Implant Dentures

Implant-Support Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are a type of denture supported by and attached to implants, instead of resting on the gums like traditional dentures.

Why Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are ideal for patients who do not have any teeth remaining, but has enough bone left in the jaw to support the implants. Implant-supported dentures snap into place on top of surgically-implanted implant posts.

Another reason to choose implant-supported dentures is that they are more stable. Traditional dentures tend to be less stable, especially for the lower jaw, which can make wearers physically uncomfortable and also self-conscious about their appearance or if their denture is going to move when talking or chewing.

How Does It Work?

There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to the base. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for support.

The Implant Process

The implant process is two parts. The first part of the process is to get the implants placed. Placement of the implants is typically in the jawbone at the front of the mouth where there is generally more bone. The second part of the process is a surgery that exposes the tops of the implants so that the snap-on portion of the denture is exposed. This second phase occurs three to six months after the procedure.

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