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What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Dentures are custom made for patients to help replace missing teeth and can be removed and replaced into the mouth at any time. Although they are very similar in how they are built, implant-supported dentures are a bit different. Both are just as effective at doing their job, however, more people are starting to opt for implant-supported dentures instead of traditional dentures, and here is why.
What are implant-supported dentures?
These dentures are a bit different in that they are considered an ‘over-denture’ and are supported and also attached to dental implants. These dentures are used for replacing missing teeth just like traditional dentures. However, instead of resting on the gums, implant-supported dentures will rest on an implant that is fastened into the jawbone.
Just like regular dentures, they are used when a person does not have any teeth. But, with implant-supported dentures it is important that the person's jawbone is in good enough condition before inserting and fastening the implants into the bone.
Do implant-supported dentures always stay in your mouth?
Just like with regular dentures, it is important that they are cleaned properly. This is completed by removing the dentures out of the mouth and cleaning in the appropriate solution and techniques that your dentist will go over with you when first getting your dentures.
How do implant-supported dentures work?
There are two types of implant-supported-dentures that a dentist will mention. One is the bar-retained denture, and the other is the ball-retained denture. Each is slightly different and exactly how is explained below.
Bar-retained implant-supported dentures
This type of denture is supported by implants that are fastened onto a bar that reaches around and follows your jaw. It is supported with around 4 to 6 posts that the bar is attached to.
Ball-retained implant-supported dentures
Each implant that is fastened into the jaw holds a metal attachment that will then attach to another attachment on the dentures. Typically the attachment on the dentures is ball-shaped.
How do they work?
Getting implant-supported dentures can be a simple process. The bar is typically fastened to the front of the jaw bone. Because the jawbone typically does not deteriorate as quickly in the front of the mouth, this is an ideal place to fasten the implants.
Since the lack of teeth and roots cause the jaw bone to begin deteriorating, the dentist will examine and do the appropriate steps to ensure that a patient's jaw bone is strong enough to support the implants. After this is complete, the implants can be inserted and the dentures made for the patient.
Have more questions about implant-supported dentures?
If you have any additional questions about implant-supported dentures, our staff is always ready to help. We would be glad to answer any questions and help guide you in making the best decision for your oral health and mouth. Give us a call today!
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