What Are Implant Dentures?
Unlike removable dentures that rest on the gums, implant dentures affix to implants attached directly to the jawbone. They are more common in the lower jaw, which offers a less stable support for dentures than the upper jaw offers.
The implant replaces the hidden part of your tooth, the root, and secures to the jawbone while remaining invisible above the gum line. Typically made of titanium due to its lightweight, biocompatible construction, the implant integrates with your jawbone over time, in a process called osseointegration. The denture attaches directly to the implant, commonly known as fixed dentures, implant dentures, or overdentures.
The Benefits of Implant Dentures
One of the main benefits of implant dentures is their stimulation of your jawbone, which helps slow bone loss and often stops it altogether. This type of denture is also more stable, making it easier to chew your food properly, which helps your body digest it more efficiently.+
The Implant Denture Procedure
The doctor begins with x-rays and dental impressions, and determines whether you have enough bone tissue to support implants. If not, you receive a bone graft to supplement the natural jawbone.
To create the implant, the doctor makes an incision in the gum tissue, attaches the implant, and then closes the incision. Over the next three to six months, the area heals and the implant integrates with the jawbone. After healing completes, the doctor performs the next step, making an incision to expose the implant. Next, your dental surgeon attaches the abutment and takes a gum tissue impression, used to create the dentures. Finally, the doctor attaches the completed dentures.