Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable and stable than traditional dentures. They offer you better functionality as well as numerous health benefits. Traditional dentures often slip out of place and make embarrassing noises when you are eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures, however, do not. They are held firmly in place for a more natural function and appearance. Dentures supported by implants are also more comfortable, fit better, encourage growth and preserve your facial structure.
Implant supported dentures are usually placed in your lower jaw where stability is needed most. They can, however, be placed anywhere. Once the implants have been put in place, there is a three to six month waiting period while they stabilize. Once this happens, the dentures are attached to your implants using one of two methods:
Bar-Retained Dentures Supported By Implants
A metal bar is constructed to run along your gum line and then attached to your implants. The dentures are then secured to the metal bar using clips or other attachments.
Ball-Retained Dentures Supported by Implants
These use a ball and socket method to hold your dentures in place. Typically, your implants are fitted with a ball-like attachment while your dentures are fitted with sockets. In this way, your dentures can snap in and out of place easily.
All-on-Four Implant Supported Dentures
The All-on-Four solution is designed for those with a limited amount of bone in their jaw and is an alternative dental implant solution that maximizes the use of available bone for immediate use with just four implants! The All-on-Four technique has a 98.5 percent success rate at the four-year follow-up and has been available for over ten years.
All-on-Four Implant Technique
The All-on-Four Technique is specifically designed to use only four implants that are available for immediate function. All-on-Four implants do not typically require bone grafting, so they are an ideal solution if you have areas of low bone density or volume. Four dental implants will be placed according to where your bone volume is best. Once the implants have been placed, your new or existing denture is used as the framework for a temporary set of teeth that will be attached that day. Once the bone has fully integrated with the implant (3-6 months), your temporary teeth are removed, and your new, final set of teeth are made and anchored into place permanently.
Benefits of All-on-Four
- Minimal recovery time
- No need for bone grafting, in most cases
- Easy oral hygiene and home care
- Ability to eat and enjoy all foods
- No more frustrating removable appliances
- Long-term results
- Bone level stabilization
- Greater self-confidence and overall quality of life
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