Denture is a customized replacement of missing teeth that rests on the gums. When this denture is supported by and attached to an implant, it is called Implant Supported Denture.
Although an implant-supported denture can be made in both the upper and lower jaw but usually it is made for the lower jaw as regular dentures tend to be less stable there. An implant-supported lower denture offers more stability and extra support to the replacement teeth.
Who can get an implant-supported denture?
An implant-supported denture is advised to a person who doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants.
Types of implant-supported denture
There are two types of implant-supported dentures:
Both these types of dentures are made of an acrylic base similar to the gums. On this base, replacement teeth made of porcelain or acrylic are attached that gives it a more natural look and feel.
The Timeline of Implant Process
The process of implant-supported denture takes some time depending upon various factors. It may take anything between 2-3 days including surgeries and the placement of denture. In cases that require bone grafting or other preliminary procedures, it may even take more than one year.
Aftercare of implant-supported denture
The most important care for an implant-supported denture is its daily cleanliness. The denture and gum area should be thoroughly cleaned and flossed. Regular dental visits are required to ensure long lasting life of the denture.