What are dentures secured by implants?
Dentures secured by implants are anchored dentures held in place with permanent metal screws or posts. The metal posts are also called tooth implants or dental implants. Tooth implants can be used in many different ways. In this post, we describe one application for tooth implants; the sturdy base for securing a denture to either the upper or lower arch.
How are the posts inserted?
The implants are first surgically implanted into the jaw bone.
The patient is then given time to heal with the posts in place. In the months after implantation, the post integrates with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration.
Once healed, the dental implant recipient returns for a final fitment of his/her new permanent dentures.
Who is a good candidate for dentures secured by implants?
When contemplating whether to get implant-secured dentures, standard dentures, or some other restoration option, the number of teeth missing will be a determining factor. If you have suffered excessive tooth loss but still have good bone then you may be an appropriate candidate.
For individuals with one or two missing teeth, an implant for each missing tooth may be a better option. Each post would have an abutment (connecting piece) and crown affixed.
People with three or four adjacent missing teeth may consider two implants bonded to a dental bridge. This configuration is similar to the way dentures are secured but the bridge covers less gum tissue at the location.