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Introduction on Implant-supported Denture

Abstract: There are more and more people who use denture, which is useful for a beautiful appearance. The implant-supported denture is one of the most common used.

What is implant-supported denture?

An implant-supported denture, which is different from regular denture which usually rests on the gums, is supported by implants and must be attached to implants, according to shanghai dental. When there are no teeth in the jaw, but there is enough bone in the jaw, he can use an implant-supported denture, because the bone in the jaw can support implants. There are some special attachments for an implant-supported denture to snap onto them on the implants.

Because regular dentures are less stable, we usually use implant-supported dentures for the lower jaw. In general, if the denture is fit for an upper jaw, then the denture is quite stable, so that there is no need to be supported by implants. On the contrary, it is suitable for implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw. To maintain your denture, you must remove an implant-supported denture daily and clean it and gum area. Remember that do not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night.

How does an implant-supported denture work?

The implant-supported denture can be divided into two types including bar-retained and ball-retained. Both types consist of an acrylic base which looks like gums. And then attach porcelain or acrylic teeth to the base. There must be at least two implants for support for the dentures.

The bar-retained dentures are made by attaching a thin metal bar to two to five implants, which have been placed in your jawbone. In addition, there are clips or other attachments to be fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.

Ball-retained denture needs metal attachment to fit into another attachment on the denture. In general, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped and they are suitable for sockets on the denture.

The implant process

Since there is more bone in the front of the jaw than in the back, dentists usually place the implants in the jawbone that is at front of your mouth. If your teeth lose, the bone in the area may also lose. What is worse, there are not many nerves or structures that can connect with the placement of implants.

There are many factors that can affect the time frame of the implant. The shortest time frame is about five months in the lower jaw and seven months in the upper jaw. However, sometimes the process can last a year or more.

Plublish Date: 2014-07-16

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