured that same day. The surgery is minimally invasive, and there are no sutures, so healing time is much shorter than with traditional implants.