An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants.
An implant-supported denture is used when teeth are completely missing, but enough bone in the jaw is present to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
An implant-supported denture is a removable one and should be removed daily and cleaned. It is necessary to clean the denture and gum area. It is not advised to sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night..
There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, In both cases, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for support.
A thin metal bar is attached to two to four implants that have been placed in your jawbone. The denture fits over the bar and is clipped into place by the attachments.
Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. Mostly the attachment are ball shaped and they fit into attachments on the denture.
The implants usually are placed in the jawbone in the front region.
The time frame to complete the implant depends on many factors. The shortest time frame is about 3 days in lower jaw in single stage cases. Other cases takes 3 months in the lower jaw and 5 months in the upper jaw.
Two surgeries can be needed in two stage cases. The first one places the implants in the jawbone. The second surgery exposes the tops of the implants. The second procedure is performed three to six months after the first.
A one-stage procedure is now used sometimes. In this procedure, your dentist can place the implants and the supporting denture in one step.
The first stage involves a surgery for placing the implants in the jawbone.
After this surgery, you should avoid putting pressure on the implants. The temporary denture can be made so that direct pressure is placed on other areas, not on the implants. It may also be given a soft reline (new lining next to your gums) to help to reduce the pressure on your gums.
After the first surgery we will wait three or four months before scheduling the second stage. During this time, the bone and the implants integrate (attach and fuse).
After 3 months
Denture are made