What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Unlike typical dentures, which rest on the gums, implant supported dentures are securely held in place by small anchors embedded into the jawbone, known as dental implants.
How do Implant-Supported Dentures Work?
Once the implants are installed through a simple procedure, your dentures can snap into place by attaching to the exposed top of the implants. This is typically done in the lower jaw, rather than the upper, because dentures tend to be less secure on the lower jaw. However, depending on your individual need, an implant-supported denture can also be installed on the upper jaw.
How do I Maintain my Implant-Supported Dentures?
Maintenance of implant-supported dentures is similar to that of typical dentures. You should remove your dentures daily to clean them, as well as the gum area. Remove them before sleep each night as well.
Typically, only a few dental implants are needed to hold dentures in place. The surgical procedure to insert the implants is brief. A small incision is made in the gums and the implants are placed into the jawbone.
The incision heals in a day or two, and over the course of several months, the bone fuses solidly with the implant. Meanwhile Dr. Dixon designs a beautiful new smile with great fit and special clips on the inside of the denture arches. Attachment posts are added to the implants and your new dentures snap into place. If your existing dentures fit well, Dr. Dixon may be able to retrofit them with necessary attachment points.
Are Implant-Supported Dentures Right for Me?
Your dentist will be help you diagnose your situation and present a solution that is best for your oral health. If you are in Gainesville, Georgia, get in touch with Dr. Dixon to schedule an appointment!
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