Many patients wonder whether or not they have to choose between dentures or dental implants to replace missing teeth. After Dr. Ronald Rice has performed a thorough oral examination, he may recommend implant supported dentures which are designed to provide multiple benefits over traditional dentures. Regular dentures sit on top of your gums and can cause complications such as a loose fit or clicking sounds when you chew or speak.
Implant supported dentures are anchored into the mouth with a secure attachment to dental implants. When deciding between dentures or dental implants, consider how stable and secure implant supported dentures can be. These dentures are designed for easy removal when cleaning. You also have the option, however, of having fixed implant supported dentures placed that are not removable but work just like your permanent teeth.
If Dr. Rice decides to fit you with bar retained dentures, he may place three or more dental implants into the jaw bone. Metal bars run along the gum line between each of the implants and the denture rests on top of these bars. It is attached with a set of metal clips. This type of structure secures the denture in place without the need for steel studs or other pieces. Many patients prefer this option because it eliminates much of the discomfort, loosening, and rubbing associated with regular dentures.
These are also called stud attached dentures and are secured with a ball and socket mechanism. The base of the denture has several sockets that line up with balls placed on top of the dental implants that are fused to your jaw bone. This creates a very snug and secure fit, and allows for an open palate denture placement. Ball retained dentures provide an even more secure fit than bar retained dentures and restore your ability to eat and speak properly.
Are you thinking about getting dental implants in Burley, ID? Find out if dentures or dental implants are right for you by setting up your consultation with Dr. Rice today!