Implant-supported dentures differ from conventional dentures in how they attach to your mouth and gums. Full and partial dentures rest on your gums and are either adhered to your gums, or are attached to surrounding natural teeth by clips.
Implant-supported dentures are prosthetics held in place by dental implants. As a result, they offer a more permanent solution to denture therapy. Implants attach to your mouth via an artificial root that consists of a titanium screw that your dentist surgically embeds into your jaw bone.
The Procedure for Implant-Supported Dentures
Your dentist in Lakeland, FL, will examine your mouth and tooth structure to ensure implants will work for you. First, you will need sufficient bone structure for the implant to remain firmly attached. Next, your dentist will locate several points along your jaw and, at each point, will secure a titanium root to the bone.
Then, you may need to allow some time for your jaw to integrate with the screw. This process is called osseointegration, where the root actually combines with the bone.
In the meantime, your dentures are custom-designed with attachments that snap onto the implants to hold them securely in place.