Implant supported dentures differ from regular dentures as they do not rest on the gums but are inserted onto the gums and are anchored to the mouth. These types of dentures are utilized when a patient does not have enough teeth in the jaw but does have sufficient bone in the jaw to make fitting an implant possible. An implant supported denture has special attachments that fit into the implants located inside the gums. These attachments snap onto the implant to make a perfect fit and give you a beautiful, natural smile.
Implant supported dentures are generally utilized for the lower jaw as regular dentures are stable on the upper jaw and do not need the additional support that the implants provide. But, implant supported dentures can be inserted into either the upper or the lower jaw.
How do Implant supported dentures work?
Implant supported dentures are of two types – bar-retained and ball-retained. In either case, the dentures are made with an acrylic base resembling the natural gums and teeth. Both types require at least two implants for attachment.
Bar-retained implants utilize a thin metal bar, resembling the shape of the gum, which has 3 to 4 implants placed at equal distances. These implants have special attachments such as clips on them, which are used to attach the denture onto the bar. These attachments could also be present on the denture or on both the denture as well as the implants.
These types of dentures have individual implants inserted into the gums which are not connected to a bar. They consist of 4-5 ball shaped or stud-shaped implants which house the attachment required for the denture to be clasped firmly onto the implant.
The process of dental implantation
The implants are usually placed in the lower jaw due to the higher density of bone and fewer nerves in the lower jaw making it ideal for an implant.
At Heritage Oak Dental, an initial consultation will help identify the spots where implants need to be placed and the type of implants to be used. Following this consultation, the first surgery will be commenced, which involves placing the implants into the gums. Over the next few months, these implants are allowed to bond with the bone and to strengthen the bond. While this bonding stage is in progress, temporary teeth can be worn over the implants to assist in routine dental activities.
After the bonding process is complete, the upper surface of the implants will be uncovered to reveal the existing attachments or new attachments will be added. Then, your Heritage Oak dentist will attach the dentures onto the implant to finish off the process. Implantation can also be a one-step process depending on the patient’s needs. Your dentist will help you choose the right kind of implantation process for your individual needs.
Implant supported dentures function like natural teeth and look like it too. With Implant supported dentures, like all dentures, you need to be diligent about your oral hygiene and dental care. Heritage Oak Dental recommends removal of implant supported dentures daily to clean the gum area. If your teeth are causing you pain and don’t serve their function well, it is time to upgrade to the next best thing – Implant supported dentures. Don’t let anything get in the way of the million dollar smile!