Implant Supported Dentures
Getting dental implants as tooth replacements is one of the ultimate options to restore smiles on faces. When a tooth decays due to infection or underlying diseases, it may reach a point where dental procedures may not be sufficient for healing. Dentists extract the tooth to remove the infection and prepare for implant-supported dentures. Dr. Michael Han and at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry recommend implant-supported dentures for various benefits. If your oral surgeon has advised you to have a dental implant placement, we have covered everything you need to know beforehand.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are snap-in dentures that fit into implanted screws in a patient’s jawbone. Typically, dentists opt for these dentures when more than one tooth needs replacement. Dental surgeons use dental implants to bridge the missing teeth by creating implants in jawbones. Unlike traditional dentures that use adhesives to stick to the jaw, implant-supported dentures are much more stable and require a dentist’s assistance to be replaced or removed.
Switching From Regular Dentures to Dental Implants
If you have had regular dentures before, you can switch to dental implants at any time. These dentures are more stable and never slip while eating. Many patients feel uneasy with traditional dentures, as they can slip or come off due to immense pressure. However, implant dentistry suggests that you can let go of such worries. Dental implants fit into your jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your mouth.
While traditional dentures may seem like artificial support for eating, implant-supported dentures are more like natural teeth. You can eat almost anything while wearing them.
Types of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures require space in the jawbone to fit in place and function properly. While this may be valid in most cases, you can opt for fixed or removable implanted dentures to suit your needs. Removable dentures affix to the placed implants. You can remove them at night for cleaning purposes. On the flip side, fixed implant-supported dentures fit into the implants permanently. You may clean them by flossing like natural teeth.
When to Use Mini Dental Implants
In some cases, conventional implant-supported dentures may not fit well to a patient’s jaw. The problems can occur due to poor bone health, tissue damage, or other complications. In such cases, oral surgeons opt for mini dental implants. These implants are relatively smaller and require much less space in the bone to place a permanent denture.
Mini denture implants are ideal for those with a tooth or two missing in different positions. These implants look, feel, and function the same as conventional ones.
If you have one or more missing teeth that keep you returning to your dentist for dental procedures, you may opt for implant-supported dentures to eliminate recurring problems. You need good health with healthy gums and sufficiently dense jawbone to be an ideal candidate for implant-supported dentures.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
Are you looking for more information before you start your dental implant procedure? Dr. Michael Han and at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry can evaluate your teeth’s condition and thoroughly advise you regarding implant-supported dentures. To schedule your quick appointment, contact the clinic today.