The implant supported dentures are basically over dentures which are attached to dental implants. This way, the denture is supported securely, and there is no risk of the denture sliding or shifting within the mouth. The traditional dentures are resting nicely onto the gums, and they are not supported by dental implants. However, when the patient lacks all the teeth on the upper or lower arch, the dentures cannot be held well by the gums only.
One important prerequisite for the implant supported dentures, is that the patient must have enough bone density in the jaw. This is highly necessary, because the implants need to fuse nicely with the jaw bone. The implant supported dentures come with some special attachments which will snap perfectly onto an attachment which can be found on the dental implant.
Normally, the implant supported dentures are mostly suitable for the lower jaw, because this is where in general the dentures tend to slide, move from their place and become more unstable. In the lower jaw the dentures need support from the implants, and this way the patient can enjoy full freedom of eating or speaking without worrying that the dentures will slip within the mouth.
Implant supported dentures care
-you should remove the denture every single day and thoroughly clean both the dentures and the gum line
-you should care for your implant secured dentures just as you care for any traditional dentures
-implant supported dentures should not be worn during the night
-you can also opt for fixed implant secured dentures, but the dentist will be the one who will decide which option suits best your needs: fixed or removable ones.
Implant supported dentures come in two types: the bar retained dentures and the ball retained ones. The dental implant supported dentures will need a minimum of two and maximum five dental implants which will sustain the dentures. The dentures are also made of the “gumline” part (the acrylic base) and the acrylic or porcelain teeth on top. The implant supported dentures look extremely natural, and over time after you get used to wearing them you will see that they look, feel and behave almost like your natural teeth.
The time required to complete the implant supported dentures work is about three to five months or even more Of course, the dentist will firstly fit the dental implants, which need to heal nicely. Only after the implants have healed completely, will the dentist fit the teeth structures (the crown part), and later on the dentures will be fitted. At the beginning it might be a little difficult to get used to the dentures and to the two dental implants themselves, but you will surely get used to them over time. It is very important to replace your teeth the soonest possible after you have lost them; otherwise you risk of losing too much jaw bone and then placing the implants is quite difficult.