Implant Supported Dentures
When compared to removable dentures, implant supported dentures are more securely fastened because they are attached to implants that are surgically placed inside your jawbone. However, implant supported dentures can still be detached for cleaning purposes.
Types of Implant Supported Dentures
There are two main types of implant supported dentures, bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Bar-retained dentures are supported by dental implants that are connected to a metal bar and require four implants for support. The bars are screwed on top of the implants, after which the dentures are placed on top of the bars through a series of small clips. Ball-Retained Dentures do not have metal bar connectors in between implants. Instead, these types of dentures have a socket opening that connects to a ball-profiled base. Once they are connected, the denture will lock securely. With these types of dentures the chances of experiencing slippage are very slim.
Background on Dental Implants
The practice of dental implants installation have been around for more than 20 years. People who had their implants for that long can attest that they are still in good condition and function properly.
Dental implants are fabricated from titanium metal, which merges with your jawbone in a process known as Osseo integration. Titanium is a durable and long lasting material; hence it will not be affected by decay-causing bacteria and because implant supported dentures are held in place far more securely they are less likely to come loose like regular dentures, making them appear natural.
The implant process begins with a thorough examination of the condition of your teeth. During this exam your dentist will study your dental x-rays, as well as your medical and dental history to determine if you qualify for a dental implant. If you do, an impression of your teeth will be taken to create temporary dentures, while the dental implant procedure is being scheduled.
The succeeding surgery will happen after three to six months. The second process involves the exposure of the tip of the implant, and healing caps will be placed on top of them. The third visit will be after two weeks and it will entail the installation of regular abutments, which is either metal or ball-type supports. Finally, the fourth and last procedure includes the fitting and adjustment of the dentures.
Care and Maintenance of Implant-Supported Denture
Implant-supported dentures should still be removed every night for cleaning and brushing. The metal or ball supports should also be cleaned thoroughly. Every now and then, observe the fitting of the dentures to your mouth. If they misalign while you are chewing or if your gums hurt, inform your dentist so the dentures can be adjusted. The clips and other denture accessories should be replaced every 6 to 12 months.
Advantage over Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures are not very popular because they are obvious, visible, and uncomfortable to wear. They do not attach to the gums safely and they make eating less enjoyable and because they are placed over the gums, they can lead to gum deterioration.
Implant-supported dentures are the up-to-date and ideal solution for teeth replacement. They possess the qualities that people search for in natural teeth, are known to prevent bone loss, and enhance bite strength.
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We aim to provide comprehensive dental care to our patients in a safe and comfortable environment. Whether it is general dental care, restorative dental services or cosmetic procedures our goal is that good dental health is accomplished in a relaxed and enjoyable manner.