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Implant Retained Dentures

Implant Retained (Supported) Dentures are a great alternative and a better solution to traditional dentures in terms of comfort, functionality, and value, as they are more stable and securely anchored using two or more dental implants. If a person doesn’t have sufficient bone in the jaw to support dental implants, he or she may not be a good candidate for this kind of denture. Therefore, addressing missing teeth as soon as possible is in one’s best interest. Implant retained dentures are a great solution for patients who need all or most of their teeth replaced and can be made for either upper or lower jaw.Implant Retained (Supported) Dentures are a great alternative and a better solution to traditional dentures in terms of comfort, functionality, and value, as they are more stable and securely anchored using two or more dental implants. If a person doesn’t have sufficient bone in the jaw to support dental implants, he or she may not be a good candidate for this kind of denture. Therefore, addressing missing teeth as soon as possible is in one’s best interest. Implant retained dentures are a great solution for patients who need all or most of their teeth replaced and can be made for either upper or lower jaw.

There are two main options for patients to choose from:- Removable Implant Retained dentures fitted with special snaps that attach to the implants- Fixed-in Permanent Implant Retained dentures

Ball Attached Denture

The Removable Implant Retained overdenture, or snap-in denture, is made with top grade acrylic and has special snaps that hold it firmly in place, so there will be no slippage or need for dental adhesives, as with regular dentures. More economical as an option, it is made with 2 or more implants and a removable overdenture appliance. This type of dentures will give you up to 60 percent of the chewing power of natural teeth, while traditional dentures provide only 10 percent chewing power. Periodic appointments for denture adjustments are still necessary, as the existing tissue and bone that support the denture changes over time. For the upper jaw, a snap-in denture requires a minimum of 4 implants.

Bar Attached DentureEven though having an overdenture with just 2 available implants is a great improvement to a regular denture, having at least 4 implants is certainly more desirable. The Bar Attached Denture, which involves placing 4 to 6 implants connected with a custom-made support bar, is also a fully implant-supported removable option. The thin metal bar follows the jaw line between the implants to which it is attached. Many patients prefer this alternative as it eliminates the rubbing, loosening, and discomfort associated with traditional removable dentures.

Screw Retained Denture

The Screw Retained Dentures provide the perfect mix of natural-tooth functionality, security, and appearance. They are installed with 4 or more metal implants, and patients who opt for this permanent solution need to have healthy jawbone to support them. A screw-retained denture is a completely fixed bridge that is not removable by the patient but can be removed by the dentist. This type of denture is also known as Hybrid Denture, or Fixed Hybrid. It doesn’t touch the gum tissue, which allows you to clean under the denture without removing it. This denture replaces all of the missing lower teeth.

What If I’m Missing All Of My Upper Teeth?

Usually, the implant retained dentures are made for the lower jaw, since the regular dentures tend to be less stable there. However, patients can receive implant supported dentures in either the upper or lower jaw. For the upper jaw, all of the above options are available, except that people often need more implants to support their new replacement teeth, because the bone in the upper jaw is not as hard as that in the lower jaw.

How Successful Are Implants?With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, and their average success rate is 97%. Teeth restored with dental implants don’t get cavities, but they still require the same care—brushing, flossing, and maintenance as regular teeth. Regular checkups and cleaning are necessary. A healthy diet and lifestyle is also a factor. Dental implants help stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. In some cases, bone grafting may be required to rebuild the bone for successful placement of implants.

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Immediate Dentures

An immediate denture is one that is fabricated prior to the natural teeth extraction and inserted into the mouth immediately following the extraction procedure. An immediate denture may be complete (full) or partial.

While having an immediate denture placed in the mouth right after the surgery may seem odd, it helps with the healing process a great deal:

– it helps control the post-surgical swelling and should be worn without removing for 3 days
– it prevents harmful bacteria from entering the wounds and causing an infection
– it allows the patient to feel confident while interacting with others
– it helps the patient re-establish the speech pattern ahead of time before the permanent dentures are placed
– it helps preserve, maintain, and support the soft tissue and contours of the face during the healing process
– immediate dentures can look very good and improve patient’s look and smile
– it helps process (chew) the soft food, aiding the digestive system

While your dentist and the dental lab will strive to make a perfect fit for your immediate denture(s), some minor adjustments may be required, because of the unpredictability of the post-surgical bone reshaping and soft tissue shrinkage. Since the original impressions for an immediate denture are taken before the removal of the teeth, a soft temporary reline material may be used to refit your denture, if needed, during the healing process. It takes up to six months for the tissue to heal completely and finalize the permanent dentures.

Wearing an immediate denture may seem like a challenge and requires patience. The tong getting used to the “bulky” teeth, the feeling of not having adequate room inside the mouth, practicing certain sounds, irritable gums, difficulty chewing, and not being able to eat your favorite foods—this is to be expected during the healing process.

Our friendly staff at CV Dental care will answer all your questions and find the best possible solutions to make your smile perfect.

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Dentures

A denture is a partial or complete set of artificial (false) teeth and gum tissue fabricated and shaped to one’s mouth to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue.

Edentulism (loss of teeth) is present throughout human evolution, and early dentures made of animal and human teeth were being constructed as far back as 700 BC in Northern Italy.

Getting dentures made to replace missing teeth, however, dramatically increases with the industrialization of England in the late 1800s, when British per capita sugar consumption increases 500%. False teeth were made from ivory, porcelain and even dead men human teeth.

In the 20th century, new technologies and materials in dentistry allowed for a much better quality and lower priced dentures.

Most dentures today are made of acrylic resin, porcelain, or combination of both. Traditionally, porcelain was preferred because of its durability, translucent and natural appearance. Porcelain is better used for full dentures, as it can wear down the natural teeth on contact over a period of time. Another disadvantage of porcelain dentures is that they can break easily if dropped on a hard surface. Today’s acrylic dentures are safe, naturally looking, high quality, and comfortable to wear. They could be as strong as porcelain dentures and are made from the best advanced materials possible. They’re a better choice for people with less gum tissue as they provide more support.

Over a period of time, the gum tissue in the mouth and the bony ridges, which used to hold the teeth, change due to the lack of teeth. When dentures are placed on these ridges, they compress on the underlying tissue, resulting in loss of bone and gum volume. This process is known as resorption or atrophy (wasting of the bone), which is an ongoing process. Therefore, it is recommended to replace your dentures every 3-6 years. When your dentures don’t fit comfortably in your mouth, it is important to call your dentist and having them relined.

The two main types of dentures are full and partial. In addition, there are: immediate dentures, custom dentures, snap in dentures, implant supported dentures, over dentures and economy (generic) dentures.

Our dentists at CV Dental Care will evaluate your oral health and discuss your options in getting the best possible solution to restore your smile.

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