What is an implant-supported denture ?
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants, while a conventional denture rests on the gums. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. Special attachments are used to snap the denture onto the implants.
Although it is easy to remove an implant-supported denture from the mouth, some patients prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths which cannot be removed. Your prosthodontist will consider your specific needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.
It is important to understand the “behind the scenes” processing that is required for implant-supported dentures. Your prosthodontist has an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and chewing function as well as an artistic talent to produce teeth that are both natural in appearance and esthetically pleasing. This also requires an extensive knowledge of quality dental materials.
At San Diego Prosthodontics, all removable prostheses, whether conventional or implant-supported dentures are fabricated in our in-house dental laboratory. This insures a high degree of quality control as well as timely delivery of prostheses to our patients.
What are the advantages of implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures?
Dental implants provide several advantages when used to anchor implant-supported full bridges and implant-supported dentures. Implants prevent bone loss by transmitting load forces during the chewing process down into the jawbone. The jawbone reacts to this loading by increasing the bone density. Implants are well known in their ability to stop bone loss. With conventional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots begins to resorb(deteriorate). Over time, the dental ridges required to support a conventional denture will shrink, creating a problem with regards to retention and stability of the denture. Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.
Implant supported full bridges and dentures are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing patients to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity. This often results in improved nutrition in many patients.
To see if you are a candidate for an implant-supported denture, please contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Gulbransen or Dr. Recksiedler, both trained specialists in this area of prosthodontics.