We Provide Implant-Supported Dentures in Austin
Compared to traditional dentures that are held in place by the natural suction of the gums, implant dentures are supported by the permanent fixture of dental implants. Implant-retained dentures have a bite comparable to natural teeth because they hold your dentures firmly in place.
Ideal Candidates for Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are usually used when the patient has no teeth in the jaw, but has sufficient bone in the jaw to provide implant support.
Implant dentures are typically made for the lower jaw because normal dentures are less stable there. In most cases, a traditional denture designed to fit the upper jaw is quite stable on its own without requiring the extra support provided by implants. That said, you can still opt for implant-supported dentures for the upper or lower jaw.
How is it done?
In the procedure, titanium implants or posts – with integrated ball-tops – are inserted into the jaw, where the bone heals around them. If you already have a denture, it will be modified so it sits comfortably over the implants during the healing phase.
The procedure typically takes one hour, and can be performed under local anesthesia.
An implant-supported denture snaps onto the attachments on the implants. So, it is secure, but is still removable for cleaning through a simple "snap'. The dentures should be cleaned daily, just like with regular dentures, plus you should not sleep with them at night.
However, some people tend to get a permanent crown and bridgework that cannot be removed. So, your dentist will consider your specific needs when suggesting fixed or removable options.
Types of Denture Implants
There are two types of dentures, though they are both made of an acrylic base that resembles your gums, and acrylic or porcelain teeth that resemble your natural teeth attached to the base. Both also require a minimum of two implants for support.
1. Bar retained dentures – a thin metal bar is attached to 2-5 implants placed in the jaw bone. It follows the curve of your jaw, and is fitted with clips or other attachments to securely clip the denture.
2. Ball-retained dentures – each implant holds a metal attachment (ball shaped) that fits into another attachment (socket) on the denture.
Benefits of denture stabilization through implants include:
- Restoration of proper chewing, allowing a better diet and better health
- Improved speech and confidence
- Higher comfort and less irritation of your gum tissues
- Eliminates the cost and inconvenience of denture adhesives
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Can utilize your current denture
Consult with Our Implant Dentists Today!
Every patient is different, and the results for the procedure may vary. Our trained oral surgeons will help you determine whether denture stabilization with implants is right for you.
Please call our office today on 512-872-3658 to set up a consultation to find out if implant dentures are right for you.