Dentures Supported by Dental Implants
Implant supported dentures are over-dentures which are attached to and supported by means of implants, as opposed to traditional dentures that rest on a person’s gums. They are viable options for individuals without any teeth, but who have a bone structure on the jaw that can support the implants. They are typically made to be used for the lower jaws as it requires more support than the upper jaws, aside from the fact that traditional dentures tend to be far more unstable on the lower jaws. Dr. Chris Baer is a dentist who caters to patients who have a requirement for implant supported dentures in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO.
Types of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are made from an acrylic compound base that appear like natural gums. Acrylic or porcelain teeth that resemble natural teeth can be attached onto the acrylic base. Dentures typically require at least two supportive implants to hold them in place. Here are the two implant supported denture types:
- Bar-retained dentures: A metal bar that is thin and follows the curved contour of the jaws is attached onto implants that are on the jawbone. The cosmetic dentist may use clips and other attachments on the denture and the bar during the procedure, so the denture rests along the bar and is neatly clipped into position.
- Stud-retained dentures: With these implants, they are designed in such a way that each implant installed on the jawbone has individual metal attachments that neatly fit into the corresponding attachments on the dentures. This can be either in the form of ball-socket arrangement in some cases, where the implants and the dentures are adeptly held in place.
How are implant supported dentures placed?
Implant placement duration varies based on numerous factors. It could take five months at the shortest for lower jaws and seven months for upper jaws, taking into account both denture placement and surgeries. The process may take a year’s time or longer, when preliminary procedures like bone grafting are taken into picture.
The procedure requires two surgeries. During the first surgery, the implants are placed in the under-gum region on the jawbone by the cosmetic dentist. Implants are typically installed in the front jawbone, as it has a greater concentration of bone when compared to the back, and holds true even with individuals who have just begun to experience tooth loss. Another reason why the front jawbone is a favorable spot is because it has far lesser number of structures and nerves that could otherwise interfere with the implant placement procedure.
The next surgery is carried out about 3-6 months from the time of the initial surgery, to allow the implants to fuse with the bones in the meantime. In the second procedure, the implants’ top heads are exposed on which healing caps are placed, to enable the gum tissues to heal. The collar helps in keeping the gum tissues and implant heads away from each other.
Once the implants are in place, after about 5-6 months, the dentist inserts the denture framework on the implants to see how well it fits. If it suitably fits, the dentist places the teeth on the denture’s framework in wax temporarily. The denture is allowed to dry in the patient’s mouth. The teeth are then permanently secured to the framework, and as are the attachments.
For more information about the dental procedures and treatments performed by Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Christopher Baer, DMD on patients in Aurora, Centennial, Parker, Franktown, Elizabeth, Denver and surrounding areas in Colorado areas please contact us for an appointment at (303) 557-6453.