The Palateless Denture Difference
A palate-less denture can improve your experience with dentures and your quality of life thanks to dental implants.
A palate-less denture stabilized with dental implants has several advantages worth considering:
It's secure and feels more like the teeth you were born with.
The open palate enhances your taste and enjoyment food.
It’s more comfortable than traditional dentures.
The implants stimulate your jawbone and help prevent shrinkage that normally occurs when all of your teeth are missing.
What Is a Palate-less Denture?
A palateless denture is arch shaped, like a horse shoe. It's designed for when all of your upper teeth are missing. Unlike traditional dentures, it doesn't cover the roof of your mouth. The base of it's made with metal rings that snap onto dental implants or can be permanently fixed.
What’s the Process?
Impressions of your upper and lower arch are taken to ensure the denture fits correctly and that your bite is perfectly aligned.
Dental implant placement – After Dr. Haygood places the dental implants in your jawbone, time is allowed for them to heal.
Healing period – In three to four months, the implants will fuse to your jawbone providing a solid anchor for your palateless denture. Meanwhile, you can wear a temporary denture that is given to you immediately after your extractions.
Additional impressions – After the healing period, more impressions may be taken to ensure no changes are needed to provide you with an accurate fit.
Permanent dentures – We make your permanent dentures. When they're ready, they'll be snapped onto the dental implants or permanently placed and checked for appearance, bite, and fit.
How Many Dental Implants Are Required?
Two dental implants can be used on the bottom but, more implants will increase the stability of your denture. Four implants are typical for the top
What Can You Expect?
You will be sedated for the procedure.
The surgery will be pain-free, but afterward you'll experience minor discomfort that'll improve with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Implant placement takes about an hour per dental implant.
You’ll be given post-care instructions.
You will be able to resume normal activities the next day.