Traditional dentures have earned a reputation for being uncomfortable and awkward. Why? By themselves, dentures simply do not have the ability to function like natural teeth. Many denture wearers experience problems with eating and speaking, which detracts from their overall quality of life. If you are tired of your dentures slipping around or you long to indulge in your favorite foods again, you may want to consider an alternative: implant supported dentures. As opposed to the traditional option, dentures supported by implants provide far more security and support. Dr. Fred Sakamoto specializes in periodontics and implantology at his Blacklick, OH practice, so he can help you determine if implant supported dentures are right for you.
Implant Supported Dentures 101
Stability is the key difference between traditional dentures and dentures supported by implants. Dentures supported by implants are anchored to implants, which are surgically embedded in your gums. Because traditional dentures simply rest on your gums, they cannot offer level stability on their own. Implants can replace one or multiple missing teeth, so Dr. Sakamoto can attach your implant supported dentures to the upper or lower jaw (or both).
Types of Implant Supported Dentures
Bar-retained dentures require three or more implants to be surgically rooted in the gums. A metal bar attached to the implants runs along the gum line. The denture sits on the bar and is held in place with clips or some other kind of attachment.
Ball-retained dentures employ a ball-and-socket design to affix the dentures to the implants. Typically, this type of denture has sockets and the implants have a ball on top, allowing them to snap together where they meet. Because of the stud attachment, this type of implant supported dentures offers maximum support and security.
Dr. Fred Sakamoto, located in Blacklick, OH , is a Periodontist who services patients from East Columbus, OH, Reynoldsburg, OH, and Gahanna, OH. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!