Implant Supported Dentures
Traditional dentures are typically uncomfortable to wear and move around in the mouth quite a bit, leaving wearers frustrated. However, implant dentistry provides a solution for such concerns. Implant supported dentures offer permanent, secure tooth replacement that eliminates movement and irritation of gum tissues.
Implant supported dentures typically come in two fashions: bar-retained or ball-retained. Attached to metal bars that run between strategically placed implants, bar-retained dentures are secure and comfortable for the wearer. Ball-retained dentures rely on a ball-and-socket connection of attachment, also offering security and comfort.
Also referred to as immediate load implants, the Teeth-in-a-Day technique allows patients to receive fully functioning dental implants and temporary appliances in a single day. This method is most often utilized for replacing an entire arch of teeth, such as with a denture, but can also be effective for restoring a single dental implant in some cases.
When dentures are being placed, approximately four implants are strategically inserted into the bone. Once the implants have fully integrated with the bone (a process that requires three to six months to complete), the permanent restoration or appliance can be attached.