Implant Retained Dentures
As you begin to age, you may experience tooth loss. This can be from tooth decay, poor oral health, or just overall old age. Regardless of the cause of your tooth loss, there is a solution for you. Instead of feeling self-conscious and avoiding smiling for the camera, consider getting implant retained dentures. They are known as a long-term option for tooth loss, as they sit comfortably in the mouth and function as your natural teeth might. Before talking to your dentist about implant retained dentures, there is some information you might want to know about them and the procedure. We’ve outlined these below.
What are Implant Retained Dentures
Implant retained dentures are different from traditional dentures that sit atop your gums. These are attached to your mouth and supported by dental implants. Dental implants are screw-like pieces that get inserted into your jawbone and function similarly to a tooth’s natural root. These dentures are used when there are no teeth in the entire row, either upper or lower, and there is a substantial amount of bone to support implants in the jawbone and mouth.
Traditionally, these dentures are commonly seen for the bottom jaw, as traditional dentures are least stable here. While you can receive upper row of such dentures, it may not be necessary, as the top row of your mouth holds traditional dentures more stable.
Types of Dentures
There are two different types of implant retained dentures. The first kind is known as a bar-retained denture, and the second is called a ball-retained denture.
Starting with bar-retained dentures, these use a thin, metal bar that fits the curve of your mouth. This bar sits atop between two and five dental implants. To connect them to a denture appliance, clips or attachment pieces will be added either to this bar or to the set of dentures.
The second type of dentures is known as a ball-retained denture. These are also called stud-attachment dentures due to the ball joint that the implants have. A minimum of two dental implants are placed in the mouth. These, however, have an attachment piece that is round at the top, known as the male attachment. These click into place with the female attachments, which are sockets in the denture appliance themselves.
Regardless of the type of denture that you and your dentist choose, you’ll have a sturdy pair of dentures to wear!
Caring for your Dentures
Caring for your dentures is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Just as your natural teeth should be brushed regularly, twice per day, to ensure low bacteria growth, the same is true for implant retained dentures. Since these forms of dentures is affixed and essentially click into place, they must be removed for cleaning so that you can reach the underside of them where your gums are, as well as clean around the implants themselves.
Also, be sure to brush, with a soft bristled brush, the artificial teeth themselves. This prevents bacteria buildup on the appliance itself.
Lastly, be sure to avoid sleeping with your dentures in, as this could lead to damage, infection, or poor oral health and hygiene.
Get Implant Retained Dentures Today
If you’re in the market for a set of dentures, consider getting implant retained ones. if your mouth will support them. These dentures are more comfortable and convenient than traditional dentures are.
For more information about implant retained dentures and to determine if you’re a candidate for them, contact Todd Shatkin DDS and schedule a consultation. Here, we’ll review your case and examine you to discuss the best denture options for you! Instead of struggling or being self-conscious throughout your everyday life, get a set of implant retained dentures today.
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