Dentures over Implants in Palatine, IL
The Best of Both Worlds
For some people, the process of dentures over implants offers the benefits of both solutions. As the name implies, dentures over implants involves implants to which you can attach removable dentures. It allows for much more stable dentures; if there is enough bone to support implants, it adds support above and beyond just dentures, which merely rest on the gums. This offers stability, less bone loss, and more chewing power.
Types of Dentures over Implants
Dentures over implants come in two varieties. Both feature dentures made of acrylic and/or porcelain to resemble natural gums and teeth, and they require at least two implants.
Bar-retained dentures involve a thin metal bar that follows the curve of the jaw, with clips fitted to either end of the bar or the dentures, sometimes both. Dentures cover the bar, held in place by the attachments.
Ball-retained dentures, sometimes called stud-attachment dentures, consist of implants holding attachments that fit into a matching attachment on the denture.
Both variants of dentures have their pros and cons; your dentist will help you decide which would be the better option for you.
About the Procedure
Dentures over implants is a multi-step process, taking a minimum of five months but with the potential to last over a year. It usually requires two procedures, one to place the implants and a second to expose the tops so the dentures can be attached. The procedure can also be completed in one step, so ask if this is an option for you.
After a consultation, often involving a CT scan to check the placement of sinuses and nerves, the procedure is nearly pain free since there are no nerves in the bone and local anesthesia will be used for the gums. During the first surgery, the dentist makes an incision in the gum, places the implants into the bone, and stitches the incision closed.
After a few months to let the bone and implants fuse, a second surgery will be scheduled. This procedure entails only a small incision in the gums to expose the implants’ heads. Each implant receives a healing cap to aid the gum tissue, which will be replaced within two weeks with standard abutments. Your dentist will take an impression of your jaw to create the dentures, and then put the framework together to support your new teeth.
Caring for Your Smile
Just like regular dentures, your dentures over implants will need to be removed and cleaned each night. Our dentist will keep a close eye to ensure that they don’t rub against your gums and cause sores. The new teeth will be more stable, and you won’t have to worry about dentures falling out or coming loose—so you can smile with confidence and assurance!
Located in Palatine, IL, Maya Dental proudly serves the entire northwestern region of Chicago, including Deer Park, Barrington, Inverness, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Kildeer and beyond.