Implant-Supported Denturesimplant-supported dentures are a set of false teeth that are fixed into place with metal screws that are inserted into the gums.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are designed to replace some or all of the upper or lower teeth, 4-8 screws will be inserted into the jaw bone so the dentures fit securely in place and do not move. Implant-supported dentures are stronger than normal dentures support and this allows the patient to consume foods that regular dentures may not be able to withstand.
To be a viable candidate for implant-supported dentures, the patient will need a sufficiently strong and healthy jawbone. If the jawbone and gums have been severely compromised by trauma, periodontitis, or other issues then the patient may not be eligible for these devices.
Implant-supported may also be referred to as snap-in or snap-on dentures.
Implant-supported Vs. Retained
The implant-supported dentures may also be called a “all-on-4“, “all-on-6“, or “all-on-8“. The numbers are in reference to the number of screws used to support the dentures.
Implant-retained dentures allow you to eat foods as you normally would, except your gums will take more of the impact. These dentures also need to be removed and cleaned every night.
Implant-Supported Dentures Procedure
Inserting The Screws
First, the implants are placed deep into your jaw bone, the jaw will then need to recover fully from this step before moving on to the next step. Recover time will vary depending on the patient, but it will generally be at least a couple months.
Making The Mold
Once the jaw and gums have fully recovered, the dentist will take a mold of your arch which will be used to create the set of false teeth.
Inserting The Dentures
Implant-Supported Dentures – Aftercare Tips
Having false teeth does not mean you don’t have to care for them. Food particles and bacteria can still lead to staining and gum disease. You will want to continue with a regular oral care routine to prevent the build-up of bacteria, gum disease, and bad breath.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Use regular toothpaste (or whichever one your dentist recommends).
- Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Floss each false tooth twice a day.
- Keep up with your regular dental appointments.
- it may also be recommended a good idea to use a water flosser as well.
Implant-Retained Dentures – Aftercare Tips
Pros & Cons Of Implant-Supported Dentures
- Natural-looking and feeling.
- Can resume your daily eating habits without change.
- Implants keep your jaw and gums safe and help protect your gums from the force.
- The patient does not need to remove them in order to clean them.
- Significantly more expensive than traditional dentures.
- Can take months to complete the procedure.
- They need a strong and healthy jaw bone.