Thanks to many advances in dental implant technology over the last 40 years, implant-supported dentures have become the preferred alternative to the frustrated denture wearer or those not happy transitioning from real teeth to dentures.
Implants are comfortable and look like natural teeth. To a denture-wearer, implants provide the greatest stability, while helping preserve that precious bone under the gums and keeping the natural look of your face and lips. They are as close as we′ll ever get to real teeth in dentistry, and patients often tell us they wish they had received them sooner.
There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to the base. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for support, with most patients choosing four or more for superior stability and funtion.
A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped (male attachments), and they fit into sockets (female attachments) on the denture. In some cases, the denture holds the male attachments and the implants hold the female ones.
A regular denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants, causing them to move around, lisp, or hurt when biting on hard foods. An implant-supported denture is a type of denture that is supported by and attached to implants, which alleviates most of these painful situations because the denture is secure and doesn′t move freely.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw but still has enough bone to support implants. Special attachments are adhered to the implant, allowing the denture to be snapped into place.
Before any work is done, you should visit a denturist who has advanced training in the placement and restoration of implant-supported dentures.
Choosing the right implant denturist should not be taken lightly. With over 40 years of experience, Allan Delsaut is a pioneer in the field of implant-supported dentures across Northern Ontario. The Sudbury and surrounding communities have quickly recognized our specialization with implants and higher–quality denture solutions.
For this reason, they are completely comfortable approaching us for their best treatment options – and in today′s dentistry, that includes denture implants. Click here and read why our patients think implants with Allan are a great solution!
Implants offer a world of difference to the frustrated denture-wearer, and will have you smiling more, eating almost any food you choose, and confidently enjoying social situations with friends and loved ones. Imagine having your natural teeth back! Implants are as close it gets. And you deserve to look and feel your best.