What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Find out how dental implants can help improve the fit and feel of dentures.
Are you someone who has dentures but isn’t fully satisfied? Are you someone who is dealing with extensive tooth loss who wants to weigh all of your tooth replacement options? Whatever the case might be, our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Alex Sin Deuk Kim, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani in Frederick and Urbana, MD, are here to explain more about this popular dental prosthetic and how it works.
Most people know what dentures are but may not know how they work. Dentures are a set of false teeth attached to a gum-like foundation that is held in place with clasps or through suction with your natural gum tissue. Of course, dentures can shift or move around in your mouth while talking or chewing, making it difficult and sometimes challenging for denture wearers to truly feel at ease with their new teeth. To prevent dentures from moving around, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, restorative dentists offer implant-supported dentures.
What are implants?
It’s important to understand what implants are and how they function before understanding what they can do to improve the fit and function of your dentures. Implants are small titanium posts that are designed to replace your missing tooth roots.
In order to do this, our dental specialists will need to surgically place the implant(s) into the jawbone to act like tooth roots. Some patients may prefer sedation to make the process smoother. Over several months, the jawbone and implants will naturally bond together to become one, making this restoration a permanent fixture within the jawbone.
How can implants hold dentures in place?
When it comes to implant-supported dentures there are two main types: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Either type requires a minimum of two dental implants placed in the front of the jawbone, where there tends to be more bone than in the back even if bone loss isn’t present.
For bar-retained dentures, a metal bar that is curved like the jawbone is attached to the top of the implant. From there, attachments secure the dentures over the bar to clip them into place so dentures don’t move around. For ball-retained dentures, specific metal attachments are placed on each implant, which then attaches to the dentures in a ball-and-socket design. Our team of oral surgeons, periodontists, general doctors and prosthodontists will work together to make your implant supported denture function and fit well
If you are interested in learning more about dental implant-supported dentures and how they could benefit your smile for the long run, then schedule an appointment with Pearlfection Dentistry. We are proud to provide restorative dental services to the Hagerstown, and Germantown, MD, areas and are located just 45 minutes away from Washington, DC and Baltimore. Call us today.