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What Are Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures are denture sets that are held in place by a few implants. This leads to a more comfortable experience for the wearer as it prevents the device from shifting when it is worn. That is something anyone who has ever worn dentures will appreciate given how normal it is for conventional dentures to slip. These movements sometimes irritate the soft tissues in the wearer's mouth, leading to cuts and sores. By attaching dentures to implants, the patient's experience is significantly improved.
Who needs implant dentures?
Reasons why a person might opt for implant dentures include:
- They are tired of dealing with the poor stability of traditional implants
- They are looking for a permanent solution for their missing teeth. Some types of implant dentures are permanently attached to implants
- Those who want to avoid the high cost of replacing all of their missing teeth with implants
- People who are tired of having to use dental adhesives
- Those who have a hard time eating or speaking with their dentures
Types of implant dentures
The two popular types of implant dentures are bar-retained and screw-retained
- Bar retained dentures: These type of dentures are attached to a bar that is connected to all of the implants installed. It snaps into place when inserted, and it can be removed just as easily. The implants give the denture significantly improved stability compared to conventional ones
- Screw-retained dentures: These type of dentures are permanently held in place via screws. Once inserted, they can only be taken out by a dentist. There are no special cleaning requirements for these types of dentures. The patient simply needs to take good care of their mouth like they always do
What goes on during the procedure
The process of getting implants starts with the dentist evaluating the patient to see if they are a good candidate for the procedure. The person should have adequate amounts of bone tissue to hold the prosthetic in place. They should also have good general health since it is important for a speedy recovery.
The patient will be given a shot of anesthetic prior to implant installation. The dentist will then drill holes into their jawbone and four to six implants will be inserted in them. A bar or attachments for screws will then be attached to the implant before the patient gets their customized dentures.
Recovering after getting implant dentures
Patients are advised to get lots of rest after getting implant dentures. The surgery sites will be sore for a few days and rest helps to speed up the recovery. Any antibiotics or painkillers prescribed by the dentist should be taken as directed.
It is best to consume a liquid diet for the first couple of weeks after the treatment. Patients can then move on to semi-solid foods until their implants have fused with their jaw. This normally takes around six months.
Ready for a more comfortable type of dentures?
Stop by our LaGrange office to get the process started. Our dentist will evaluate you and determine if it is the best solution for your missing teeth.
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