By Patrick Casey on September 24, 2013
Having a good set of teeth not only provides you with a luminous smile, but it also serves important functional purposes like eating and talking. When you lose teeth, your mouth loses its ability to function at full capacity. Fortunately for our Montreal denture patients, cosmetic dentists provide several dental options such as dentures supported by dental implants to restore your teeth and your confidence.
Implant-supported dentures are anchored in place by dental implants. This technique differs from traditional dentures that rest on the gums, are not supported by attachments, and are removable. Implant-supported dentures are a good option for patients that are experiencing significant tooth loss in the jaw yet have enough remaining jawbone to be able to successfully support implants. Dental implants are more comfortable, stable, and aesthetically appealing than removable dentures. Dental implant patients enjoy natural-looking, high-functioning teeth that allow patients to be able to partake in a wide variety of activities from talking and laughing to eating and drinking without having to worry about their teeth.
Types of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implants-supported dentures can either be bar-retained or ball-retained:
- Bar-retained dentures entail attaching two to five implants in the jawbone. A thin metal bar that follows the curvature of the jawline is then attached to the implants, fitting over the bar and securely clipping into place by the attachments.
- Ball-retained dentures involve each implant in the jawbone holding a metal ball-shaped attachment that fit into an attachment on the denture.
Your cosmetic dentist will discuss your particular needs and preferences and help you determine which type of implant-supported denture is best suited to you.
Implant-Supported Dentures Procedure
The implant-supported denture procedure is typically accomplished with two different surgeries: The first surgery places the implant in the jawbone under the gum. The second surgery generally takes place three to six months after the first, and involves exposing the tops of the implants to attach the dental abutment.
However, some cosmetic dentists are now utilizing the most recent developments in cutting-edge technology to successfully place the implants and their supporting attachments all during one, easy procedure. Talk to your cosmetic dentist to discuss which options are available to you.
Caring for Your Implants
Once your implants are in place, you should make sure to practice exceptional daily oral hygiene. It is also important that you schedule regular check-ups with your cosmetic dentist, as well as professional teeth cleanings that will help you clean areas that are hard to reach at home.
You will notice the boosted security that your implant-supported dentures provide over traditional dentures. They won’t shift, become loose, or fall out of your mouth and will blend seamlessly into your existing teeth. If you are diligent about maintaining your dentures, they will last you for years to come.
Lean More about Implant-supported Dentures:
You deserve to have a mouth full of teeth that look and feel incredible, as well as perform to the best of their abilities. To learn more about how to regain confidence in the appearance and function of your teeth with implant-supported dentures, schedule a consultation with the capable of staff of Smile Montreal Dentistry today. Our team is waiting to discuss your options, answer your questions, and focus on providing you with a beautiful, healthy set of teeth.
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