Dentures are the options that are considered to be the best way to replace your teeth. Dentures are known to be prosthetic appliances that resemble your natural teeth and gum. The denture is known to be a removable dental appliance that is used when you suffer from a missing or damaged set of teeth.
What are the uses of dentures?
- Dentures help in restoring your oral functions.
- They help in replacing all of your missing teeth.
- Dentures offer a great way to improve your smile.
- Dentures help in maintaining the shape of your face.
- They help in correcting the bite, making speech easier, and are known to restore chewing ability.
What are the various types of dentures?
The various types of dentures that you can choose from include:
- Complete dentures
- Partial dentures
- Implant-supported denture
Implant-supported dentures are removable dental appliances that use dental implants to support artificial teeth, which replace all missing teeth. This type of denture helps in improving facial contour, restores chewing ability, and also helps in improving speaking ability by moving natural teeth.
Types of Implant-supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures can be divided into two types: complete dentures and immediate dentures.
- Complete Implant-Supported Denture
A complete implant-supported denture is placed when a patient has lost all their natural teeth in the upper or lower jaw. A temporary denture is used until all the implants are placed in the mouth, after which a permanent denture will be fabricated by a dental laboratory. An impression is taken of the upper and lower jaw, which is used as a reference to fabricate the permanent denture. The permanent denture will be checked for fit and adjusted as necessary before being cemented in place on the implants.
- Immediate Implant-Supported Dentures
Immediate implant-supported denture placement is done when a patient has some natural teeth remaining but does not have enough bone support for placing traditional dental implants. In this case, immediate implant-supported dentures are placed on top of pre-existing dental implants, which act as temporary prostheses until permanent ones are fabricated and placed in the mouth. An immediate implant-supported denture will also be checked for fit and adjusted as necessary before being permanently fixed with dental adhesives or screws on top of the existing implants.
How Are Implant-Supported Dentures Placed?
The placement of implant-supported dentures begins with taking accurate impressions of the upper and lower jaw, which will be used to fabricate them from a dental laboratory. The impressions will also help us to determine if any adjustments need to be made before they are cemented in place on top of the dental implants.
Once the impressions have been taken, we will place temporary implants in the jawbone during your next appointment at our dental office. Once these implants heal, we will place an abutment over them to support the placement of an attachment device for your permanent implant-supported denture. During your next appointment, we will check if any adjustments need to be made before your permanent implants are permanently fixed into place with dental adhesives or screws.
What are the advantages of getting an implant-supported denture?
The advantages of getting an implant-supported denture include:
- They offer a long-lasting solution as they are attached to dental implants, which act as artificial roots for your missing teeth.
- This makes them sturdy as well as durable for years, together with proper care and maintenance.
- They help in replacing all missing teeth with artificial ones, thus restoring your complete set of teeth, which is not possible using other kinds of dentures like complete or partial ones.
Please reach out to Dicus Family Dentistry at 15 McCabe Drive, #201, Reno, NV 89511, to have a consultation with our dentist. Call us at (775) 828-7246 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.