Welcome to Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery’s page about denture stabilization. Our Atlanta based oral surgery practice specializes in denture stabilization. Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery can help you find long term solutions to make your dentures more comfortable and functional. Those who already know about denture stabilization and would like to start the process, call us to schedule a consultation. If you are looking to find out more information about denture stabilization, you are in the right place. Below you can read more to get answers to your questions about denture stabilization.
Those of you who wear dentures already know the most common issues with dentures. The largest issue with dentures is they do not stay in place. Dentures move quite a bit, especially when speaking or eating food. Many individuals get sores from the friction between their dentures and the gums. Even dentures that may be a perfect fit at first will become loose and not function as well as they once did. This is due to dentures causing accelerated bone loss in your jaw. The dentures are not changing over time they are staying the same shape. However, your bone structure is changing which will make the dentures not fit or function very well. Implant stabilization can help your dentures stay firmly in place.
Chewing and lack of bite force is another common issue denture wearers are all too familiar with. Chewing certain types of foods is extremely challenging for individuals with dentures simply due to the fact the dentures are not stable.
As many of you already know, keeping bottom dentures in place can prove to be a true challenge. If you are like many individuals that have difficulty keeping lower dentures in place, dental implants may be the solution. Dental implants are small pieces of metal that are fixed to the jawbone. Your dentures can be attached to dental implants which will provide increased stability. These types of dentures are called implant-supported dentures.
Implant supported dentures can be used in the upper jaw or lower jaw. However, most implant supported dentures are used in the lower because the upper denture usually maintains its stability without assistance. Implants supported dentures have attachments that connect to the implants within your mouth.
There are two types of implant supported dentures. One is called a ball retained denture, the other is called a bar retained denture. They vary slightly but both serve the same purpose. Both types have a denture base that is made of acrylic. This acrylic base is made to look like gums. Both types of implant supported dentures have teeth that are made of acrylic or porcelain.
The first type of implant supported denture is called a bar-retained denture. A bar retained denture, has a thin metal bar that runs parallel to the curve in your jaw. Attachments are placed on the denture and the bar. The dentures will clip onto the bar and remain securely in place.
The second type of implant supported denture is a ball retained denture. Ball retained dentures are called ball retained dentures because of the rounded ball that is on the end of the implants. There is a “female” attachment on the denture that snaps onto the end of the ball on the implant.
Expect more stability from your implant supported denture. It will be easier to speak with the implant supported denture too. You can expect your dentures to remain secure without the risk of them falling out. Your ability to eat foods will definitely improve, however you should still avoid foods that are sticky. Dentures can be damaged by sticky foods.
Implant supported dentures still need to be removed to each day at night. Additionally you will need to clean the gum area to maintain proper oral hygiene. You should not sleep with your dentures in at night.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any additional questions you have about implant supported dentures. We are here to answer any questions you have about the procedure. Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery looks forward to the opportunity to helping you create a more stable denture which will allow you to eat, speak, and smile with ease.