Implant Supported Dentures
Lillybrook Dental is your local Kallangur dentist restoring smiles with Implant supported dentures
Implant supported dentures are also referred to as overdentures. They are one option for people who have several missing teeth.
Typically dentures are moveable, that is, they are not fixed to the jaw. By contrast, implant supported dentures are attached to dental implants. Just as a single tooth or multiple tooth implants are attached to the jawbone, implant supported dentures are a practical solution that restore a smile naturally.
Types of implant support dentures
There are two types of implant support dentures: implant supported and implant retained.
Implant supported dentures have multiple implants that support the dentures. They are usually fixed. Implant retained dentures have multiple implants that help retain and keep dentures in place. They are usually removable.
How can implant supported dentures help me?
One of the main drawbacks of regular dentures is the way they move around in the mouth. This can be embarrassing and cause discomfort, including with biting, chewing, and speech.
With implant supported dentures, patients can enjoy the following improvements to their physical and emotional wellbeing:
- More enjoyment of food with improved ability to bite and chew with confidence
- Gains in confidence from speaking uninhibited
Improved health, particularly in gum health
- Cost reduction as the need to denture adhesives is eliminated
- Greater convenience from being easier to clean.
Whether you are a patient already using dentures, or if dentures have been prescribed to you, be sure to speak with your Lillybrook Dental dentist about the benefits of implant supported dentures or overdentures. Often people are unaware of all the options available to them and a consultation with Lillybrook Dental can help identify alternatives, including ways to achieve these financially.
What is the procedure for implant supported dentures?
Placement of implant supported dentures occur over several steps:
Step 1 – The base of the implants (which are a small titanium fixtures) are surgically placed into the jaw. Over a period of between two and six months, the titanium fixtures must bond to ensure they are strong enough for the artificial teeth.
Step 2 – In some cases, and depending on the system used, an extension may be required for the implants.
Step 3 – The final step involves placement of dentures on the tooth implants.
Don’t let slipping dentures, missing teeth, or embarrassment about sharing your concerns stop you from restoring your smile and confidence. We are sensitive to each patient’s needs and will work together with you for a treatment option that meets your needs.