For better stability and added retention, implant supported dentures offer an excellent and affordable restorative dentistry alternative for denture wearers. In contrast to conventional dentures, which rely on suction and adhesion to the palate and gums for stability, implant supported dentures anchor dentures in place with implants inserted into supporting bone tissue.
These overdentures are designed for patients with no existing teeth for support, and they are equipped with special attachments that snap in place on the implants. They are used primarily for the lower jaw where dentures can be less stable. Upper dentures have the advantage of using the roof of the mouth to aid in keeping dentures in place.
Implant supported dentures may be ball retained or bar retained to hold the denture in place. Ball retained dentures use implants fitted with a ball-shaped male attachment that will seat into a corresponding socket on the denture to lock it in place. Bar retained dentures use a bar attached to two or more implants that the denture will clip onto for a secure fit.
The procedure for installing implant supported dentures is typically a two-stage process. Initially the implants will be surgically placed into the bone of the jaw, followed by a second procedure to expose the implants after the implant has fused with the bone.
First, your dentist will install the implant into a hole drilled into the jawbone, via an incision in the gum. Fusion between bone and implant will vary but generally takes about six months before the next stage takes place. The implant is then exposed at the top of the gum, and a collar placed onto the implants to allow the gum to heal at the base and keep the implant above the gum surface, ready to be mated with your dentures.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Your Pearl Dental Care team can help you decide whether implant supported dentures are right for you.