Patients missing all of their teeth who may be wearing full dentures make great candidates for dental implants. As any patient who has had dentures for a long period of time will attest, dentures become less and less stable with time. The reason is because of bone loss. The jaws are subject to the rule “form follows function” meaning if there are no teeth the bone is not being loaded. If the bone is not being loaded, the body assumes it is no longer needed and it resorbs/shrinks away. When the bone shrinks away there is less ridge to secure the denture. This is especially noticeable in the lower jaw.
The second way implants can support a denture is through an implant ball attachment. It works in a similar fashion as a trailer hitch where a ball attachment on the implant fits into an O-ring housing.
Dr. David has a wonderful chairside manner, just as his father did when I saw him many years ago. He made me feel very comfortable.
I would highly recommend Dr. Engen and his office staff to anyone whose child was apprehensive about having braces. Other than the high level of professionalism, I appreciate the down-play of cutsie-pie gimmicks for kids. He thoroughly explained everything to us right from the start.
Because of the internet information provided about his background and education, I feel I have a top level, up-to-date professional taking care of me.
State of the art care! I like the “get it right” attitude. After eight years I have not had one negative experience.
Lyle B. (Periodontal patient)
Dr. Engen was great! He explained my diagnosis and the procedure required thoroughly. I was even asked if I liked the colors of paint for the office.
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