Everyone who wears dentures or who has just observed people who do have them know them is aware of the problems these cause. Dentures can slip, and at times, especially the lower dentures can actually “float” in the mouth, causing difficulty talking, chewing or even smiling naturally. Denture stabilization is a process the helps to prevent these issues.

What Makes Dentures Slip?

Despite the fact that an adhesive is used the dentures are placed over the jaw. It is natural for the bone to shrink after the loss of natural teeth. The bone in the jaw no longer has the same stimulation of chewing with dentures. This loss of bone can be very small, but nevertheless no matter how well dentures initially fit some slipping becomes normal over time. This can make eating certain foods or speaking difficult. Even if the slip is small it can cause a lisp. While eating the slipping can pinch or irritate the gum.

What Are Denture-Retention Implants?

In dental stabilization retention implants also referred to as mini dental implants are used to provide a better fit for the dentures. Mini titanium posts are implanted in the jaw. These posts form a system that acts much like the natural roots of teeth. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball. The retaining fixture will then act like a socket. The dentures are then fitted with retaining fixture. Once the denture retaining fixture and socket are connected this anchors the dentures to the jaw. The denture is then held in place firmly without the use of a paste or adhesive. For most denture wearers the healing time is only a few days. After the initial healing is completed the bone will heal around the titanium posts. The bone and posts fuse together during this natural healing process. The fusion of bone and post takes as little as six months, and afterward the stability of the denture is immediately apparent. Routine dental care, such as brushing the posts is required.

How Can Denture Stabilization Help?

Securing dentures to the jaw is possible through denture stabilization. This procedure will anchor the dentures more securely. This makes slips less of a possibility, and allows the denture wearer an easier time chewing foods. This is especially true for those who wear lower dentures. The utilization and function of the denture are then closer to that of natural teeth. It’s possible to eat and speak with greater confidence. Since the bone has more stimulation, there’s less shrinking of the bone. The use of adhesives or pastes is usually no longer necessary. The cost of this type of procedure is more than standard dentures, but less than having traditional dental implant surgery.

How Long Has Denture Stabilization Been Available?

Dental stabilization has been in use in the U.S. and Canada since 2002. For denture wearers today this means the process has been proven successful, and enhancements are being made all the time to ensure a better fit.


The idea of a surgical procedure isn’t appealing to anyone. Often, procedures such as dental implants are necessary to ensure the health and appearance of someone who has damaged or missing teeth. Before dental implants an oral surgeon or dentist will need to evaluate the condition of the jaw and the surrounding teeth. After surgery the dentist and patient will work together to ensure that healing of the implant takes place as it should.

What is Dental Implant Surgery?

When oral surgery is necessary to replace lost or missing teeth the implant is placed at the root level. Metal, screw-like posts take the place of roots. These are functionally a when the prosthetic tooth is added they closely resemble natural teeth. The implant that unites with the bone is not visible when the replacement tooth is added. The ability to have the surgery depends on the health of the jaw. At times it might be necessary to have a bone graft in order to prepare the jaw for implant surgery. The benefit of those having the surgery is that once the bone heals tightly around the implant it has the stability to allow eating normally.

How to Prepare for Dental Implant Surgery

Oral surgery for dental implants will require some preparation. The person having the implant will need to have a comprehensive dental exam. This can involve X-rays, and models taken of the teeth. It can also involve having a computer mode made of the teeth and jaw in order to see how the measurements and strength of the bone. What emerges from the evaluation is a treatment plan tailored to meet the needs of the person needing the surgery. This might been bone grafts, or other types of preparation, but in most cases this need is minimal. It’s important during this process to tell the dentist or oral surgery about any conditions affecting the health such as heart problems, diabetes, or other issues that can affect the healing process. Immediately before the surgery a surgeon or health team will give instructions regarding eating and drinking. These instructions will vary depending on the general anesthesia needed for the oral surgery. If general anesthesia is used, it will be necessary to plan ahead and have someone to drive the patient home, and this individual should plan to rest for the remainder of the day.

