Implant Supported Dentures
Dentures are artificial substitutes used to replace all or some of the lost teeth and adjoining tissues to maintain function, health and esthetics of the tissues. So in simple words dentures help to replace lost teeth. A complete denture is a dental prosthesis that replaces all the teeth and contiguous oral tissues in order to help restore the function, health and the appearance of the patient. Complete dentures can be made for the lost upper and the lower teeth. Under certain circumstances only the upper or the lower denture is made and this is called a single denture.
Complete dentures fabricated before the extraction of the teeth and inserted soon after the extraction are called immediate complete dentures.
Partial dentures are made to replace few missing teeth with healthy teeth remaining , temporary acrylic and permanent cast partial dentures are also available.
All dentures are made of a denture base and teeth. The denture base is usually made of acrylic resin, which is usually colored pink to resemble the oral gum tissues. The teeth are made of acrylic resins, which is the most preferred. Teeth are available in various sizes, forms and colors to suit the needs of the patients.
What is an Implant-Supported Denture?
An implant-supported denture is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums. You may want to consider an implant supported denture if you are unhappy with the performance of your existing denture. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. These attachments allow you to easily bite and chew your food and prevent your dentures from falling out while eating, talking or laughing. Implant-supported dentures can be made for both the upper and lower jaw. An implant-supported denture for your upper covers less of your palate (roof of your mouth) than a regular denture, greatly increasing your ability to taste and enjoy foods. Implant-supported dentures require at least two implants for support. These dentures are removed daily to clean the denture and gums and nightly for sleeping. If you would prefer a more permanent option then fixed crown and bridgework can be made on implants that can’t be removed.
There are two kinds of implant-supported dentures. These are bar- or ball-retained dentures. In both cases, the dentures will be very similar to your present acrylic dentures. Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to this base.