Implant Supported Dentures, Melbourne
Implant-supported overdentures or implant dentures are a type of full overdenture that is supported by, or attached to dental implants.
WHAT IS AN IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURE?
A regular denture rests on the gums and tends to fit less firmly than an implant-supported denture, which has special attachments to snap onto, allowing the implants better retention. An implant-supported denture may be done in either the upper or lower jaw.
PROCEDURE FOR A TOOTH SUPPORTED OVERDENTURE?
- A full exam is required for diagnosis and planning for your implant supported dentures. Study Models and a 3D scan will be performed. The scans are required to show where your sinuses and nerves are, as well as indicate the dimensions of the available bone to determine the best locations for the implants.
- Two surgeries are usually required. The first one places the implants in the jawbone under your gums. The second surgery exposes the tops of the implants.
- The second procedure comes three to six months after the first.
- The implants are usually placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth because there tends to be more bone in the front of the jaw than in the back. This is usually true even if teeth have been missing for some time. Once you lose teeth, you begin to lose bone in that area.
- If you are not already wearing a complete denture to replace your missing teeth, we will make you one. Any extractions of existing teeth are also performed. It will take about four visits, spanning several weeks, to complete this denture.
HOW LONG DOES THE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCESS TAKE?
The time frame to complete the implant depends on many factors. The shortest time frame is about five months in the lower jaw and seven months in the upper jaw. This includes surgeries and the placement of the denture. However, the process can last a year or more, especially if you need bone grafting or other preliminary procedures.
SURGERY PROCESS FOR IMPLANT SUPPORTED OVERDENTURE
- The first surgery involves placing the implants in the jawbone. During the first surgery, an incision is made in the gum where the implant will be placed. A hole is drilled in the bone, the implant is placed into the hole, and the incision is stitched closed.
- After this surgery, you should avoid putting pressure on the implants. Normally, it is advised not to wear the dentures for 2 to 3 weeks.
- After the first surgery, the dentist will wait three or four months if implants were placed in the lower jaw, and five or six months if they were placed in the upper jaw, before scheduling the second surgery. During this time, the bone and the implants integrate, attach and fuse.
- During this time dentures can be made if required.
- Second surgery will happen between 4-9 months later depending on whether dentures need to be made and if teeth extractions need to heal.
- Once the implants have become fused with the bone, the second surgery can be scheduled. This surgery is simpler than the first. A small incision is made in your gum to expose the tops (heads) of the implants.
- A healing cap (collar) is placed on the head of each implant after it is exposed. This guides the gum tissue to heal correctly. The denture will be adjusted and the reline material will secure the denture to the healing abutments.
- The healing caps will then be replaced with regular abutments. Your gums should now be healed enough for your dentist to make an impression of your gum tissue and abutments. The denture will then be relined in a laboratory. You now have the option to keep using the existing denture or have a new one made.
How to Care for Your Implant-Supported Denture
You will need to remove the denture at night for cleaning. You should also carefully clean around the attachments.
Even though your denture is stable, it can still move slightly when you chew. This slight movement can cause the denture to rub against your gums, which can cause sore spots. Your dentist will check your gums and will also check the way your top and bottom teeth come together after insertion of the denture.
The clip or other attachments on the bar-retained denture usually need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months. They are made of a plastic material and will wear after continued use.
Advantages of a Implant-Supported Denture?
Your implant-supported denture will be more stable than a regular denture. You will find it easier to speak and you won’t have to worry about the denture becoming loose or falling out of your mouth. You generally will be able to eat foods you could not eat before. If you have an implant-supported denture in your upper jaw, it can be made to cover less of your palate (roof of your mouth) than a regular denture. That’s because the implants are holding it in place instead of the suction created between the full denture and your palate.
FULL ARCH DENTAL IMPLANT OPTIONS
Advantages of a Fixed Dental Porcelain Bridge
- A Fixed Porcelain Bridge implant procedure requires the placement of 6 to 8 dental implants. One of the major reasons a porcelain bridge is a popular treatment option, is because it’s the closest one can get to the feel of natural teeth.
- With fixed dental bridges, you can eat and function like having natural teeth. This is a solid, stable solution that will serve to preserve your facial appearance and smile. This involves the placement of 6-8 implants and the fabrication of a porcelain bridge.
Advantages of a Hybrid Denture Bridge
A hybrid bridge, sometimes referred to as ‘hybrid denture’ requires the placement of 4 to 6 implants which a non-removable prosthesis is attached to. It is designed to replace all teeth and can be used to replace existing dentures. It is ideal for people who have had removable prostheses (dentures) for a long period of time or are lacking in remaining bone structure.
A Hybrid dental treatment solution not only replaces missing teeth but also helps restore lost soft tissue contour. People with a history of gum disease will often need extra lip and facial support.
This involves the insertion of 4-6 implants and a fabrication of a bridge that is permanently fixed.
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