At BK Dental, we’ve helped patients from all over Wood Dale and Evanston, IL ensure a stronger, healthier bite, and one way to do that is with the right kind of denture. Implant-supported dentures can be a great solution for patients who have no teeth in their jaw, but enough bone to support dental implants that can easily snap in place.
Whether you’re looking for the best dentures to improve your appearance and smile, and to protect your facial muscles, which can sag without support, Dr. Kaltchev and the team at BK Dental are happy to help.
Types of Implant-Supported Dentures
The team at BK Dental can help fit one of two types of implant-supported dentures. Both types are supported by acrylic bases designed to look like natural gums, and fitted with porcelain or acrylic teeth, depending on your preferences.
The first type, a bar-retained dentures, use a metal bar that mimics the natural curve of your jaw, attaching to the implants in your jawbone using attachments such as clips. As such, patients can clip the dentures into place and remove them for cleaning and other needs.
Ball-retained dentures, on the other hand, use ball-shaped attachments that are attached to the implants in the jawbone. The dentures themselves have ball-shaped sockets that these balls fit into.
How Long Does It Take To Fit Implant-Supported Dentures?
Overall, the process for fully installing the dental implants and fitting the dentures can takes around five months for upper jaw dentures and seven months for lower jaw dentures. This can vary depending on if bone grafting treatments or other procedures are needed before the dental implants are put in place.
Without preliminary procedures, two surgeries are often required: one to put the dental implants in place and another procedure to make sure that, after the dental implants have fused successfully to the jaw, they are prepared for the installation of the dentures. In some instances, these two procedures may be able to be combined.
The Consultation Process
First, during a consultation, Dr. Kaltchev will take x-rays, review your medical and dental information, and take impressions of your teeth and gums from which we create the dentures. Other scans and tests may be needed to ensure the health of the mouth and the bone structure to provide a foundation that the dental implants can be attached to. A temporary denture will be made to replace your missing teeth, one may be made for you.
Fitting The Dental Implants
Sometime following the consultation, Dr. Kaltchev will schedule an appointment for you to come in for your initial surgery. During this appointment, incisions will be made to your gums where the dental implants are going to be placed. Local or general anesthetic can be provided to ensure discomfort is kept to a minimum.
Following this surgery, Dr. Kaltchev will inform you of any aftercare steps you need to take to ensure that your dental implants heal properly.
Attach The Denture
Depending on whether you’re choosing bar or ball-supported dentures, the next appointment at BK Dental will fit the dentures to your dental implants. The denture framework will be attached to the implants to ensure that it fits properly and comfortably.
If both you and Dr. Kaltchev are happy with your new teeth then they will be attached permanently. A follow-up appointment will be arranged two weeks after the initial tests.
What To Expect From Your Dentures
Implant-supported dentures tend to be much more stable than regular dentures, especially on the lower jaw. As such, chewing, talking, and living your daily life will be much easier, without the fear of your dentures coming loose. It’s still recommended you avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage your dentures, however.
How To Care For Your Dentures
Though implant-supported dentures are much stronger and more stable than regular dentures, they still require care. For instance, they need to be cleaned every night. The attachments that the dentures are fit to should also be carefully cleaned.
If your dentures move at all when you are chewing or talking, it can irritate your gums, so it’s important to keep up with your regular appointments so Dr. Kaltchev can ensure they’re staying firmly in place.
Can You Benefit From Implant-Supported Dentures?
If you’re in need of new dentures because your existing ones are too unstable or are considering dentures then the team at BK Dental is happy to help you find the solution that works best for your unique situation. Don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment, and we will find the perfect solution for you.