Standard, old-fashioned dentures are almost never stable or comfortable. They are only held in place by your cheeks and tongue and whatever modest suction can be created there. Lower dentures have minimal suction and are held in place primarily by your tongue. As a result, they are very unstable and tend to “float” out of place embarrassingly, when one tries to eat or speak. Also, old-fashioned dentures rest on top of your gums and cause bone loss, which leaves space below the dentures. This can cause complications such as loose fit, slipping, or trapping food particles under the denture. Modern science has brought dental implants to the forefront in dentistry’s quest to provide patients with a stable tooth replacement option. Combining dentures and dental implants, Fort Worth Dental offers implant supported dentures.
Unlike standard dentures, which rest upon your gums, implant-supported dentures are firmly anchored by dental implants and the dentures “snap” into place onto the implants, which are placed in your jaw. This makes it impossible for the denture to slip or come loose in the mouth, eliminating the need for denture adhesives
Bar-Retained Implant supported Dentures
Bar-retained Implant-supported dentures are most frequently used in the restoration of the lower jaw since lower removable dentures are so much less stable.
Here at Fort Worth Dental, with our design for implant supported dentures, three or more dental implants are placed into the jaw bone. A custom-made, precision-fabricated metal bar then runs along the gum line to link all of the implants. The implant supported dentures are designed to rest firmly on the bar, attached with metal clips. This is a good design option for the lower jaw since implant supported dentures eliminate the discomfort associated with traditional removable dentures for the lower jaw.
Ball-Retained Implant Supported Dentures
Ball-retained dentures use a ball and socket appliance. Balls are placed on the dental implants in the jaw bone and the denture has sockets that line up with these balls. The balls and sockets connect, creating an open palate denture. This method of implant supported dentures is even less likely to move around, giving the patient full eating and speaking habits back.
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