Implant Supported Dentures
If you have been wearing dentures for any length of time, you are probably well aware of the issues that they can cause. One of the biggest issues presented by traditional dentures is that they are not always the most stable solution. Even with denture adhesives, your teeth can come loose. If you are tired of dealing with loose, unstable dentures, we can help to increase their stability with implant supported dentures.
Implant Supported Dentures Vs. Regular Dental Implants
Implant supported dentures are a type of treatment that involves the use of dental implants. They are meant to replace all teeth in a single arch. They may also be used if you are missing all of your teeth. One of the biggest differences between implant supported dentures and a regular full arch replacement with dental implants is that your replacement teeth are removable. With a regular full arch replacement, your teeth are fixed. The other major difference is the number of implant posts required. An implant supported denture uses fewer posts.
Bar Retained Implant Supported Dentures
A bar retained implant supported denture typically requires the use of only 4 implant posts. Immediately after placing the posts into your jawbone, a titanium bar is attached. This bar is what holds your teeth in place. The teeth use small clips that anchor onto the bar, rather than being screwed into the implant posts themselves.
Ball Retained Implant Supported Dentures
A ball retained implant supported denture is a little bit different. Instead of a bar that your teeth clip into, the implant posts have small balls on the ends of them. Your replacement teeth have small holes in the bottom that correspond to your implant posts. Instead of clipping onto a bar, your teeth snap directly onto the implant posts.
The Advantages of Implant Supported Dentures
One of the biggest advantages of implant supported dentures is that they are more affordable than a regular full arch replacement using implants. This is due in part to the fact that you need fewer posts to support your new teeth. With fewer posts, you undergo less surgery. This also means that your recovery after surgery is typically shorter.
Another major benefit is that implant supported dentures can provide a full arch replacement without first needing a bone graft. The posts are placed where your bone density is greatest. For those well-versed in the discomfort and annoyances associated with traditional dentures, implant supported dentures provide a much more comfortable, much more secure solution.
Do I Still Need to Remove My Teeth to Take Care of Them?
Even though you have dental implants with implant supported dentures, your teeth are still removable. They will need to be taken out every night to be cleaned properly. You will need to make sure that you take care of the gums and the implant posts underneath as well. Taking care of your implant supported dentures every day will help to ensure that they last a long time.
If you are tired of dealing with dentures that slip out of position and cause both pain and embarrassment, you may benefit from implant supported dentures. For more information, call Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 562-459-3311 today.