An implant-supported denture is a full or partial denture secured by dental implants. In some cases, patients may need several implants to support the dentures. In most cases, dental implants are placed into the jaw and allowed to heal for several months before the patient can receive their prosthesis. Once the bone around the implant has healed, a small metal attachment is placed on the post. This attachment is used to secure the denture to the dental implant.
At Burba Dental Partners, we recommend implant-supported dentures because the implants provide a solid foundation for the denture, allowing for improved stability and retention. This enhances chewing efficiency and speech and eliminates the need for denture adhesives.
The Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures
- Enhanced stability and retention, allowing you to speak and chew with confidence.
- Improved chewing efficiency, enabling you to enjoy a wider variety of foods.
- Reduced irritation and sore spots are often associated with traditional dentures.
- Preservation of bone structure, as the implants stimulate the jawbone and help prevent bone loss.
The Process of Getting Implant-Supported Dentures
The first surgical phase involves the placement of dental implants into the jawbone. This is usually done under local anesthesia or sedation to ensure comfort during the procedure. Our dentist will make small incisions in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone and carefully insert the implants into the predetermined positions. The number and location of the implants will depend on your specific case and the type of denture used. After implant placement, a healing period is necessary to allow osseointegration to occur. Osseointegration is where the jawbone fuses with the implants as it heals, providing a stable foundation. This healing period typically ranges from a few weeks to several months, allowing time for the bone to integrate with the implants.
Once osseointegration is complete, a minor surgical procedure is performed to place abutments on top of the implants. Abutments are small connectors that protrude through the gum line and act as attachment points for the denture. In some cases, abutments may be placed during the initial implant surgery, eliminating the need for a separate procedure.
After the abutments are placed, impressions or digital scans of your mouth will be taken to create a custom-made denture. The denture will be designed to fit securely onto the abutments and provide optimal aesthetics and functionality. Our dentist or prosthodontist will work closely with a dental laboratory to fabricate the denture, ensuring proper fit and appearance.
Once the denture is manufactured, it is time for the final fitting and placement. Your dentist will attach the denture to the abutments, ensuring a precise fit and any necessary adjustments to achieve proper bite alignment and aesthetics. They will also provide instructions on how to care for and maintain your implant-supported dentures.
Implant-supported dentures offer a more stable and comfortable alternative to traditional removable dentures. Visit Burba Dental Partners at 129 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970, or call 978-744-7575 to determine if implant-supported dentures are the right solution for you.