An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported and secured by dental implants. A traditional denture rests on the gum and is not supported by implants.
Implant Supported Dentures at Padron Dental in Rockford
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported and secured by dental implants. A traditional denture rests on the gum and is not supported by implants. An implant supported denture can be used if you do not have any teeth remaining in an arch but have enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
The entire team at Padron Dental enjoy helping people in a field where they can apply knowledge, art, science, and beauty. Padron Dental specializes in prosthodontics, which is the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structure. A prosthodontist is highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more. We offer you comprehensive dental care in the convenience of one location utilizing the latest techniques in cosmetic, preventative, restorative, and implant dentistry. Call us today at 815-397-3820 to schedule your appointment to evaluate whether you might benefit from implant supported dentures. We are conveniently located at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107.
You can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw. You should remove an implant supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with traditional dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night.
The Implant Supported Denture Procedure
The implants are placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth because there is more bone in the front of the jaw than in the back. When you lose teeth, you lose bone in the area. The front jaw also does not have as many nerves that could interfere with the placement of implants.
The time frame varies depending on many factors. The process could last a year, especially if you need additional bone grafting. Two surgeries are needed. The first one places the titanium implants in your jawbone. The second surgery, several months later, exposes the tops of the implants.
During your initial consultation, Padron Dental will review your medical and dental histories, take X-rays, and create impressions of your arches so that models can be made. We may order a computed tomography, a CT scan, of your mouth. This shows where your sinuses and nerves are in the upper arch. It allows us to make sure they will not be affected by the implant placement. A CT scan may be done to check bone density and to pinpoint the best locations for the implants. If you are not already wearing a complete denture, we will make you one. You will use this temporary denture until the implant supported denture is finished.
Once the temporary denture is finished, Padron Dental will use a copy of it as a guide to help place the implants in the proper positions. Holes will be drilled in the copy of the denture so that they can see where the implants should be placed.
After the initial surgery for the placement of the titanium implants, you should avoid putting pressure on the implants. The temporary denture will be made so that direct pressure is placed on other areas.
Padron Dental will need to wait several months before scheduling the second surgery. During this time, the jawbone and the implants grow together, integrate, attach, and fuse. This process delivers the natural like stability.
Abutments or extensions are connected to the tops of the implants at the second surgery. In just a few weeks your gums should now be healed enough for your dentist to make an impression of your gum tissue and abutments. The impression is used to make a working model of your abutments and jaw. This model is used to make the final denture framework and teeth.
At this point, if a bar-retained denture has been prescribed for you, then the metal bar is placed on the abutments. You will have a try-in of your new denture framework to see if it fits properly. Once the metal bar and the denture framework have been fitted together properly, the teeth are temporarily placed on the framework in wax. The whole denture is then tried in your mouth. If everything works well, the teeth are secured in the denture framework permanently. The bar or ball attachments also will be secured.
You will have to return to Padron Dental for a final visit to have the completed denture inserted. When the denture is inserted, the denture is clipped onto the bar or snapped onto the ball attachments.
Drs. Cassaro & Nguyen
Dr. Cassaro’s education began at Marquette University, where he earned his BS degree in Biomedical Sciences, with honors. He continued at Marquette University, attending their Dental School where he received his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery.
Dr. Ashley Nguyen is originally from upstate New York. Her first interest in dentistry came from her desire to help others attain a beautiful and healthy smile. This eventually led her to the University at Buffalo where she obtained a BS degree in Biomedical Sciences, with honors. From there she attended dental school at Midwestern University located near Chicago, IL.
The Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
Your implant supported denture will be far more stable and secure than a regular denture. You will find it easier to speak and you will not have to worry about the denture becoming loose. You will be able to eat foods you could not eat before. You will need to be selective with hard or sticky foods because they can damage the denture.
If you have an implant-supported denture in your upper jaw, it can be made to cover less of your roof of your mouth exposing more taste buds. The implants, acting like artificial roots, also deliver biting and chewing pressures as well as temperature change sensations.
How the Implant Supported Dentures Work
There are two versions of implant supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both restorations, the denture tray will be made of an acrylic base that looks like your gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to this base. Both types need at least two implants for support.
- Bar-retained dentures — A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your arch is attached to several implants that have been surgically placed in your jawbone. Clips or another type of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or even both. The denture then fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place with the attachments.
- Ball-retained dentures (stud-attachment dentures) — Each dental implant in the jawbone has an attachment that matches up with another attachment on the denture. The attachments on the implants are ball-shaped, and they fit into sockets on the denture.
Proper Aftercare of Your Implant Supported Denture
You will need to remove the denture at night and for cleaning. You also should carefully clean around the attachments.
We will test all the parts of your new denture to confirm stability. Even though your denture is secure, it can still move slightly when you chew. This slight movement can cause rubbing against your gums, which will cause sore spots. Padron Dental will check your gums and will also check your bite alignment after insertion of the denture.
The clips or other attachments on the denture usually will need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months. They are made of a plastic material and will wear with continued use.
Padron Dental Provides a Dental Experience that is Comfortable and Efficient
The team at Padron Dental will make your visit easy and comfortable. It is important to us at Padron Dental to provide each patient with the best dental experience possible. Therefore, we keep up to date on the latest dental technologies and techniques, to ensure that your implant supported dentures are not only effective, but comfortable as well. Whether you need a dental cleaning and exam or an advanced dental implant procedure, we provide you with compassion and expertise. We have brightened the lives and smiles of many patients. Let us brighten yours! You can find us at 1646 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61107. Or simply give us a call at 815-397-3820 to get your appointment scheduled.