An Anchored or Implant Supported Denture
At East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery we want everyone to receive treatment that is right for them and this means ensuring we provide options that modern dentistry has to offer. When looking to restore teeth using prosthetic options, the most common options are typically either implants or dentures.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth that fit over the gums using adhesive to stay in place while implants are permanent options that are planted in the jawbone. But did you know that there is a middle ground in the form of implant-supported dentures?
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
An option you might want to consider if you are looking for more functional consistency, but do not want to replace all your missing teeth with single implants is an implant-supported denture. This is a hybrid solution that optimizes both the benefits of comprehensive dentures with that of implants. The simplest explanation for these prosthetic teeth is that they are dentures that snap on to implants, but there is a little more to it than that – in fact, there are multiple types of implant retained dentures.
These are the simplest form of implant dentures. Just two implants on the lower jaw are needed to create enough support for the dentures to attach to. These are removable by the user at will.
Bar Attachment Dentures
Another form of removable implant dentures. Bar attachment dentures involve at least two implants with a metal support bar that runs between the implants. These offer excellent support and are the sturdiest of the removable implant dentures.
Screw retained dentures are very similar to traditional implants in the fact they are not removable at home. At least 4 implants are used where the dentures are attached and further retained with screws. They will require regular maintenance visits to ensure that everything is going well.
Implant Supported Dentures vs Dental Implants
You might be wondering if you are giving up anything by choosing snap-on or screw-retained dentures. The main benefit of traditional dental implants is durability. Traditional implants are meant to be as close to teeth as possible and thus the material used is incredibly strong. The goal with implants is to have them last a lifetime while with implant-supported dentures it is fully expected that you’ll have to replace even screw-retained dentures.
Are you interested in upgrading your dentures, or investing in a new smile? At East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery we want to provide what works best for you. If you would like to make an appointment with us or have questions, you can call our office at (860) 934-7809.