Mini Dental Implant System
When a patient has lost all their teeth it can be an emotionally upsetting experience just showing up at the dentist. Some feel that they will just keep their original dentures for life. While this may be tempting it is not the right solution, nor is it going to help the the patient feel better.
There are ever changing and developing technologies and methods that are available to regain the smile once enjoyed with your natural teeth. Over Dentures are one of those.
What are Over Dentures?
Over Dentures are dentures specifically designed to go over Dental Implants. They use the implants and a series of bars to form a solid attachment point for a denture plate. So the Over Denture is a denture to go over Implants.
Typically made of plastic resin, Over Dentures are hard wearing and long lasting and less expensive than Full Bridges, but do not have the same aesthetic appeal as the full bridge. Each have their appropriate uses, and both make use of Implant attachment.
Implant Supported Over Dentures
Implant-supported overdentures or implant dentures are a type of full overdenture that is supported by or attached to dental implants. A regular denture that rests on the gums that tends to fit less firmly. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants providing better retention to the overdentures. An implant supported denture may be done in either the upper or lower jaw.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures
- an implant-supported denture is more stable than a regular denture
- enables individuals to speak more easily
- less worry that denture may become loose or fall out of mouth
- able to eat more types of foods but still avoid chewing hard or sticky foods as they can damage the denture
- feels more natural than a regular denture because the denture no longer covers the roof of your mouth
- removable prosthesis, treatment may be based on the patient's existing conventional denture if wear, function and esthetics permit for certain cases
- dental implant dentures are a less expensive alternative relative to full fixed bridges
There are two types of implant-supported dentures:
Bar-retained : A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar the denture, or to both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
Ball-retained : Each implant that is embedded in jawbone holds a metal stud attachment that fits into another attachment on the overdenture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped that fit into sockets on the overdenture but may be reversed in certain cases.
In both cases, the overdenture is normally made of an acrylic base that will look like gums, with porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth. Bar-retained dentures require at least three implants. Ball-retained dentures need at least two.
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