Implant-Supported Dentures -
Dentures can be problematic when the part of the jaw bone that
supported teeth atrophies under a denture. Upper dentures can
cause gagging problems. Muscles of the lips, cheeks, tongue and
floor of the mouth attach to the sides of the jaws. Dentures can
"trip" when they compete for position with these muscles. For
these, and many other reasons, patients who must have a denture
appreciate support and anchorage from implants. We use special
"precision attachment" systems with implants that allow a denture to
snap in to place, where it is anchored until you want it to come loose
for cleaning. Implants can also help to maintain bone height
under a denture.
Some patients do not have enough bone height or width to receive
conventional implants. We offer "mini-implants" that are small
enough to fit where conventional implants will not. These
implants are approved by the FDA for immediate loading, which means
they can be used under an existing denture to provide anchorage the
same day they are placed. These are also the most affordable
implants - we can often place a set of four mini-implants to anchor an
existing denture for less than $2000!
We provide comprehensive implant care in our
office. Dr. Collins has completed exhaustive continuing education in
implant care. He co-directed the AAID Implant Maxi-Course at OHSU, a
27-day program that covered every implant topic in depth. We
perform a very thorough work-up for every case, and every patient is
given choices for implant care and alternatives. We design every case
from the ground up. Implant
dentistry is a prosthetic (restorative) discipline with a surgical component.
Dr. Collins began placing his own implants in 1986, so he could ensure
that the implants are well suited to support restorations like
dentures, crowns, or bridges.
Dr. Collins graduated from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1978. In
addition to caring for patients in private practice, he has enjoyed lecturing
and contributing to dental journals. In 1995 he co-directed the AAID Implant
Maxi-Course at OHSU.
The information provided on this site is to help
educate patients, and is not intended as a guide for self-diagnosis or
treatment. Please rely on your dentist for diagnosis and treatment of oral