Implant Supported Dentures

Most people have very strong negative associations with dentures, as many of us still remember our grandparents, and some of them may have had the old kind of dentures, which were sometimes a massive embarrassment. They were fixed with an adhesive that was gooey and nasty, they needed to be taken out overnight and sometimes fell out at always the most inopportune moments. This obsolete method of affixing your dentures is a thing of the past. Read on to find out about what options dental implants have brought to the table.

Dental implants

With dental implants, the dentures in your mouth can be fixed in place. Dental implants go into your jawbone, and usually just hold a crown, or possibly a partial bridge. But they can also hold an entire row of teeth, and can hold dentures with ease, with the help of some extra gear. Here are some of the possibilities:

All on 4

The classic model of dental implant supported fixed denture is the all on 4. This means that there are 4 dental implants strategically placed inside the mouth, and are able to support a row of crowns, the top half of a denture, as it were.

All on 6

Depending on the size of the individual teeth, the strength of the jawbone, and the size of the dental implants, sometimes 6 dental implants are required to support the dentures. This is especially the case with people who either have very strong jawbones and wide jaws, or people who have very frail bones. Strong, wide jaws need 6 dental implants to support the entire denture that is needed to cover all of the teeth. Frail bones might need 6 smaller dental implants, as these will cause less pressure on each individual dental implant, meaning that the jawbones will suffer less.

All on 2

With the help of a click bar or other extra gear that holds the dentures in place, you can get an entire system that goes on only 2 dental implants, one on each quadrant. While this procedure is a little bit more expensive, it is also recommended by doctors, as it is less invasive and needs less surgery. This procedure does require the bones to be in quite good shape, and only robust bones of significant density can be implanted with an all on 2 system.

Before taking any steps, please consult a dental implantologist and see if these solutions are right for you. Such solutions may not be suitable for diabetics, people taking bisphosphonate drugs, suffering from osteoporosis, or any other sort of bone degenerative disease. Ask your dentist if getting dental implants is right for you.