As an affordable option between temporary dentures and complete dental reconstruction, implant-supported dentures are over-dentures fixed to the gums by mini implants. For patients with an uncomfortable or loose-fitting denture, stabilizing it with mini implants can be a more comfortable and functional solution.
Mini implants are placed in the jaw, where they are anchored firmly in the surrounding bone. Attachments are placed in the underside of the denture that connects to the implants. When placed in the mouth, the denture snaps onto the implants, keeping it stable and secure.
There are two types of implant-supported dentures: temporary and permanent. You and our doctors at Kenmar Dental can discuss together which will work best for you.
When someone thinks of dentures, they think of removable plastic prosthetics that only fit loosely inside the mouth. At the same time, you may think of complete tooth reconstruction as the only solution for tooth loss. Instead, you can think of implant-supported dentures as an in-between.
The procedure involves placing mini implants into the structure of the jaw itself, a series of titanium posts that drill into the bone structure. In this way, the materials used in the anchor points do not deteriorate or cause decay in the bone. Once the mini implants are put in place, a custom-fit denture is then connected to the posts, giving our patients a dependable smile that feels much more normal and natural than removable dentures. Mini implants can be placed in an area as small as one or two teeth or even as large as nine or ten spaces.
For temporary implant-supported dentures, our dentists can teach you how to detach and reattach them at home. These types of dentures are typically more cost-effective than permanent implant-supported dentures but tend to wear out faster than their permanent counterparts.
As is the case for all dental work, implant-supported dentures are not for everyone. When you speak to our dentists, we can figure out a plan together and discuss if they may not be the right choice:
If you have any questions about whether implant-supported dentures are right for you, please give Kenmar Dental a call and schedule an appointment With an examination and good dental care, we can prepare you for whatever solution is right for you.