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What you Need to Know About Implant supported Dentures?

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An implanted supported denture is a form of overdenture, which is attached to implants. It is unlike a regular denture, which is usually rested on the gums. Here at Vita Dental Spring, we would love to expand your knowledge on this issue to help you decide if they are the best option for you.

Who Qualifies

Implant-supported dentures are used on people who have lost their teeth but still have a jawbone that can support dental implants. The protruding end of the implant is fitted with special attachments that can firmly secure the dentures in place.

The dentures are often used for the lower jaw. The reason for this is that the tongue makes lower jaw dentures quite unstable. However, you can still receive upper jaw implants for your dentures if you qualify.

When you get these dentures, you will need to take them out daily, just like regular dentures and clean them.

How they work

You will have two options from which to choose. These are the bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the dentures are made to resemble your real teeth as accurately as possible.

Bar-retained dentures are made using a thin metal bar that is attached to five implants attached to the jaw. The dentures are then fitted with clips by which you will attach them to the bar.

In the ball retained dentures, every implant has a metal attachment that fettled to an attachment in the denture. The accessories are ball-shaped and the fit into sockets in the denture.

The Process of Fixing implants

In most cases, the implants will be placed at the front of the mouth. The reason is that bone at the front deteriorates much slower than at the back. Besides that, the front jaw has fewer nerves and blood vessels that can be interfered with during the process.

In most case, this process could take between five to seven months. In some instances, the process can take a whole year as the doctor waits for enough bone to grow around the implants.

The surgery is usually performed in two stages. In the first phase, the lower half is placed into the jaw. After about three months, the top of the implant is set in the mouth. However, one-stage procedures are becoming quite common, especially in cases where the jawbone is still intact.

First Consultation

Before any work can begin, a specialist will examine the dental and medical records of a potential patient. Besides that, scans of your gums may be performed to help determine the location of your sinuses and nerves. Besides that, a scan may be performed to help determine the amount of bone available.

If all these tests go as planned, you will now require a denture. If you did not already have one, the doctor would make one for you. For the denture to be completed, it will take about four visits over the course of several weeks. This first denture will help the dentist determine how to shape the final denture.

The temporary denture may also be used. It will only need to be modified and some attachments placed on it. These are what will be used to set it in the final position.

The First Surgery

 During this time, implants will be placed in the jawbone. An incision is made in the gum and a hole drilled in the bone. The Dental implant is placed into the hole. This incision is then stitched and the bone allowed to grow around the implant.

It is vital that not pressure be placed on the implant as it heals. Otherwise, it may be displaced and will have to be fixed again. After that, you will need to wait four months for the second surgery.

Second surgery

As soon as the implant has fused to the bone, the second operation takes place. An incision is made into the gum to expose the top of the implant. A cap is placed on the exposed implant. It helps to guild flesh away from the implant. It will take about 14 days for the gums to heal. After they heal, the caps are replaced with the final abutments.

Denture insertion

A metal bar will now be placed on the abutments. After that, the dentures will be placed on the bar to see if they fit. If all works as it should, you are good to go.

Caring for the Dentures

It is essential that you remove the dentures at night and clean them. The dentist may also require you to go for a few checks every year to ensure that the denture is stable. Any slight movement will cause the dentures to rub against the gums, which will cause you to develop sore spots.

What to Expect from these Dentures

For one, these dentures are going to be quite stable. It will be quite easy for you to speak and you do not have to worry about dentures falling off. Besides that, eating food such as nuts will become quite easy.