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Nothing is more frustrating or uncomfortable than a loose fitting complete denture.  There is no other dental prosthesis that can be enhanced by the placement of dental implants. Dental implants improve the support, retention and stability of a full or complete denture.

Implant Retained Dentures, implant supported partial or full dentures stabilize the removable denture in place reducing the slip and movement when speaking or eating.

The concept of implant supported over-dentures is not new, over-dentures originally were used with remaining tooth roots sticking up through the gum to stabilize and retain the denture. Retaining the tooth roots also helps to preserve the jaw bone.

When a tooth or teeth are lost, bone loss also occurs. Over time a toothless jaw battered by a denture has substantial bone loss.  Dental implants, like teeth, conserve jawbone. If possible it is advised that dental implants be placed, as soon as possible, to avoid bone loss.

Dental implants are artificial teeth roots made from titanium screws that are placed in the upper or lower jaw that stabilize the removable denture. Depending on the number and location of the implants, the denture can be completely retained, supported and stabilized by the implants. During an implant procedure, 4 implants can be placed in the upper jaw that could enable the elimination of the palate of a full-denture. Two implants in the lower would make a lower full denture more stable and retentive.

Connecting two or more implants with a bar adds more stability, resulting in more chewing efficiency.

One piece mini-implants can be used as a less expensive option to stabilize a moving denture. The surgical procedure of these mini-implants can be done with minimal conservative techniques

Conservative surgical and prosthetic treatments should always be considered.  A thorough exam both clinically and radiographicly should be preformed.  A cat-scan x-ray of the  jaw could be necessary to determine the quantity and quality of the bone. Using dental implant imaging software (Simplant) the exact location, size and number of implants can be placed. Using this software a surgical stencil can be fabricated to enable a guide that not only creates a minimally invasive procedure but also reduces surgical time.

Future planning can also be considered .Two implants properly placed to support a denture today, could augment future implants should a patient desire a fixed dental bridge at a future date.

In conclusion the advantages of implant over-dentures are improved stability, retention chewing, support, esthetics, speech and comfort

To learn more about Dental Implants and Implant Retained Dentures, visit the Roc Doc.

Chandler Dentist,Kelly Jorn Cook, DDS

Kelly Jorn Cook, DDS

3800 W. Ray Rd, #19

Chandler, AZ 85226


Tooth with dental implantDental implants have become increasingly popular as a dental treatment option.  An implant is a conservative means to replace a missing tooth compared to crown and bridge, as tooth structure on either side of the missing tooth are not disturbed by placement of the implant.  A typical bridge is a custom device anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. When replacing a lost tooth with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared as crowns to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic (replacement) tooth in place; therefore, an implant is not only more conservative treatment, but may be less expensive than a traditional crown and bridge. This is because the adjacent teeth will not be included in the treatment.

A dental implant is a titianium “root” replacement for a tooth.  The implant anchors the tooth through the gum tissue to the jawbone.  A small titanium implant is surgically placed under the gum and into the bone; the implant then fuses to the bone and becomes the new and improved site to restore the missing tooth with an abutment and crown.  Once an implant has been placed in the jaw, the bone around the implant needs to heal for six weeks to six months. Once the site has healed, a support post called a healing abutment will be placed on the implant, and eventually a crown will be placed on the abutment which looks and feels like a natural tooth.

One or more implants can be placed at a time, dependent on the specific needs of the patient.  Implants can also be used as an effective means to secure dentures and prevent further bone loss suffered by many patients with dentures.  There are two types of implants; the most commonly used is endosteal, or in the bone, which includes screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone, and is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or dentures. The other type is subperiosteal, or on the bone.  This type is also know as a “mini-implant”, which is placed on top of the jaw with the posts of the metal framework protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis and are used for patients who are unable to wear typical dentures and who have minimal bone height.  Candidates for dental implants are in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in the jaw is required to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.

For more information see: Chandler implant retained dentures and Chandler dental implants

Chandler Dentist,Kelly Jorn Cook, DDS

Kelly Jorn Cook, DDS
3800 W. Ray Rd, #19
Chandler, AZ 85226

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Lying back and being asked to open your mouth while someone pokes and prods with instruments is certainly awkward, thus I try to make this process as painless and as comfortable as possible. I offer sedation dentistry medication, which requires a patient to arrange for transportation to and from their dental appointment, and I make a point to talk about and recognize their fears in a rational and tangible manner. They are not alone and should not feel shame about having such anxiety and fear. Needles and drills are frightening based on the sight and sound of them alone to many people, especially with a near strange placing them in your mouth, which is why many patients with dental phobia wear head phones and sunglasses while receiving treatment at my office.