What to Expect During Surgery

During the oral surgery for an implant the damage tooth is removed. The jawbone is then prepared for surgery. The damaged tooth or any remaining roots will be removed. A hole is drilled into the jaw and then the dental implant is placed. During the surgery depending on the need of the patient anesthesia is often used.

After Surgery

After the surgery is completed, the patient will need two or three days of healing. There is often swelling which can be reduced with the use of ice packs. The gum and jaw will be sore for several days. It can take up to six months for the bone and transplant to fuse.


What concerns most people who have teeth that are damaged or missing is finding replacements that look natural. The second concern is commonly hoping to find replacements that allow them to eat the foods they love without discomfort, and without damaging the tooth replacement. Those who opt for an ‘All-on-4’ full arch restoration affixed to dental implants find they can bite with increased force, and that this permanent replacement greatly resembles their natural teeth.

The Benefits of ‘All-On-4’ Dental Implants

This dental implant covers the concerns most people have regarding having a tooth replacement. These look much like the natural teeth. These teeth also restore the facial features in filling out the hollows caused by the missing teeth and loss of bone. As with all implants this type helps to prevent bone deterioration. Since these are permanent implants, it’s unnecessary to use bridges or adhesives to keep them in place. With a bridge, it’s necessary to grind down surrounding teeth, but with this implant grinding and affixing supporting framework is not necessary. Bridges and dentures can be uncomfortable as they often press down on the gums, but this implant has fused to the bone so there’s no effect on the gums. Because these are implanted in the bone there’s less risk of damaging the implant while eating. An ‘All-On-4’ Full arch restoration secured to dental implants allows for a bite of up to 70% increased force over other replacement types. This means eating most favorite foods is possible.

How Does this Implant Differ From Others?

‘All-on-4’ dental implants call for four implants per arch. Most implants will use six to eight implants per arch. These implants can be placed at an angle, allowing for better contact and support from the bone. In many traditional implant procedures, there is a need for bone grafting to stabilize the implant. The ‘All-on-4’ process does not require bone grafting for most of those who need an implant. This makes the procedure more cost effective, faster, and causes less discomfort than other types of implants.

Who Can Have ‘All-on-4’ Implants?

This type of implant surgery usually takes less than three hours. Anyone in good health who either already wears dentures, or might need them is a possible candidate for ‘All-on-4’ implants. These implants works for both lower and/or upper teeth (ie; full upper arch and/or full lower arch).  After surgery the bone and gums will take time to heal, so often it is necessary to wait after the implant process before the teeth are placed. The success rate for this procedure is known to be 98%. It is important for the person having the implant to perform routine care of the teeth including, brushing and cleaning the teeth.

Can the Implants be removed?

As with any implant after the surgery the implant will fuse to the bone. This creates a better stability for the tooth so chewing is natural. Once fused the implant will be much like a tooth’s root. It is possible for an oral surgeon or experienced dentist to remove the tooth to either clean or correct it, but the implant would require surgery to remove.



Dental implants are a method of replacing lost or damaged teeth. When a tooth is missing or too damaged it can cause health issues, and a loss of self-esteem. There are a number of ways to replace this tooth, but the use of tooth implants is becoming more popular. An implanted tooth replacement is stable, and resembles the natural teeth to the point, no one seeing the tooth would notice it’s a replacement. There are two types of dental implants, and several different materials used to create these replacement teeth.


The subperiosteal dental implant surgery will place the framework for the posts through the gum to hold the implanted tooth stable. The metal framework for the tooth is not visible and the result will look natural. This is frequently viewed as the best procedure for those with minimal bone height.


The endosteal procedure places the implant in the bone. This is type of procedure is possible for those who have good bone mass in the area of the missing tooth, or who have had a bone graft. The framework for the implant is placed inside the jawbone where it can hold the prosthetic tooth or teeth stable. For those looking at alternatives to a bridge or removal dentures this is viewed as among the best options among the types of dental implants as several teeth in a row can be replaced through this procedure.

What is a Two-Stage Implant?

The two-stage implant is among the most commonly used methods for the sake of keeping the new teeth stable. In this procedure the implant is placed in the jawbone so that’s flush with the bone under the gum. The tissue of the gum is then closed with stitches protecting the implant while the bone heals and unites with the implant. After healing, the bone and implant will have naturally fused together. A second minor procedure, then uncovers the implant and the prosthetic tooth is placed in the implant.

