Implant Retained Dentures
For many years, the only solution available for a full arch of missing teeth has been dentures. This solution is still a popular choice today. Many advancements over the years have made them much more realistic in appearance. Today, you have more options than just traditional dentures. At Mid Valley Dental, we can provide bar retained implant supported dentures.
Issues with Traditional Dentures
Traditional dentures have undergone many advancements over the years. Many developments have made this treatment more natural in appearance and have improved their functionality. Even so, there are still a few significant disadvantages.
|Your teeth, which rest on your gums for support, can slip out of place. They may even fall out completely, which can lead to embarrassment.
|The base can rub your gum tissue, which can lead to painful sores.
|Dentures require special care each night.
|Dentures do not stop bone loss in your jaw. As the bone continues to change shape, your restoration will need to be periodically replaced.
Bar Retained Implant Supported Dentures
Bar-retained implant supported dentures are an alternative treatment to traditional dentures. Also called bar attachment dentures, this treatment provides you with a long-term solution to tooth loss. This treatment uses dental implants to provide support for your arch of replacement teeth.
The implants are placed in your jawbone to maximize contact between the posts and the bone, which optimizes osseointegration to ensure stability. Because of this, you can avoid the need for a bone graft to restore missing bone mass. After the placement of your posts, a titanium bar is attached. Your finalized replacement teeth clip into place on this bar.
Differences Between Bar Retained Implant Supported Dentures and Regular Implants
There are a few major differences between the typical full arch restoration using dental implants and bar retained implant supported dentures. For a typical full arch restoration, 6 to 8 posts are used. Your replacement teeth are secured into place on the posts using small screws and are not removable. If you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw to support these posts, a bone graft is required first. For bar retained implant supported dentures, you only need 4. Your teeth are secured into place by clipping onto the bar. They can then be removed for cleaning each night. Because of the way the implants are placed into your jaw, you can avoid the need for a bone graft.
The Benefits of Bar Retained Implant Supported Dentures
There are many benefits associated with bar retained implant supported dentures. One of the biggest benefits is that they provide the same benefits as other types of dental implant treatments. They also have many benefits unique to this particular treatment. These include:
|The need for less surgery.
|A shorter recovery period.
|No need for a bone graft before implant placement.
|You can receive your final dental restorations in the same appointment as your implant surgery.
Bar-retained implant supported dentures provide you with the benefits of regular dental implants at a more affordable cost. For more information, and to find out if this treatment is the right solution for you, call Mid Valley Dental at (920) 215-4160 to schedule your appointment today.