What Are Dental Implant Dentures?
Dental implant dentures are a type of denture that is anchored to the jawbone using dental implants. These dentures are typically used in cases where traditional dentures no longer fit well or are causing discomfort, as well as in cases where there is significant bone loss in the jaw.
Dental implant dentures typically consist of a set of replacement teeth that are mounted on a frame, which is then attached to one or more dental implants that have been placed in the jawbone. Because the implant(s) provide(s) a secure and stable anchor, these dentures do not rely on the soft tissues of the mouth for support, as traditional dentures do. This means that they are less likely to slip or shift, which can be a common problem with traditional dentures.
Types Of Implant Dentures
There are different types of implant dentures, like Bar-Retained Dentures or ball-retained dentures. In a bar-retained denture, a thin metal bar is attached to a series of dental implants that have been placed in the jawbone. The bar follows the contour of the jaw, and the denture is then snapped onto the bar. Ball-Retained dentures have a ball-shaped attachment in the denture which snaps into a matching socket in the implant abutment.
Who Is a Good Candidate For Either A Denture or Partial?
Both a denture and partial are ideal for individuals who are missing teeth. They are beneficial for those who cannot have implants placed or who do not want to have a bridge made. We will examine your teeth to determine if and when a denture may be needed.
We will recommend the appliance based on our own findings and the health of your current teeth.
The Implant Denture Process
The process of getting implant dentures typically requires multiple appointments over several months. It starts with a consultation with a dental surgeon who will evaluate your jawbone density, density of soft tissue, and the number of remaining teeth. Then, the dental implant abutments are placed in your jaw and allowed to heal for several months before the final denture is fabricated.
Overall, implant-supported dentures can provide a more secure and comfortable fit for patients who have difficulty wearing traditional dentures. But it is important to note that, as with any dental procedure, the success of the treatment depends on many factors such as oral hygiene, oral health, and after-care of the implant-supported denture.