Developments in dental technology and practices now allow for less painful and more efficient means of treatment, but many still have fear from the days of old. I try to deliver my patient’s ideal dental experience.  I do this by asking what they expect from me with regards to addressing their concerns and what the best means for us to accomplish this together with them as a team.

I encourage my patients to keep an open mind, and let them know that I respect their fears and the reality of their anxiety.  This is an important dialogue that allows my patients to voice their fears, and grants me insight into how best to prove to them the dentist does not have to be a dreaded experience and that we can work together to make a their biannual visit an important and integral part of their overall health.

why the doc rocks

Why This Doc Chose to Rock

In the face of the increasingly prevalent dental “salon and spas,” I am often asked why I have a rock and roll dental practice.  First, it’s what I love.  It’s who I am.  I love music – live music, local music, the music in my head – I love how it brings people from all walks of life to the same playing field.  I find more of my patients feel at ease in the presence of album covers, signed guitars and classic rock, then Feng Shui furniture arrangements, fake grass plants, waterfalls and classical music.  Instead of trying to be someone I am not, I have found that I can put what I love and what I do into one big ball of hairy fun for my patients and employees to enjoy.  You would be surprised how often people participate – patients constantly bring me CDs they have made, suggestions on music to play and bands they want me to check out or think I would enjoy (even 80 year-old women).  Not only do I love this interaction, it gives me a little more insight into who my patients are, which makes me better at connecting with their needs, in turn making me a better dentist.  I can connect with them easily since we are coming from a common place, instead of immediately inundating them with the dental jargon to which they have become accustom and defensive, like treatments for tooth numbers and various surfaces.  While the jargon is necessary, we like to bring the dentistry to you while whistling some Pink Floyd and giving you guitar picks with the typical to-go toothbrush.  Don’t misunderstand, we take dentistry very seriously here; it’s a balance.  It’s the real deal.  We take pride in what we do and we like to learn how to make your time here better, as that time is as valuable to us as it is to our patients.  We just don’t take ourselves too seriously.  I simply like to be straight up; and luckily music paves the way.  One of my favorite patients wrote this if this gives you an idea of how my patients roll:

“I have been a patient of Dr. Cook’s–“The Doc That Rocks”–for more years than I care to remember. In fact, I was just in yesterday and I over-heard the words LET IT BLEED when I walked in. If you’re not a regular patient those words would send shivers down your spine–but in Dr. Cook’s practice those words come from the many overhead speakers throughout the office. You see, Dr. Cook is a music lover and those were the lyrics to the Rolling Stones’ song LET IT BLEED. In fact, if you were expecting PAIN you came to the wrong dental office. You’re more likely to hear Tom Jones sing AFTER THE TEARS over the speakers before you hear them spoken by a patient; and yes, that’s the Rolling Stones singing TOO MUCH BLOOD–not anything said by the dental hygienist. It’s very possible that the words IT’S ALL OVER NOW can be said at the same time by Dr. Cook as the Rolling Stones sing the same words from the song lyrics. Take some advice from a guy who gets “woozy” by just getting a haircut: The next time you need dental work or professional teeth cleaning–sorry, Uncle Clem: tooth cleaning–stop by the dental office of Dr. Cook and listen to some great tunes. You might as well be entertained while you have your dental needs attended to. And when you leave, it’s very possible that their courteous staff will send you off with BOTH the words “Keep on smiling” while Tom Jones sings the lyrics to the song KEEP ON SMILING.”

That’s awesome; my patients rock it hard.  Therefore, I try to be myself, because that’s what I am best at – in addition to dentistry, of course.  Luckily over the years my patients seem to have liked the laugh better than the lab coat.  It’s been rewarding on many levels, whether patients have become cherished personal friends, I have made someone really love their own smile or I have eliminated the fear of pain from dreaded dental visits.  So, instead of a waterfall patients get Ms. Pacman and Golden Tee, and instead of scrubs tops my hygienist and assistants wear rock and roll t-shirts.  Today my front office administrator has a Kiss shirt on, my hygienist a Bob Marley shirt and my dental assistants are sporting some Rolling Stones and Johnny Cash.  I like them to be themselves, too; it’s what makes my practice what it is – an awesome place to work and play hard and listen to great music while we give and our patients get great dental care.  Not to mention we usually manage to have a few laughs somewhere between getting you clean, numb or paying the bill.  The dentist is a very scary place to a lot of folks; we try to distract you, put you at ease and make you feel like you’re going someplace to hang out rather than the dental spa, while at the same time giving your choppers the topnotch services.  Besides, if you really want to go to the spa, tell us and we will send you; don’t waste your money on it while at the dentist.  But just in case there are a few non-believers, we’re also stocked with fresh white towels and bottles of water (and someone in the complex might have some Enya and we will provide the CD player).