Implant Supported Dentures
Offering increased stability and functionality,Implant-Supported Denturesare a suitable solution for those that do not have teeth in the jaw, yet do have enough bone inside the jaw to support dental implants. While implant-supported dentures can be designed for both the upper and lower jaw, they are particularly made for the lower jaw, as traditional dentures tend to be less stable there. Even so, because implant-supported dentures are retained entirely by implants, patients may speak with freedom and need not worry about their denture becoming loose or falling out, as reported by Colgate. To learn more about the types of implant-supported dentures and the process involved, continue reading below.
Requiring at least two dental implants for adequate support, implant-supported dentures are bar-retained or ball-retained. In the case of bar-retained dentures, the denture fits over a thin metal bar that is aligned with the exact shape of the patient’s jaw. The denture snaps into place through a special clip or attachment. On the other hand, a ball-retained denture contains an attachment that fits precisely into another attachment on the implants. While the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped, the attachments on the denture are socket-shaped.
For individuals looking into the possibility of implant-supported dentures, it’s important to understand that there’s no standard timeframe in which the process is completed. Thus, while obtaining implant-supported dentures usually requires two surgeries, some patients need bone grafting or other procedures prior to their first surgery (placing the dental implants). In these cases, the process will take longer. Yet, with continued advancements in implant dentistry, a one-step procedure where implants and the bar are placed at one time is becoming an option in some cases.
How Does The Process Begin?
In a comprehensive evaluation, your dentist or prosthodontist will carefully review your medical and dental history. In addition, x-rays, dental impressions or perhaps a CT scan will be performed. The CT scan reveals several important factors such as the amount of bone available and the exact location of pertinent nerves and sinuses, which helps in the placement of the dental implants.
Superior, Patient-Centered Care
At Bayshore Dental Center, you’ll discover superior, patient-centered dental care led by Dr. O. Sheehy, DDS. With extensive artistry and skill in implant dentistry and restorations, Dr. Sheehy invites you to call today if you are interested in implant-supported dentures for yourself or a loved one. You can be sure—you’ll have the information needed to make informed decisions regarding the future of your oral health and smile.
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