Single-Stage Implants

The single stage implant places a longer one-piece implant through gum after the framework is placed in the jawbone. The implant will protrude through the gum and after healing the prosthetic tooth is added. When the tooth is added the framework of the implant is hidden. This procedure is faster in that in some cases the new tooth can be placed very soon after the initial procedure. Extra care must be taken when chewing until full healing of the area takes place, and the implant and bone fuse together.

Immediate Loading

For those with healthy gums and bone immediate loading of the new tooth can take place on the same day as the implant. Typically this is only done when there’s a minimal bone loss.

What Are the Materials Used for Implants?

Most types of dental implants are made from titanium. This is a hard metal that’s known for its resistance and endurance. At times other metals might be used that fuse with bone easily.


Whenever there’s lost or damaged teeth, there’s a possibility of bone loss. At times, even when the tooth is still in place the bone can become soft or lose width and height. In these cases, it’s possible that when looking into dental implant surgery the recommendations will include a bone graft. In all situations involving a tooth implant it’s necessary to prepare the jawbone first. When the jaw lacks thickness or is too soft the need for grafting will be a part of this preparation.

Why Is a Graft Necessary?

Loss of bone is not unusual in the case of tooth loss. When a tooth becomes unstable or the tooth is lost, the bone is no longer stimulated through the act of chewing. The bone is usually still healthy, but it can lose enough mass that supporting a dental implant would be difficult. This is the reason a dentist will check the bone first during an examination to determine how the procedure can be done safely and effectively.

What is a Bone Graft?

When the jaw is too soft or not thick enough to support an implant properly the dentist will propose doing a bone graft in order to prepare the area for the new tooth. This graft will then create a solid base for the implant. A piece of bone will be removed from another area of the jaw or another part of the body to support the implant. Some people will need only a small bone graft, and this can sometimes be accomplished at the same time as the implant surgery. The type of grafting that will be done is determined by the condition of the jaw, and the dentist performing the surgery can explain all the specific reasons a graft is needed in a certain area of the jaw.

How Will the Bone Graft Work?

When the surgery takes place the oral surgeon will make a cut to open the gum. This exposes the bone and holes are drilled in the areas where the dental implant will be placed. In order for the implant to remain stable for years, it must be deeply implanted into the bone. The graft of bone to stabilize this area will take place either some time before this surgery, or on the same time before this drilling takes place. The graft will strengthen this area to the degree necessary to keep the implant stable.

Is Bone Growth Important?

Bone growth will take place after the implant. This is a natural process. Osseointegration is the process in which the bone will grow around the implant uniting with it. The graft will also unite with the other bone and implant creating a stable area where the new dental implant will be placed. Healing in this area takes only a few days, but the entire process of the bone growth can take up to six months. This will create a solid base for the implant just as the natural root supports a tooth.


The loss of natural teeth can occur for a number of reasons. While age is a factor for many people, accidents, medications, and smoking can also contribute to the loss of teeth. Deciding which course of action will work best to replace missing teeth is often a matter of lifestyle, comfort and expense. This is a decision no one should put off any longer than necessary. The loss of teeth can have a dramatic effect on self-esteem. Teeth also perform an important function as the ability to eat healthy and nutritious foods depends on them. In looking at what options are available to replace missing teeth, it’s important to consider not only the appearance of the teeth, but also the stability and comfort of the replacements.

The Issues of Drifting and Bone Loss

One of the reasons not to delay too long in making decisions is drifting. With the loss of two teeth in a row of an individual’s mouth the neighboring teeth can drift or lean into the vacant place. This will make a later replacement more difficult. When teeth are missing from the jaw the supporting bone tends to shrink. Without the stimulation of the teeth the bone will lose height and width. Bone loss can also make replacing teeth more of a problem.

