Dentures are an excellent way to restore your smile, and when used in conjunction with dental implants, they’re even more comfortable and beneficial to your oral health. Dr. Yakobashvili, Dr. Datikashvili, and the team at Glad Dental P.C. in the Bronx, New York, offers implant-supported dentures for patients looking for a denture solution that’s more comfortable and healthy. To learn more, schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
Implant supported dentures are a modern dental technology that keeps your dentures in place with dental implants. While traditional dentures attach to your gums with suction or adhesive, implant supported dentures have a foundation that’s actually fused to your bone structure. This makes them more comfortable and secure than traditional dentures and provides all of the health benefits typically associated with dental implants.
Dental implants are small titanium screws inserted into your jawbone where they function as artificial tooth roots. Your body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, so the implant fuses with the bone as you heal from your procedure, providing a strong and sturdy foundation for your dentures, or any other restoration, like a crown or bridge.
Implant-supported dentures are generally more stable, secure, and comfortable than regular dentures. This makes them easier to eat and speak with and leaves you without having to worry about them falling out of your mouth.
Implant-supported dentures also have significant health benefits, too. Because traditional dentures attach over your gums, they don’t provide any stimulation to your jawbone. The bone in your jaw is living tissue and is there in a constant state of remodeling. This includes a cycle of building up new bone material and breaking down (or resorbing) old bone material. When your jaw is deprived of the stimulation that it normally receives from your tooth roots, it loses more bone tissue than it builds. This leads to a gradual deterioration of your bone tissue, which can give your face a sunken-in appearance.
With implant-supported dentures, however, your jawbone continues to receive stimulation from your dental implants. This helps to prevent bone loss and the sagging of your facial muscles, giving you a more youthful and attractive appearance.
There are two main types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures.
With bar-retained dentures, you get two to five dental implants placed in your jaw that are all attached to a thin metal bar that follows the curve of your dental ridge. Your dentures are then clipped on to that metal bar.
Ball-retained dentures work on a socket system. Each of your implants has a socket that fits into a corresponding socket on your denture.
First, your dentist places your implants. The team makes a tiny incision in your gum, drills a small hole in your jawbone, and inserts the implant. Your implant fuses with your jawbone over the next few months as you heal from the procedure.
Once your implant fuses with your jaw, your dentist performs another procedure to place the abutments, which are tiny posts that connect your implants to your dentures. After you heal from the abutment placement, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to a lab where your dentures are fabricated.
After the lab finishes making your dentures, you come back to Glad Dental P.C. so that your dentist can affix them to the abutments and ensure they fit comfortably. The team makes any necessary adjustments and relines before sending you home with a beautiful and sturdy new smile.
Implant-supported dentures are very easy to care for, and with proper oral hygiene, they’ll last you a lifetime.
Just like your regular teeth, you have to brush your implant-supported dentures daily. You also need to detach your implant-supported dentures and clean all of the parts that connect to the implants in your mouth. Make sure to also clean your mouth, especially around your gums and the areas where your implants are.
You should take your implant-supported dentures out of your mouth when you sleep at night. This helps to prevent infections and the development of other complications.
You can also ensure the health of your mouth and your implant-supported dentures by maintaining regular visits at Glad Dental P.C. Dr. Yakobashvili, Dr. Datikashvili, and the team of dental professionals examine your mouth to make sure that your dentures are still fitting properly and that they aren’t causing any sore spots. They also check to make sure that your gums and oral tissues are in good health.
Your dentist might also take X-rays to get a deeper look at your jaw to make sure that your implants, abutments, and attachments are all in their proper positions and aren’t drifting out of place or getting worn down. You might need to have clips and other attachments replaced every once in a while since they naturally wear out with use.
Get started with your implant-supported dentures today by calling the office or booking a visit online with the Glad Dental P.C. team.