What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Types of Implant-supported Dentures
Two main types of implant-supported dentures are Snap On Dentures and All-On-4 dental implants.
Snap On Dentures
Snap On Dentures are removable and attach to dental implants directly. They function similarly to traditional dentures but with the extra benefit of dental implants, which prevent the jawbone loss that happens when teeth are lost. In some circumstances, traditional dentures can be converted to snap-ondentures, but a new denture is usually manufactured.
All-On-4 dental implants
All-On-4 dental implants, also known as Lock On Dentures, are not removable and provide a more natural solution with a natural feel and appearance. In addition, the denture is supported by four strategically placed implant posts for added security.
All-on-4 Dental Implants employs 4-6 titanium implants to anchor dentures to an entire arch.
Indications for Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are ideal for individuals missing many teeth, making traditional dentures challenging to wear comfortably. They are also an excellent option for those seeking a permanent and long-lasting solution to their missing teeth, as dental implants are designed to last many years with proper care.
What are the Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures?
The benefits of Implant Supported dentures come from the ability of dental implants to replace the entire structure of missing teeth, creating an artificial tooth root that fuses with your jaw. Compared to conventional dentures, which may require replacement over time, overdentures are a much more long-term solution.
Additionally, Implant Supported dentures have the following benefits:
- More comfort
- A more natural appearance
- Minimal, if any, gum Irritation
- There is no requirement for denture adhesives
How Do I Get an Implant-supported Denture?
You will undergo surgical procedures at your dentist’s office for implant-supported dentures. An outline of the process is given below:
- During your initial consultation, your dentist will evaluate your dental health, jawbone structure, and overall oral health to determine if you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures.
- Your surgeon will insert the implants within the jawbone during the initial procedure. Next, your dentist will make small incisions in the gums and carefully place the titanium posts in the jawbone.
- The implants will strengthen and stabilize over the coming months as they become more tightly bonded to the jawbone.
- When the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, your doctor will take an impression of your gums and attach metal pins (called abutments) to the implants a few weeks later.
- Finally, your dentist will attach the dentures to the implants, test them, and make any required adjustments.
Care and Maintenance for Implant-supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are simple to take care of and maintain. That’s why they’re a popular choice among many people. To clean them, rinse them first and gently brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
Maintaining dental implants is similar to taking care of natural teeth. Brush them at least twice a day to prevent plaque and tartar buildup. Regular dental check-ups are also crucial for keeping implant-supported dentures in good condition.