Denture implants are similar to dental implants in that a titanium metal “root” is inserted into the jaw bone. Unlike dental implants however, these titanium posts do not affix to permanent artificial teeth but rather they are used to hold a set of dentures firmly and securely in place.
Dentures snap into place over ball shaped fixtures. This results in a tight fitting, comfortable denture without the need for messy adhesives or relying on suction. For most patients, denture implants are best way to avoid slippage short of having permanent dental implants.
Traditional dentures can take some getting used to. If dentures become lose, they can cause embarrassment and even physical discomfort and soreness as a result of them rubbing against the gums. Speaking and eating can also be awkward with dentures that just don’t seem to want to stay where they belong.
If you are not comfortable with your traditional dentures – or the idea of getting them – denture implants may be a good alternative.
The main difference between denture implants and dental implants is the prosthesis on the denture implants are removable. You must take them out for cleaning and they are not permanent teeth.
Dental implants hold permanent artificial teeth and can last the patient for as long as they live. Depending on the number of teeth being replaced, dental implants can also be more expensive than denture implants.
Denture implants will make your dentures fit more tightly and securely which often results in increased comfort and confidence for the wearer. If your current traditional dentures do not fit as tightly as you’d like them to, denture implants might be your solution.
Before conducting any of our dental procedures, we will examine your mouth to make sure that you are a good candidate. As long as you are in good general health, there is a good chance that denture implants can work for you.
Denture implants require four implants at the top, and two to four at the bottom to hold a full set of dentures. The posts above the gum line are ball shaped and your dentures can literally snap into place. We will then ensure that your dentures fit perfectly so that they do not cause difficulty when speaking or chewing. The entire procedure can usually be done in about an hour.
Before having any procedure it is worth considering whether or not it is the best one or if another (such as dental implants) would be more appropriate. Book a consultation today and one of our professional, caring oral surgeons can discuss your options with you and help you determine what choice makes the most sense for you. Our ultimate goal is helping you achieve the best oral health and smile possible.
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In this procedure multiple implants are placed. The implants are left to heal for a few months; exact time will depend on the quality of the bone in which the implant is placed. A custom metal framework is imbedded in the Overdenture prosthesis. The Overdenture firmly secures itself with snaps to the ball attachment/implant assembly for easy maintenance and removal.
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In this procedure multiple implants are placed. The implants are left to heal for a few months; exact time will depend on the quality of the bone in which the implant is placed. Four implant support abutments are secured into the bone and the denture appliance is then seated securely in place.
In this procedure 2 ball implants are placed. The implants are left to heal for a few months; exact time will depend on the quality of the bone in which the implant is placed. The new ball implant will support the denture appliance to prevent it from slipping or coming dislodged.