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Implant Supported Dentures

An implant supported denture is a type of denture that is secured using dental implants. So in this case, dentures will be working with dental implants for providing a precisely fitted appliance that is long-lasting.

There are two basic types of implant supported dentures: those retained by bars and those retained by balls. Both types are made with an acrylic base that resembles gum tissue. They are both fabricated with artificial teeth made from acrylic or porcelain that appears identical to your natural teeth.


The Procedure

Traditionally, implant supported dentures involve two surgeries. During the first, your dentist will be placing the dental implants right into your jawbone. It can take up to six months for your jawbone to organically fuse around the implant. This is when your second surgery will take place.

A component known as an abutment will be placed at this second dental appointment. Think of the abutment as a connector that connects the implanted metal post with a dental crown that provides a chewing surface for the patient.

Once your jawbone has fused around the implants, your dentist will make an impression of your jaw and abutments. A metal bar will be placed over your abutments. If there is a proper fit between the abutments and framework, the teeth are placed temporarily on the framework and wax. The balls or bar will also be secured.


Advantages of Implant Supported Dentures

One of the main advantages of implant supported dentures is that, since they are firmly connected on either side by dental implants that are secured within the jawbone, they are extremely stable. Patients appreciate the fact that their dentures will not slip or fall out because they are securely anchored to implants.

Procedure Benefits

  • Implants are long lasting.
  • Implants secure the dentures.
  • Implant supported dentures should not slip or fall out.


Complications and Risks

Although implant supported dentures are relatively new, this is a commonly performed procedure that has a high success rate. However, there are potential complications and risks with any type of procedure.

The main risk of implant supported dentures is the possibility that the dental implants may fail. This normally occurs because the patient does not practice proper oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing regularly to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.