Regular dentures rest on top of your gums, causing bone deterioration and leaving space that can cause complications such as loose fit, slipping, or clicking sounds. Implant-supported dentures are anchored in the mouth by dental implants in our Concord and Lexington, MA, offices. We often use implant-secured dentures in the lower jaw, while removable dentures are less stable but can also be used in the upper jaw.
Implant-Supported Dentures in Lexington, MA
Implant-supported dentures are snapped into place on top of dental implants. This provides a secure fit and hold, eliminating looseness or slipping without needing paste or adhesives. Implant-supported dentures can be removed for regular cleaning, while fixed implant-supported dentures function as permanent teeth.
Three or more dental implants are placed into the jaw bone when fitting bar-retained dentures. Metal bars then run along the gum line between each of the implants. The denture rests on the bars, attached with metal clips. This structure secures the denture’s placement without needing the steel studs used in ball-retained dentures. Many patients have opted for this alternative as it eliminates the rubbing, loosening, and discomfort associated with traditional removable dentures.
Ball-retained dentures, also called stud-attached dentures, function with a ball and socket mechanism. The denture base has several sockets that line up with balls placed on dental implants in the jaw bone. The balls and sockets fit together for a highly secure fit, allowing for an open palate denture. Ball and socket attachment is even less likely to slip or move, restoring the patient’s ability to eat and speak regularly.
Mini Dental Implants
It can be difficult to enjoy certain foods or speak confidently with dentures. Most denture wearers report problems with fit and function and often fear that their dentures will come loose and cause issues or embarrassment.
To avoid this, denture wearers can opt for implant-supported dentures. However, not all patients are candidates for this procedure. Mini dental implants are an excellent option for those with insufficient bone structure to support traditional implants.
These mini dental implants are smaller, one-piece implants that combine the root implant and the abutment (the ball) into one. Like standard implant-supported dentures, the denture is fitted with an associated component that allows it to be attached securely to the mini implant.
Benefits of Mini Dental Implants:
- They are a simple and cost-effective option to stabilize loose dentures or replace missing teeth
- They provide a secure, comfortable denture fit with no need for denture adhesive
- The process is less invasive and offers minimal post-operative discomfort
- They are a solution for patients who lack adequate bone structure to support larger, traditional implants due to atrophic bone
- They can benefit patients with compromised physical conditions
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Schedule a dental consultation to learn more about dental implants. You may also contact us at our Concord and Lexington offices today!