Dental implant dentures
Dental implant dentures provides anchor retention for full dentures. Dental implant dentures prevent slipping and sliding of overdentures making it more comfortable for daily activities when talking, laughing and smiling as compared to having full overdentures by itself.
Dental implant dentures is the most economical full jaw teeth implant option as it uses less number of dental implants. For lower jaw, it may be possible to place only 2 dental implants in jaw. For upper jaw where more retention is required, 4 dental implants with dentures may be opted.
For individuals with strong bone support, locator mini-implants with dentures may sometimes be opted for lower jaw.
Conventional implant overdentures
Conventional full jaw implant supported overdentures are normally done in 2 stages or 2 trips.
Stage 1 : Placement of implant posts surgery
Stage 2 : Building of overdentures over implant posts
During the stage 1, you’re implantologist and prosthodontist perform a consultation, plans, examination, x-rays, and dental and medical history and discuss you’re treatment options to determine if implant supported dentures is best suited for you.
After the stage 1, implant posts surgery is placed. The implants posts are typically left to integrate with the jaw bone for about 3 to 6 months or more called osseointegration.
During the period where teeth implants fused with jaw bone, a temporary full dentures is made and worn so that you have teeth at all times. During this period, soft foods and keeping the gums clean is required to enable healthy healing.
During the stage 2, the overdentures are built between individual implant posts. A tooth impression is taken of the teeth implant posts site and sent to the dental laboratory in having the overdentures made to fit with the locators or bar over the implant posts.
Implant supported dentures is a more comfortable and economical solution in replacing you’re all missing teeth to full dentures.
Mini implant overdentures
Mini-implants differs from conventional implants in that they are normally smaller in size, thinner and longer. The advantage of mini-implants is that treatment may possible be completed in one trip, costs less and provides the anchorage retention similar to conventional implant supported overdentures.
Mini-implants however have its limitation. It is done only for selective cases with strong and sufficient bone condition that is able to retain the length and force of mini-implants or done for certain contra-indications cases. Due to the smaller sizing of mini-implants, mini-implants may possibly dislodge unlike conventional implants that are larger and stronger. Conventional implants relative to mini-implants are normally recommended for individuals with a strong bite or tendency to grind teeth.
There are 2 types of mini-implants:
- Standard Mini-implants – a one piece implant post
- Locator Mini-implants – consisting of an implant post and locator abutment connector
Standard mini-implants are a one piece implant post. Locator mini-implants are composed for 2 component parts with the implant post and a locator abutment connector. Locator mini-implants have an advantage whereby its locator abutment connector is removable and may be changed or replaced over the long-run should this component part become worn down from the overdentures.
Mini-implants are normally done in 1 stage or 1 trip. You’re implantologist and prosthodontist perform a consultation, plans, examination, x-rays, and dental and medical history and discuss you’re treatment options to determine if mini-implant dentures is a suited full jaw replacement option for you.
If mini-implant denture is opted, teeth impression is taken by you’re prosthodontist to make the framework of the dentures. The mini-implant posts are inserted and the dentures adjusted.
Implant supported dentures are economical solutions to provide some form of retention to full dentures in replacing you’re all missing teeth.