Fixed Bridges

When two or more teeth are missing from a segment, but the surrounding teeth are healthy, a bridge is a possibility. The surrounding teeth must be healthy and stable enough to support the bridge. These healthy teeth near the area of loss are prepared for the bridge by reducing their size and the prosthetic teeth are then suspended from these healthy teeth. This gives the individual a better cosmetic appearance as the prosthetic teeth are designed to match the natural teeth. In most cases as long as there is no change with the natural teeth supporting the bridge the prosthetic will also function well when chewing most foods. It is often necessary after a bridge replacement to avoid very hard or sticky foods that could damage the bridge.

Traditional Full and Partial Dentures

When several missing teeth or all of the teeth in a segment have become unstable then removable partial or full dentures are an option. Dentures are also designed to match the natural appearance of teeth, and with the use of adhesives, these can be stabilized enough to eat most foods. The drawbacks with full dentures is that slipping are pinching of the gum often occurs. Some people who use dentures also report problems with speaking.

Crown (ie; the part of the tooth you can see) on an Implant

The manufactured tooth crown which is fixed (ie; non-removable) on to the dental implant will replace the missing tooth at the root. This will provide the strongest and most stable replacement. As the crown-on-implant also matches the surrounding natural teeth, it is also a good cosmetic alternative. Because of the stability few people who have implants have to change diet, and seldom report issues with speech. As this is a surgical procedure, there is typically some discomfort for a few days after an implant.


It’s a common question, and a logical one. If OHIP did cover tooth implant cost, it would in the long run save costs as this procedure has a high success rate and very rarely is does an implanted tooth need replacement. Compared to dentures which are typically not as effective, not as suitable for the health of the gums or the jaw, and which often need the replacement, implants are often the most cost effective choice.
OHIP’s lack of coverage of dental care is disappointing to those who understand that dental surgery is more than just a cosmetic choice. Damaged, missing, or loose teeth affect the way a person chews, and this in turn can affect their diet, and digestion. Unfortunately the OHIP only covers dental surgery performed in a hospital. Those services provided in a dentist’s office or clinic are not normally covered. There are ways however to have this procedure without coverage.

Know About the Procedure in Advance

Having an evaluation to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure is the first step to having permanent corrections made. Most healthy people will have no problems with teeth implants, but those who have diabetes, heart problems, and those who smoke should have let the oral surgeon know about these issues. The dentist who will perform the tooth implant can explain the procedures to follow and recommended the number of implants that are possible.

Understand the Total Cost of the Procedure

The total cost of the procedure can also be explained by the dentist office after you know the extent of implanting you will need. Include in this cost the time you might need to take off work. When you have this information it’s time to build a plan for the teeth implants that can help to improve your appearance and your health.

Finding a Payment Method

While saving up for any procedure is always a possibility for most people the time involved in saving up is an issue. One possibility is to use credit cards or a loan in order to pay for the procedure quickly. Personal loans can often cover the cost of teeth implants, but it is necessary to shop around for the lowest possible interest rate.

Setting Up a Payment Plan

Another possibility regarding payment for the procedure is to ask the dental office if a payment plan is offered. At times a dental office will allow for instalment payments or might work with a loan office directly in order to ensure patients can have the care they need.

Thoughts to Keep in Mind

After the jaw has healed the implanted teeth will be as stable as natural teeth. Just as with natural teeth, it’s necessary to perform routine dental care. You will need to brush and floss the implants just as you did your natural teeth. It will also be necessary to have regular checkups for cleaning and to have the implant check for stability. Most people with implants never need replacements if sufficient care is taken of the implant.


Getting dental implants offers many benefits, but in order to have a successful tooth implant it’s necessary to follow care instructions. A tooth implant will take time to heal, and routine oral care is necessary for the implant to keep its appearance and usefulness. Typically, those who have tried dentures find the care of implants closer to the same routine they followed with their natural teeth.

Giving Implants Time to Heal

As with any type of oral surgery, the individual having the procedure should expect a short period of healing. These times vary depending on the condition of the individual’s jaw, but frequently complete healing requires as little as four months for the bone to heal. Some bone attachments using titanium can have shorter healing times. Depending on the type of procedure the prosthetic is either loaded on the same day, or after a short healing time for the bone implant.

