For people with weak or missing teeth, dentures supported by implants can be an excellent replacement. Unlike a regular denture, which sits directs on the surface of the gums, dentures supported by implants are anchored to implants that are surgically embedded in the gums. This style is generally used in the lower jaw where stability is often most difficult, but it can also be used on the upper jaw. One of the advantages of this style of denture is that it can be snapped into place without paste or adhesives. Some implants can still be removed for nightly cleaning while others serve as permanent teeth replacements. For patients who wear dentures in Cincinnati, Drs. Silverstein and Parker are available to discuss this option and assess whether you are a good candidate for dentures supported by implants.
Different Implant Supported Dentures in Cincinnati
-There are two styles of dentures supported by implants: bar-retained and ball retained. Both require two or more dental implants.
With bar-retained implant supported dentures, at least three implants are required and the denture is held firmly in place with a metal bar. Many patients experience less discomfort with this type of denture.
With this style, a ball and socket design is employed to attach the denture and implants. Also referred to as stud-attachment dentures, ball-retained dentures are snapped together in sections where the ball and sockets meet. These dentures supported by implants are less likely to slide around in the mouth, which allow wearers to enjoy their favorite foods and enjoy a better quality of life.
Dentures supported by implants offer far more stability than regular dentures because each implant is surgically placed in your jaw bone. Over time, the implants actually fuse with your jaw bone through a process called osseointegration, which allows implants to function just like natural teeth. Since the implants serve as an anchor for the denture, you can look forward to increased strength and security when you choose this treatment to replace missing teeth.
For more information on your options for implants and dentures in Cincinnati, please call Drs. Silverstein and Parker at 513-334-5997.