Implant Supported Dentures
At Water's Edge Dental, our dentists are trained and able to help you with any issue that may affect your jaw and overall oral health. Sometimes, as you get older, you may end up losing your teeth to decay or injury. When we have seen this happen in our patients, we are often able to recommend a treatment plan that involves the use of implant supported dentures. With these tools, you can maintain your appearance, smile, and continue to eat and speak as comfortably as you are used to.
What Are Implant Supported Dentures?
What makes implant supported dentures different from regular dentures is how they are placed in your mouth. Regular dentures rest on your gums, whereas implant supported dentures snap onto special attachments that we place on dental implants inside of your mouth. It is because of this that we usually recommend implant supported dentures for patients who lack any teeth in the jaw, but have enough bone in the jaw to support implants. We tend to recommend the use of implant supported dentures for the lower jaw, as regular dentures usually fit well enough when applied to the upper jaw.
How Implant Supported Dentures Work
Once you have decided on the use of implant supported dentures, the next step is to decide which type we will have you proceed with. With either type, the denture will be crafted with an acrylic base designed to match the appearance of your gums along with acrylic or porcelain teeth to mimic the form and function of your regular teeth. Ball-retained dentures involve studs attached to each implant in your jawbone that will match up with and fit into sockets on your denture. Bar-retained dentures are used along with a metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw with a series of implants attached. In this case, the denture fits snugly on the bar along with its implants.
Maintaining Your Implant Supported Dentures
While many of our patients prefer the easy snap-on the function of implant supported dentures, they still require much of the same care and maintenance as regular dentures do. It is important to remove the dentures daily to clean your gum area and the denture itself. Make sure that the dentures do not dry out by placing them in either a cleanser soaking solution or cool water during the times that you are not actively using them. After you remove them from your mouth, try to remember to brush them gently to remove food particles and to ensure that they do not become stained. It is also important to brush your mouth before you put the dentures back in, as this helps stimulate your gums and guarantees that plaque will not cause decay on your teeth while you wear them.
Implant supported dentures can be an effective tool for helping to replace absent teeth with dentures that are stable and supported atop implant attachments. If you think that implant supported dentures might be right for you and wish to learn more, please call us today at (208) 375-0572.