Dental Implant-Retained Dentures
An implant supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. An implant supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
You should remove an implant supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant supported dentures at night. You can receive an implant supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
How Does It Work?
There two types of implant supported dentures, ball-retained and ball-retained. In both cases the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gum.
Bar retained dentures; a thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to four 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 it is securily clipped into place by the attachments.
Ball retained dentures; Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture.
Retained Denture Process Time
Two surgeries are needed. The first one places the implants in the jawbone under your gums. The second surgery exposes the tops of the implants. The second procedure comes three tos ix months after the first surgery. For both surgery, you need 6 or 7 days for each visit.