Unlike a regular denture, which rests on your gums, implant supported dentures are anchored in your mouth by dental implants. Most often, this form of denture is placed in the lower jaw because dentures tend to be less stable in the lower jaw. However, implant supported dentures can be placed in the upper jaw as well. In this type of denture, your implant-supported denture snaps into place on the implants surgically placed in your jaw. This prevents the denture from slipping or coming loose in the mouth. It also removes the need for denture paste or adhesives. The implant-supported denture can be removed at night for cleaning or, if you have a fixed implant-supported denture placed, your dentures will act as permanent teeth. There are two types of implant supported dentures: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Both types of dentures require two or more dental implants to be placed; both will provide you with a beautiful, natural smile.
Dentures are well-known to be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Many patients complain of discomfort, embarrassment, and unhappiness with their smiles. Dentures by themselves do not act as natural teeth. The lower denture is not anchored in place and can cause slippage and prevent the wearer from eating certain foods. Dentures can cause bone loss because they do not stimulate the bone like natural teeth do. Overtime, the gums you rely upon to keep your dentures in place dissolve, and your dentures will no longer fit correctly.
Implant supported dentures provide you with a life without pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. Implant supported dentures act like natural, healthy teeth; they stimulate the bone and prevent bone loss, increase bite forces up to 10x in the first year, and look and feel like natural teeth! Wearers often marvel at the ability to chew, speak, and smile with ease and comfort again. Implants have truly revolutionized dentistry for the denture wearer.
When you’ve suffered facial trauma or have lost teeth through injury or some other means, you may suffer bone loss in your jaw that will prevent you from receiving dental implants. When this happens, Dr. Adams can perform a bone grafting procedure in order to build sufficient bone back up to hold your dental implants, which will support your implant supported dentures. If you require any tooth extractions before dental implant placement, Dr. Adams can usually perform those during the same visit. Our practice offers oral sedation to alleviate any anxiety or discomfort you may experience related to these procedures.