Are Implant-Supported Dentures Right for You?
- Posted on: Jun 20 2014
Tooth loss is a common issue, particularly among older patients. Although it is not unusual for a person to lose a tooth due to disease, poor hygiene or a trauma incident, those who are missing many or all of their teeth tend to have trouble with normal functions such as eating or speaking. In addition, they may be insecure or embarrassed by their appearance. Implant-supported dentures, also known as implant-retained dentures, are a solution for individuals who suffer from significant tooth loss.
If you’re considering implant-supported dentures, take a look at some of the questions most frequently asked by patients.
1. How do they work? Dental implant supported removable dentures are snapped to an abutment secured to a dental implant. Two or more implants and corresponding abutments may be used in the front part of your jaw. The implant abutments help keep the denture in place, secured to the underlying dental implant, providing support, function and comfort.These dentures should be removed while you sleep.
2. What are the benefits of implant dentures vs. traditional dentures? One of the top complaints of patients with dentures is that they don’t feel confident while eating or speaking because they are afraid the dentures will slip. This is particularly true for patients who wear lower dentures. Implant-supported dentures are much more stable than traditional dentures, since they are secured to the implant. Another benefit is that upper implant-supported dentures do not have to cover the entire roof of the mouth, as is the case with traditional dentures.
3. How long does the implant process take? The entire procedure is performed during a series of visits spread out over several weeks. During this time, patients wear a temporary denture. The first procedure entails the placement of titanium anchors in the jaw. Over the next three to six months, the anchors heal and fuse to the bone, in a process known as osseointegration. Once healing is complete, healing caps will be placed on the posts for about two weeks, followed by permanent abutments. If necessary, your dentist will also make an impression of your mouth with the implant for the dentures. During a third visit, the dentist will try out the denture in the mouth. If it fits, the framework of the denture is secured. An additional visit may be necessary to insert the denture into the mouth.
4. Do implant-supported dentures require special care? Like traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures must be removed each night before a patient goes to sleep, as well as during cleanings. The clip or other attachments on the denture usually need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months, as they will wear after continued use.
5. Are there any risks involved? As with any surgery, there is a rare chance that complications can arise, including adverse reactions to anesthesia. There is also the risk that the implant will fail. Sometimes, teeth within the denture become loose, however this is easily fixed by your dentist.
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