Implant supported dentures are snapped into place on top of dental implants. This provides a secure fit and hold, eliminating looseness or slipping without the need for paste or adhesives. Implant supported dentures are designed so that they can be removed for regular cleaning, or you can opt for fixed implant supported dentures, which function as permanent teeth.
Implant-Supported Dentures in Lafayette, LA, allow you to obtain the appearance of your natural teeth, using dentures, without sacrificing stability or comfort. Implant-supported dentures are one of the many dental restoration options offered by Dr. James Finley, D.M.D., M.S.
Patients who get dentures often complain of inefficient adhesives that cause slipping and shifting of the dentures when eating as well as embarrassing clicking noises when talking. Speaking can be affected an confidence in social situations often keep people from doing the things they enjoy. Dentures supported by implants can correct these issues.
Implant-supported dentures, or dentures supported by implants, begin with dental implants. Titanium posts are implanted into the jaw and fuse with the bone, creating a secure bond similar to that of the tooth root and jaw bone. Once this is complete the next step depends upon the type of dentures supported by implants design you have selected.
Ball-Retained Dentures Supported by Implants: This type of implant-supported dentures use a ball and socket method of attachment. The posts of the dental implants are fitted with the ball design while the dentures are given the corresponding socket. The dentures are then snapped into the place.
Bar-Retained Dentures Supported by Implants: With this method of implant-supported dentures, a metal bar is attached to the posts of the dental implants and then clips or clasps are used to attach the dentures.
Dr. Finley will conduct an initial exam to help you determine whether implant supported dentures are right for you. This consultation for dentures supported by implants includes an evaluation of necessary x-rays and a review of your medical and dental history. A dental mold will be taken from so a temporary denture (if needed) and surgical guides for your implant supported denture procedure can be made. If you don't already have a denture to wear, it is often necessary to wear a temporary prosthetic while the implants heal, a process that typically takes three to six months after the initial surgery. A second surgical appointment may be necessary to expose the tops of the implant to make them accessible for connection to the dentures. The third and final appointment allows attachment of the dentures to the implants, giving you the stability of dentures supported by implants. In some cases, all this can be accomplished in as little as one appointment!
To learn how dentures supported by implants can increase your quality of life, contact a member of Dr. Finley's dental team now for a consultation.