Implant Supported Dentures
For decades, dentures have been the primary treatment for patients who have lost or had entire upper or lower sets of teeth removed due to decay, illness, or injury.
While dentures have proven to be effective, they also have some limitations and dental experts have been working to reduce these and create an improved solution.
This has arrived in the form of implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures combine the health benefits of dental implants with the aesthetic restoration of dentures, making them a cost-effective way of restoring your smile.
How do implant-supported dentures work?
Conventional dentures rest on the top of the gums and are held in place using a suction or a special adhesive paste.
An implant-supported denture is snapped firmly onto the implants using special attachments, making it much more secure than traditional dentures. This is particularly true for teeth on the lower jaw, which are more likely to come into contact with, and be disrupted by, the tongue.
The prosthetic teeth used in your denture can be color-matched to any existing teeth so you can sure that your new smile will look natural and beautiful.
Types of implant-supported denturesThere are two main types of implant-supported dentures.
Bar-attachment denturesIn bar-attachment dentures, between two and five titanium implants are positioned in your jawbone. These are then attached to a thin, metal bar that follows the natural curve of your jaw. The denture fits over the top of the bar and is held firmly in place using special attachment fixtures.
This style is sometimes referred to as stud-attachment dentures. This style of dentures sees each implant in the jawbone fitted with a metal, usually ball-shaped attachment. This then fits into another attachment on the denture, locking the two together.
Benefits of implant-supported denturesImplant-supported dentures combine the strength and security of dental implants with a removable device. Key benefits include:
- They are extremely secure, preventing any noticeable and potentially embarrassing slips.
- They are comfortable to wear and don’t rub and make the gum sore like conventional dentures.
- There is no need for adhesives or pastes.
- The implanted posts help to preserve the bone in your jaw, which also maintains your facial structures.
- The dentures also support the lip, balancing the appearance of the mouth and minimizing wrinkles.
- You can avoid the need for expensive bridgework.
What to expect during your treatment
The process to receive implant-supported dentures usually requires two separate appointments. During the first, the implants are positioned in the jaw bone, where they will begin to adhere to the jawbone, creating a strong anchor for your dentures. You will be given a temporary denture to wear while this process, known as osseointegration, takes place.
During the second appointment, which normally takes place 12-16 weeks later, the tops of the implants will be exposed so that the denture can be fitted in place. We will show you how to remove the denture when you want to clean it or go to sleep.
Whether you currently wear dentures and are less that satisfied by the way they look, feel or fit, or if you are looking at a solution for missing teeth for the very first time, implant-supported dentures could be the solution that you are looking for.
At the SD Dental Implants, we are committed to delivering exceptional dentistry and patient care every time you visit us. If you would like to know more about how implant-supported dentures could transform the function of your teeth, or you would like to schedule an appointment with our team of friendly, experienced professionals, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us today at 858-295-1600.