Dentures, Implant Overdenture, Implant Retained Dentures | Leander

Dentures can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. Traditionally they are a removable prosthetic that you can put in or take out of your mouth. If you’ve lost some or all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing those teeth will enhance your smile and your health in general. This is due to the fact that dentures make it easier to eat and speak.

When you lose your teeth, facial muscles tend to droop, giving you that aged look. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They are fabricated to closely resemble your normal gum and teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures usually will improve your smile esthetically as laboratories will fabricate them to mimic the ideal shape and form of the ideal smile.

Implant Dentures

We have covered conventional dentures which rests on your gums or may be hooked on to your natural teeth, implant-supported dentures are dentures held in place by implants. Implants attach to a surgically-fixed titanium screw integrated to the jawbone. Once your dentist determines if you’re a good candidate for implants, including having sufficient jawbone, they will determine which of the two types of implants to use.

Bar-retained: a thin metal bar attaches to two to five implants in the jawbone. Clips or similar types of attachments fix the denture to this bar.

Ball-retained: Ball-retained dentures, also called stud-attachment dentures, usually contain sockets that fit onto ball-shaped connectors on the implants.

Dental Implant Denture

Implant Denture Process

According to the Mayo Clinic, the type of implant and the condition of the jawbone will determine how the dental implant surgery is performed. Dental implant surgery may involve several procedures occurring over many months. While it may sound intensive, the primary benefit of implant-supported dentures is the reliable support, as opposed to the slippage or bone damage that a fixed bridgework or dentures can bring.

Implant Dentures | Initial Consultation

Our implant general dentist who has advanced training in the placement and restoration of dental implants will meet with you for an initial consultation to review expectations and step by step what is to come. The following will be conducted at this consult.

  • Review medical and dental histories.
  • Take X-rays and create impressions of your teeth and gums.
  • Possibly ordering a CT scan to identify sinus and nerve placements as well as determine how much bone is available.

Implant Dentures | First Surgery: Placement of Implants

Step 1: The patient is anesthetized in the area where the dental implants will be placed.

Step 2: An incision is made in the gum where the implant will be placed.

Step 3: A hole is drilled in the bone.

Step 4: The implant is placed into the hole, and the surgical area is stitched closed.

Once the implants are placed, it is imperative that your bone and the implant integrate and heal adequately. you will require constant pressure of the area which is achieved by fabricated a temporary denture beforehand. You will use this prosthesis to maintain that constant pressure as well as for eating and looking good. 

Implant Dentures | Second Surgery: Exposure

Step 1: An X-ray determines if the implant has fused with the bone.

Step 2: The patient is anesthetized in the area of the dental implant area.

Step 3: A small incision is made in your gum to expose the tops (heads) of the implants.

Step 4: We place a healing cap over the implant so that the gum will heal in the proper shape around the implant for the appointment where we attach the denture. 

These healing caps will be in place for ten to fourteen days. In the meantime, we will take an impression of your gum tissue and abutments to make the denture framework and teeth.

Implant Dentures | Denture Try-In

Finally the day has come! The metal bar or the implant retained denture will be fitted on the abutments. 

Step 1: The denture is made and placed and secured onto the bar or ball attachments.

Step 2: The denture is clipped onto the bar or snapped onto the ball attachments.

At this point you are ready to enjoy your new teeth! Unlike the traditional removable denture. These implant dentures are fixed on the bar or ball which will give you superior biting power.