First of all, we should start explaining what a denture is. A denture replaces missing teeth and can be removed and replaced in the mouth. Regularly it takes some time for people to get used to the denture because it doesn’t feel exactly like a natural denture, however nowadays with the advances in cosmetic dentistry the dentures look very natural and are better tolerated than before. Now commonly the dentures consist of an implant, a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. However, there still are regular dentures, which rests on the gums and are not supported by implants.
Nowadays the most common types of dentures are implant-supported dentures because they make the process of dentures easier.
An implant-supported denture is commonly used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw but also has enough bone in the jaw to support the implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, if you decide, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw. An implant-supported denture should be removed daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures,it is not recommended 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, the denture is made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to the base. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for support.
A thin metal bar that follows the curve of the jaw is attached to usually two or five implants that have been placed in the jawbone. Clips or other types of 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 (stud-attachment dentures)
Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped (“male” attachments), and they fit into sockets (“female” attachments) on the denture. In some cases, the denture holds the male attachments and the implants hold the female ones.
Implants commonly are placed in the jawbone at the front of the mouth because there tends to be more bone than in the back of the jaw even if teeth have been missing for some time. It is important to know that not in all cases is like that because when a tooth is lost, the area where the tooth went missing the bone start to get lost. Also, the front jaw doesn’t have many nerves or other structures that could interfere with the placement of implants, that’s what makes it the perfect place.
How long it takes for the implant process depends on many factors. The minimum time is about five months in the lower jaw and seven months in the upper jaw. This time includes surgeries and the placement of the denture. However, the process can last a year or more, especially if the person needs bone grafting or other preliminary procedures.
Usually, two surgeries are necessary. In the first one, the implants are placed in the jawbone under the gums. The second surgery exposes the tops of the implants. The rest of the procedure comes three to six months after.
A one-stage procedure is now commonly used. In this procedure, the dentist can place the implants and the supporting bar in one step. The success rate of this procedure is high.
It is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw but has enough bone in the same area to support such an implant. And because we know that in the past dentures did not feel exactly the same as natural teeth, that is why at Dental Easy Care every piece is custom made, in order to make every patient gets a natural look and feel more comfortable than ever.
Some of the benefits of replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance and self-confidence, getting that amazing smile back. Because, remember that without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older, replacing missing teeth will make you eat and speak even more comfortably.