An implant-supported denture can be used if you do not have any teeth but have enough jawbone density to support the implants. An implant-supported denture has special clips that snap onto attachments on the implants.
An implant-supported denture is a type of denture restoration that is attached to surgically placed implants. A traditional denture sits on your gums and is secured by dental adhesive. An implant-supported denture can be used if you do not have any teeth but have enough jawbone density to support the implants. An implant-supported denture has special clips that snap onto attachments on the implants.
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You can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw. You should still remove your implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area beneath. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. You may prefer to have permanent crown and bridgework that cannot be removed. Vita Dental will consider your needs and preferences when we review your options with you.
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The Procedure for Implant Supported Dentures
During your initial exam, Vita Dental will review your medical and dental histories, take X-rays, and create impressions of your teeth and gums so that models can be made. We may order a computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth as well. This will show us where your sinuses, located above your upper teeth, and nerves are. It allows us to make sure they will not be affected by the implant placement. A CT scan may also be done to determine the jawbone density and to pinpoint the best locations for the implants. If you are not already wearing a complete denture to replace your missing teeth, we will make you one. You will use this temporary denture until the implant-supported denture is placed.
It will take about four appointments for completion. By making this temporary denture, we can determine the best position for artificial roots/implants and teeth in the final denture. Once the temporary denture is finished, we will use a copy of it as a guide to help direct the implants in the correct positions.
We will next administer a local anesthetic to numb the immediate area. Then we will create a small incision and proceed to surgically place the titanium post into your jawbone. We will close the site with sutures.
Vita Dental will usually wait several months allowing the jawbone and the implants to integrate or attach and fuse together.
Once the implants have become fused with the bone, the second appointment can be scheduled. We will confirm whether the implant is ready for the second procedure by taking an X-ray. This step is even simpler than the first. We will expose the tops of the implant and then attach an abutment or extension to the titanium post to reach the surface of your gum line. There is more minimal soft tissue healing and then we will make an impression of your gums and the abutments. This is the roadmap for the final denture framework precise locations of the attaching mechanism.
At this point, if a bar-retained denture has been prescribed for you, then the metal bar is placed on the abutments. You will have the first try-in of your new denture framework to see if it fits properly.
With the final denture now fabricated, we have some small adjustments for either a bar-retained or a ball-retained final implant supported denture. When completed, we will proceed to your final fitting.
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Several Benefits That You Can Expect
Your implant-supported denture will be far more stable than a regular denture. The titanium post secured in your jawbone acts as a natural root. It will not only deliver pressure sensations for when you bite and chew, but it will also deliver hot and cold sensations. You will find it easier to speak and you will not have to worry about the denture becoming loose.
How Implant Supported Dentures Actually Work
There are two types of 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 crowns that look like natural teeth are attached to the base. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for proper support.
Bar-retained dentures — A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your arch is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
Ball-retained dentures — Each implant in the jawbone has a metal attachment that is ball shaped. These ball shaped attachments snap into a nylon socket on the backside of the denture.
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Aftercare of Your Implant Supported Denture
Vita Dental will advise you to remove the denture at night and for cleaning. We would also like you to carefully clean around the attachments.
We will test all the parts of your new denture to make sure they are secure. Even though your new denture is stable, it may still move slightly when you chew. This slight movement can cause rubbing against your gums, which will cause sore spots. We will check your gums and will check the way your top and bottom teeth come together, your bite, after the insertion of the denture.
The clips or other attachments on your dentures usually will need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months. They are made of a plastic material (nylon) and will wear after continued use.
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The thoughtful team at Vita Dental is confident that you will always be comfortable in our caring and comprehensive office. As you enter our clinic, we will treat you like family because you are both our friends and our neighbors. We focus our every effort on providing you exceptional, high quality dental care in a relaxing environment. Give us a call today at 317-288-4226 with any questions regarding an evaluation for an implant supported denture, or any concerns you might have.
Vita Dental is a modern dental practice serving Fishers, Indiana, and the surrounding communities. You can find Vita Dental at 11630 Olio Rd, #100, Fishers, IN 46037.