For many patients with tooth loss, traditional dentures are a good solution to maintaining and restoring your teeth. Although it may take some time for patients to adjust, dentures should not cause long lasting irritation, or issues with speech or eating due to excessive movement. Ill-fitting dentures can cause severe soreness and swelling of the gums which can lead to ulcerations and infections.
A common solution to stabilize dentures is through the use of dental implants. An implant-supported denture is an overdenture that is sustained by and fastens to implants. This type of denture is used when an individual doesn’t have teeth in the jaw, but still has bone to support the structure of implants.
There are two types of implant-supported dentures:
- Bar-retained dentures - This process involves placing a small metal bar to the outline of your jaw and attaches to the implants in your jaw. Attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
- Ball-retained dentures - Implants in the jawbone grips the metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. This method uses a ball-and-socket design which attaches dentures to the implants placed within the gums. The denture and the implants connect and lock in where the ball and sockets join to ensure a secured fit.
If you are experiencing any discomfort or pain with your current set of dentures or would like to learn more about implant-supported dentures, we encourage you to contact GPOMS at 913-780-3100 or make an appointment on our website today.
Posted on Wed, September 16, 2015
by Great Plains OMS filed under