When a majority of teeth become damaged and removed, dentures become necessary to restore your smile and maintain the ability to eat. At Mas’ood Cajee, DDS, MPH, we offer implant supported dentures that are personalized for you. When searching for dental prosthetics you can trust for improving daily activities like smiling, talking, chewing, and biting, our experienced medical team can help.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant supported dentures are a form of overdenture that is attached to and supported by dental implants. Traditional dentures have been fixed into the gums using denture adhesives and creams, but these methods can be unreliable and lead to a lack of confidence while talking and eating. An implant supported denture has specialized attachments that secure into attachments that are on the implants. Implant supported dentures are most commonly used for the lower jaw where regular dentures are more often less stable. For the upper jaw, a regular denture is quite stable as is, without the need for additional support provided by implants. However, implant supported dentures are suitable for both the lower and upper jaw.
When maintaining supported dentures, it is important to remove them daily to clean the gum area, and like regular dentures, you should not sleep with them in.
How Does it Work?
There are two types of implant supported dentures including bar-retained and ball-retained. Both of these dentures are made of an acrylic base that appears similar to the gums. The teeth portion will be composed of porcelain or acrylic that looks like natural teeth. The teeth are attached to the base, and both types of dentures require at least two implants to secure them.
About the Implant Process
The implants are placed in the front of the mouth in the jawbone where there is more bone than in the back. The front of the mouth also has no nerves of additional structures that would interfere with the implants. The implants are placed through multi-step surgical procedures that are spread out in about five to seven months.
Two surgeries are typically required to place the implants into the jawbone under the gums. The second procedure is performed 3 to 6 months after the first and is designed to expose the implants.
The amount of time required to complete the implant process is dependent on each patient.
If you are searching for a trustworthy solution for reclaiming your smile’s function and appearance, reach out to the professionals here at Mas’ood Cajee, DDS, MPH located in Manteca, CA to learn more about implant supported denture treatments. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!