Implant support dentures are a good option for a patient not having teeth in the jaw but enough bone to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. The dentures are held securely in place by fixing them to the jawbone. These dentures can either be removed or fixed, depending on the patient's need and preference.
These implants are similar to real teeth as they are fixed into the jaw and serve as the tooth's root. When the implants are capped with a dental crown, they look natural and feel very similar to natural teeth. These dentures attached to the implants and placed permanently in your jawbone will not fall out or slide around.
What is the process of placing Implant-supported dentures?
The entire process of Implant-supported dentures usually takes at least two surgeries and a minimum of five months to complete. The initial step is having a consultation with your dentist. During the initial examination with your dentist, x-rays and impressions are taken to create models. It is also determined how much bone is available for the fixing of implants. On the next visit, a temporary denture will be made for you. Implants will be placed into your jawbone during the first surgery after making a small incision, and a hole is drilled in the exposed bone. The incision is closed with stitches. This process is repeated for each implant.
After the first surgery, you have to wait for three to six months to allow the implants to fuse with your jawbone. The second surgery exposes the tops of your implants. The exposed tops of the implants are covered with a healing cap to help in the healing process. The healing caps are replaced with regular abutments. Next, your dentist will make another impression to help create a denture framework and artificial teeth.
The final step involves placing metal bars on the abutments and trying out the denture framework and artificial teeth. Once everything fits, your teeth are permanently secured in place, and ball attachments are added to keep the frame attached to your implants.
What are the benefits of Implant-supported dentures?
- The implant-supported dentures function more like natural teeth.
- It helps in preserving the gum tissue and bone.
- These dentures improve your ability to bite and chew significantly.
- Implant-supported dentures are durable and don't need adhesive.
- These dentures are easy to clean as they are removable.
How long do the Implant-supported dentures last?
The implant-supported dentures usually last up to 15-20 years. When these dentures are adequately cared for and the jawbone is kept healthy, they could be the final dentures you would ever need. They have to be brushed regularly, just like your natural teeth, to stay healthy.
Call us at Briarwood Family Dentistry or schedule an online appointment to know more about implant-supported dentures.