Implant supported dentures are distinct from regular dentures in that they are anchored to the mouth with dental implants. This denture is typically positioned in the lower jaw as dentures are usually less stable in this area. Yet it is also possible for implant supported dentures to be positioned in the upper jaw. The implant supported denture snaps in place right onto the implants that have been surgically placed within the jaw. This design stops the denture from slipping or loosening. Furthermore, there is no need for adhesives or denture paste with this approach. The patient can remove the implant supported denture at night or at any other point to clean it. Here is a closer look at the details of implant supported dentures.
Types of Implant Supported Dentures
There are two main types of this unique denture: ball-retained and bar-retained. Each type of denture mandates two or more dental implants be positioned. Both provide an absolutely lovely smile. The bar-retained denture requires the surgical placement of three or more implants within the gums. A metal bar that moves along the gum line is connected to the implants. The denture rests on the metal bar and is connected with clips. This design keeps the denture in place without needing the steel studs used in the ball-retained variety.
Plenty of patients prefer the bar-retained variety as it removes much of the discomfort of regular dentures. Ball-retained dentures also referred to as stud-attachment dentures, make use of a ball-and-socket style to connect the dentures to the implants in a surgical manner within the gums. There is a ball on the implants. The denture has sockets. The two snap together where the sockets and ball meet. Ball-retained dentures are considered incredibly secure as they permit for an upper palate denture. There is only a very small chance they will slip within the mouth.
The Implant Process
Implants are typically positioned within the jawbone along the front of the mouth as there is more bone in the front than the rear. The front also has fewer nerves. It will likely take between five and seven months to complete the process. However, it can take upwards of a full year. The first surgery positions the implants in the jawbone beneath the gums. The second surgery is performed to expose the upper portion of the implants. This procedure takes place about four to five months following the initial procedure.
How About Cleaning the Implant Supported Dentures?
The implant-supported denture should be removed at least once per day for a thorough cleaning. The denture and gum space should be cleaned. Consult with your dentist for additional guidance concerning cleaning methods.
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