Caring for Implants Immediately after the Procedure

Until the local anesthetic has worn off those returning home after the procedure should be careful when eating hot food or drinking hot beverages. The anesthetic can mask the true effect of the heat on the mouth and it’s possible to burn the gums or mouth without being aware of it. The area around the implant shouldn’t be touched or disturbed. While it’s tempting to probe the area with the tongue this movement can prolong the healing process. Those recovering from immediate oral surgery of this type should avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours.

Caring for Swelling

Most people do not find the pain from implants to be hard to cope with for a few days. The soreness is usually managed with analgesics and rest. For the two or three days after an implant there is frequently some swelling. This is normal and will subside as the jaw accepts the implant. It’s possible to reduce the swelling with ice packs held against the cheek area for 10 minutes with a 20 minute break helps to relieve the discomfort. After the first 24 hours many people find a gentle heat works best. It’s usually advised to sleep propped up on pillows or a comforter for a few nights until the discomfort subsides. If the pain doesn’t subside after a few days, then calling the clinic for advice is recommended.

Do Implants Change Appearance or Speech?

Implants look and feel like normal teeth. As these have fused to the bone of the jaw these are stable so they don’t move around. In appearance few people seeing someone with implants, smile, or chew will detect these are not natural teeth. Because these are permanently fused to the jaw, speech is normal and natural. Unlike dentures these do not slip and with the out the gaps that can occur either with missing teeth or damaged teeth an individual’s speech sounds normal.

Routine Care for Implants

After the tooth implant it’s natural to want the appearance and usability of the tooth to last. Most implants do not need to be replaced if proper care is taken. While the tooth implant will not get cavities it is necessary to keep the tooth and surrounding tissues healthy through brushing and flossing. A dentist or dental hygienist can help with instructions on keeping the tooth looking natural. The implant will need routine dental checkups and cleaning at the dentist’s office just as with natural teeth. A dentist can also evaluate the tooth and surrounding gum tissue to ensure its continued stability.


Teeth are often a neglected aspect of health care, but having loose or missing teeth can pose a risk. Many people think of dental problems only as a cosmetic issue, but teeth are important more than self-esteem. Problems at the gum level can make eating and chewing difficult. Digestion is often a problem even for those who use some types of dentures. For many who have these difficulties, dental implants are a possibility.

Who Has the Most Success with Dental Implants?

Almost anyone in good health can opt for a dental implant procedure. In most cases, if the gums are healthy having dental implants could be the best option. Those individuals who have chronic health problems, and anyone who smokes heavily should speak to an oral surgeon before considering implants. Often, having a health issue doesn’t rule out the possibility of implants, but having a personal evaluation can help to identify if there any potential risks.

Are Dental Implants Usually Successful?

Dental implant procedures have a high rate of success. Rates of success depend on the place in the jaw where the implant is placed. Another element success depends on is the care the individual having the procedure is willing to take. As with genuine teeth there is a need for routine dental care, and regular visits to check on the status of the implants. With this type of care most patients find these new teeth can last a lifetime.

Are Implants a Healthy Alternative?

Typically, most who compare having dentures to implants find their oral health is improved with dental implants. Those who use dentures often have to have other teeth reduced to support a bridge. With implants, existing teeth are left intact. Access between the teeth is easier, so for those with implants flossing and brushing is easier. Since many denture wearers complain of sliding and slipping dentures pinching or causing the serious pain while eating implants can offer an improvement on removable dentures.

Do Implants Change Appearance or Speech?

Implants look and feel like normal teeth. As these have fused to the bone of the jaw these are stable so they don’t move around. In appearance few people seeing someone with implants, smile, or chew will detect these are not natural teeth. Because these are permanently fused to the jaw, speech is normal and natural. Unlike dentures these do not slip and with the out the gaps that can occur either with missing teeth or damaged teeth an individual’s speech sounds normal.

Questions About Coverage

Most medical and dental plans do not cover implant procedures. Some medical or dental plans will cover some costs under causes such as tooth loss. Going over a policy and asking detailed questions is the best way to ascertain whether or not this type of dental care is covered.

Caring for Dental Implants

Regular check-ups, and normal brushing as well as flossing are necessary with implants. Care of the gums is also an important aspect of maintaining the health of the jaw’s tissue and bone.