Dentures are one of the most convenient, affordable tooth replacement methods available. Unfortunately, there are many disadvantages associated with these removable prosthetics, including messy adhesives and instability that can lessen the quality of life of the denture wearer. There are, however, options for patients who have opted for dentures and would like to keep them while increasing the security of the hold. These are known as implant supported dentures and involve a technique that incorporates dental implants into your existing denture.
There are two types of implant supported dentures placed by Dr. Loren Frumker, bar retained and ball retained. Both require the placement of dental implants in Cleveland. The difference between the two is the way in which the dentures attach to the dental implants.
With the bar retained method, Dr. Frumker will place three or more dental implants, similar to the ball retained technique. However, instead of topping the posts with a ball construction, metal bars are anchored to the dental implants in Cleveland. Your denture rests on the metal bars, avoiding the gum irritation associated with dentures.
With the ball retained method, Dr. Frumker places several biocompatible titanium posts into your jaw bone. The posts are placed strategically to bear the weight of your denture and the force experienced while chewing or grinding the teeth. The posts integrate with your bone during the healing process, forming a strong foundation for your dentures. The implants are then fitted with small metal balls which will correspond to sockets placed in your denture. The balls of the implants snap into the sockets of your denture for a tight, secure fit. This alleviates the need for dental adhesives, yet your dentures are still removable for regular cleaning.
If you are considering an implant supported denture or alternative tooth replacement options, we can help. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frumker in Cleveland, OH and find out if this method is right for you.