Here is another in our continuing series of articles about things going on around Rochester. Enjoy!

For Dan Winagle of Rochester, N.Y., who had dental abscesses resulting from years of neglecting dentist visits, partial dentures became an impossibility once specialists at Eastman Dental had to extract his remaining teeth.

According to a release from the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, prosthodontists Eastman Dental placed two dental implants in Winagle’s lower jaw to anchor the bottom denture, a procedure otherwise called all-on-four dental implants.

Many dental experts agree that the all-on-four procedure, which only requires two dental implants in the top and bottom jaws, is perfect for people looking to permanently secure their dentures in place.

“Anyone who has a bottom denture understands the extreme frustration that goes along with it,” Winagle, a partner in financial consulting agency Spafford/Winagle, which specializes in retirement planning, told the Eastman Institute for Oral Health. “You have to be very careful with what foods you eat. I love raspberries and peanuts – but they get under the lower denture and it really irritates the gum. Then you have to go rinse out your dentures…it’s very embarrassing when you’re in public.”

Partial dentures held in place with dental implants allow a permanent solution for patients who have missing teeth, without requiring a separate implant for each prosthetic tooth. The patient doesn’t have to worry about their dentures falling out in front of others, and can eat and speak as they would with their natural teeth.

Best of all, research has found that dental implants will last a lifetime when properly cared for, and have a success rate of more than 98%.

“As we age, our bones shrink. Because of this, bottom dentures won’t fit as well, almost as if they are floating in your mouth,” Dr. Nancy Mouradian, the prosthodontist resident who treated Winagle, explained. “Many patients like Dan have found that implant-supported dentures allow a much better fit and better retention without the expense of full implants and crowns.”