Find Out How to Do More With Fewer Implants
A really good service that we’ve done on some patients is, they have a lower denture and they say, “I can’t wear it.” So what we’ll do is we’ll put an implant on at each site where the canines used to be, and we’ll put an attachment, or an abutment on that, and then attach them to the denture. They can just click it in place. That works pretty well. That’s a real simple, real nice service for the patients. The thing is, though, you still have the denture, so it can flip. It’ll move a little bit in back but didn’t, like, come out.
A better, higher service would be to do more implants, and you can do it where you can put attachments in the denture again, and still click it into place, where the patient can actually still take it out and clean around the appliance. That’s nice because just being, you got this ability to clean.
Another thing to do would be to put implants in and actually have a prosthetic that actually screws to those implants. It stays in place, it’s solid. You can eat about anything you want with that kind of thing.
In fact, I had a patient, I remember one of the first things we had done, the patient said, “I’ve got dentures, I can’t wear this. Can you do anything for me?” I said, “Sure,” so we worked him up. We did four implants on him and we put that … we do what’s called a provisional or a temporary prosthetic in first ’cause you need that while the patient’s healing. We put that in, he said, “You know, I went out, I got a Philly cheese steak.” He said, “That’s the first time I’ve had one of those things in a while.” I go, “Wow, okay. That’s pretty cool.” But that’s what’s nice about those. I mean, they’re locked in and they’re pretty solid.