So many patients who have chosen implant supported dentures report that they are happy, comfortable, and regained their confidence for the first time since the loss of their natural teeth. Implant supported dentures are the closest thing to your own natural teeth.
Traditional dentures rest on the gums and are not supported by implants in the mouth. Rather than having your gums serve as the only foundation for your dentures, implant supported dentures are anchored to your jaw with dental implants. This makes them a more functional, stable, and resilient option than conventional dentures.
Since implant supported dentures are completely implant supported, there is no pressure being exerted on your gums. This means that they will not rub and cause sore spots. Because they are implant based, this also means that they are constantly stimulating your jawbone. This eliminates bone loss which would happen with non-implant supported dentures. Over time, this leads to a healthier mouth overall and means that you will not suffer the same cosmetic ill-effects that come alongside traditional dentures, like sinking lips and cheeks.
If a patient has enough bone in the jaw for the implants, then an implant supported denture is a wonderful option.
An implant is a screw-like titanium post that replaces damaged or missing teeth. Dental implants are placed into the jaw where they bond with the bone creating a strong stable foundation on which a specialized denture can be attached. They are more secure, comfortable, and discreet than traditional dentures and are an investment that can last a lifetime. Most implant supported dentures are attached with 2-6 implants.
There are two main types of dentures: Removable Implant-Supported Dentures and Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures.
Removable Implant-Supported Overdentures
This type of denture is supported by implants but is still removable by the wearer and is usually recommended for patients who have tooth loss, but still have enough supportive bone in their jaw to support the implants. These implant supported dentures do not sit on the gums, but are attached to the implants, making them much more comfortable than conventional dentures. There are two types of removable implant-supported dentures: bar retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like your natural gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are then attached to the base.
Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures
Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures are the most permanent dental implant. They are extremely lifelike and are the option that is closest to natural teeth. A fixed denture is screwed (or fixed) into your mouth. It remains in your mouth all the time and only your denturist or dentist can remove them. This option usually requires the biggest investment but can be life-changing for those who want freedom from having to care for their dentures every day, although daily brushing like your natural teeth and regular hygiene appointments are still necessary.
There are several factors that will determine the right type of dental implant for you. This will depend on the position and number of teeth that you are missing, the integrity of your bone, as well as your age and expectations.
Our team at Hosack Denture Clinic will review your options and help you decide which type of implant is best for your needs and lifestyle. If you are interested in booking a free implant supported denture consultation to discuss if implant supported dentures are right for you, call (403)327-7244.