Woodland Hills Implant-Supported Dentures – Southern Cal Smiles
As the name suggests, implant-supported dentures are appliances that attach to the top of several implant posts. Dentists recommend implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures because the implants enhance the stability of the appliance, among other benefits. Dr. Fredericks offers her Woodland Hills dentistry patients a range of quality restorations, including implant-supported dentures.
Improving Your Smile with Implant-Supported Dentures
Dentures are dental appliances for people who have lost most or all of their remaining teeth. Partial dentures can fit in between remaining teeth, and complete dentures replace an entire arch of upper and/or lower teeth.
Dentures are made of porcelain or acrylic teeth attached to a pink acrylic base that resembles gums. Cosmetically, dentures restore the appearance of a full set of teeth. They prevent the facial structure from sagging after the teeth have fallen out. Partial dentures also keep the remaining teeth from shifting around in the mouth. Functionally, dentures enable you to eat and speak comfortably.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures
Conventional dentures sit on the surface of the gums. Implant-supported dentures are attached to implant posts that are placed in the gums; the denture appliance snaps onto the top of the implant posts. Implant-supported dentures are more stable and reliable than traditional dentures. The implant posts stimulate the jawbone to prevent it from deteriorating because of lack of use.
Types of Implant-Supported Dentures
Before your implant-supported dentures are placed, Dr. Fredericks will help you decide which type is best for your needs. There are two types of implant-supported dentures:
- Bar-retained dentures are supported by a thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw and is anchored to two to five implant posts. The denture clips onto the metal bar.
- Ball-retained dentures are supported by ball-and-socket-shaped attachments on the bottom of the denture and top of the implant posts.
Placing Implant-Supported Dentures
The first step of the placement process is the implant portion. Dr. Fredericks or an oral surgeon will place the implant into healthy bone. You will wait several months before the next step, allowing your gums and the implant post to attach and integrate. During the next step of the process, Dr. Fredericks or the oral surgeon exposes the tops of the implant posts and attaches the abutments, or pieces that will connect the denture appliance to the implant posts.
Dr. Fredericks will have you try the denture on to check for its comfort and fit. If everything looks good, she will secure the denture to the bar or ball attachments. Dr. Fredericks will also explain how to clean and care for your dentures. If you haven’t worn dentures before, there may be a short period of adjustment as you learn to chew and speak with them in.
Contact Southern Cal Smiles
If you are interested in implant-supported dentures and would like more information, please contact Dr. Fredericks to schedule a one-on-one consultation. Call or email Southern Cal Smiles today.