An implant-supported denture is an overdenture that is attached to and supported by dental implants. While a regular denture will simply rest on the gum ridge, implant-supported dentures give you added security and stability.
Types of Implanted-Supported Dentures
There are two main implant-supported denture options, both of which need a minimum of two implants for support:
- Ball-retained dentures. With these dentures, each implant will hold a metal attachment that then fits into an attachment on the denture. They are usually ball-shaped and fit into a “female” socket on the denture.
- Bar-retained. With these dentures, a thin metal bar will follow the curve of the jaw before attaching to 2-5 implants in the jawbone. Clips are fitted into the bar or denture. The denture then fits over the bar and is clipped securely into place.
Candidates for Implant-Supported Dentures
You might be a good candidate for implant-supported dentures if you don’t have any teeth in your jaw. However, you’ll need to have enough jaw bone remaining in order to support the implants. In some cases, bone grafting might be an option to increase the amount of bone at the implant site.
There are a few other considerations that can determine if you are a good candidate for overdentures:
- Free of oral health conditions, including gum disease
- Generally healthy, both orally and an in terms of your overall health
- A commitment to refrain from smoking
The Implant-Supported Dentures Procedure
Successful placement of your implant-supported dentures will take several visits. The implants will be placed into the jaw bone in one appointment, and you will then be sent home to recover. Your mouth needs time to heal, and the implants need time to integrate into the bone. This can take up to seven months. The dentures will be placed at a subsequent appointment.
If you are interested in learning more about implant-supported dentures, call us at Complete Dental today.