Implant Supported Dentures
For more information on implant supported dentures do not hesitate to contact us at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery to come see Dr. Gary Orentlicher. There are some important differences to note when looking at the prospect of implant supported dentures over traditional dentures. The main and obvious difference between the two is that while traditional dentures rest against the gums, implant supported dentures are a type of overdenture, which is designed to attach to or be supported by dental implants. Please understand that they are removable dentures, not fixed permanent teeth.
Should You Consider Implanted Supported Dentures?
Dental implants can be used to stabilize removable dentures when a person with no teeth in their jaw(s) still has enough bone to support implants. There will be attachments that will allow your implant supported dentures to clip onto the implants below. They are usually recommended for the lower jaw because traditional forms of dentures are not as stable in this jaw.
Patients typically have more problems with lower dentures than upper dentures. They can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw. In the upper jaw, it is often found that regular or traditional dentures are stable without the added support of implants. Dentures in the upper jaw, without dental implants, will commonly require the denture to cover the roof of the mouth.
Options for Implant Supported Dentures
What are your options for implant supported over-dentures? Are there any different kinds? You may choose from bar-retained dentures or ball-retained dentures. The bar-retained over-dentures are so named due to the thin, metallic bar that clips between 2-5 implants placed in the jawbone. Attachments can be secured to the bar, the denture, or both to attach the denture to the implants securely.
In ball-retained over-dentures, also known as stud-attachment dentures, each implant placed in the jawbone holds an attachment that fits with the attachment in the denture itself. They are known as ball-retained dentures as the 'male' attachment is ball-shaped and fits against the 'female' attachment, which is in the form of a socket.
Are They Right for You?
Implants are generally best placed in the front of the jaw because this location has the most bone, even in cases where the teeth have been missing for a long period. The front of the jaw also has fewer nerves and other structures that could compromise the implant placement. Typically, implants can be placed in one surgical visit. Once the implants are healed, the restorative dentist or prosthodontist will construct the required denture to perfectly fit your mouth.
To assess whether this procedure is right for you, you will be required to see us for an initial consultation. We will look at your dental and medical history, examine your mouth, and x-ray your jaw to see the bone structures in the areas. We may utilize a CBCT scan to look at your jawbone further and make sure that you have the underlying support to use implants for stabilization of your implant supported dentures.
Schedule Your Consultation
To assist you in your decision-making regarding implant supported dentures you can give us a call at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery at (914) 768-8220. We will ensure that your needs are met by our knowledgeable staff.