Implant Supported Dentures: The Better Option
Dentures have been used as traditional replacements for missing teeth for a number of years. With time, the gums and tissues under the dentures weaken, causing the dentures to become loose. Loose dentures not only cause discomfort, but could also result in the tooth getting dislodged accidentally. This scenario can be avoided by the use of implant-supported dentures.
How Are Implant-Supported Dentures Different?
Traditional dentures rest on your gums. An implant supported denture is attached to dental implants and can therefore stay more securely in place with the help of a titanium screw installed in your jaw. The base of implant supported dentures is made of acrylic, much like traditional dentures, and the replacement teeth are made using acrylic or porcelain. At least two implants are needed to support them.
The installation of implant-supported dentures generally requires two surgeries. In the first surgery, the implants are installed and once the surrounding area has healed, the second surgery is done wherein the top of the implants are exposed in order to attach the dentures.
Implant supported dentures are generally of two types:
- Bar-retained: a thin metal bar aligned to the curve of the jaw is attached to your dental implants. The denture is fitted on the bar and secured by clips or other types of attachments.
- Ball-retained: In the case of ball-retained dentures, each dental implant holds an attachment designed to fit into an attachment made on the denture. The “male” attachment, which is shaped like a ball, is designed to fit over the “female” attachment. In maximum cases, the implants hold the ball-shaped or male attachment and the dentures contain the female attachment.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures
The dentures supported by implants are better than their traditional counterparts in several ways:
With implant supported dentures, you will be able to speak more easily than in the case of traditional dentures
No more fears of your dentures slipping off or loosening in public
While you still may be advised against eating chewy or sticky foods, with implant supported dentures, you will be able to enjoy a wider range of food products which would be restricted in the case of traditional dentures.
If you have missing teeth or are looking for a replacement for your existing dentures, call our clinic in Orange Park, FL on (904) 688-3056 and schedule your dental appointment. Our experts will evaluate if implant-supported dentures are a good option for you. Contact us today!