An implant supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants.
An implant supported denture is used when a person does not have any teeth in the jaw but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
Implant supported dentures are usually made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and does not need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
Your implant supported denture will be more stable than a regular denture. You will find it a lot more easy to speak and you will not have to worry about the denture becoming loose. You generally will be able to eat foods you could not eat before. However, you will not be able to chew hard or sticky foods because they can damage the denture.
If you have an implant supported denture in your upper jaw, it can be made to cover less of your palate (the roof of your mouth) than a regular denture, making it far more comfortable. That’s because the implants are holding it in place instead of the suction created between the full denture and your palate.
No, your implant dentures will not decay over time. Implant dentures are made from materials that will last a lifetime. However, in order to maintain your implant dentures, you will need to establish a healthy routine of brushing and flossing. Poor dental hygiene can lead to problems with your gums, and your gums play a major role in the success of your dentures. It’s a good idea to schedule hygiene check-ups to make sure your implant dentures stay in good condition.
During the procedure, no pain will be felt due to local anesthesia. After the procedure is over, a certain level of discomfort is to be expected for up to around 5 days. Any discomfort is manageable and subsides very quickly.
Implant dentures have a success rate of roughly 90% to 95%. There is the possibility that implant dentures may fail, but this is strongly related to oral hygiene routines. If taken care of correctly, implant dentures will last.
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