Missing teeth is not a condition with which you have to live. There are many options available for restoring your smile, one of which is implant-supported dentures. Unlike regular dentures which sit on your gums, implant dentures sit on top of implants that are anchored in your jaw. Implant dentures replace all of the teeth in the jaw, and like dental implants, you must have enough bone in your jaw to support the implants.
While the process of getting conventional dentures is relatively quick and easy, implant supported dentures can require x-rays, a CT scan, and in most cases, at least two surgeries. Your dentist will provide you with temporary dentures while you are fitted for your implants.
There are two types of implant supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. With bar retained dentures, a thin piece of metal that runs along the curve of your jaw is attached to the implants in your jawbone. Clips are attached to that bar and your denture snaps into place on those clips. In ball-retained dentures, a metal ball on your implants snaps into a socket on your dentures.
If you are considering implant-supported dentures, our dentist, Dr. Paul Lee at Dr. Paul Lee in Fairfax, Virginia would love the chance to talk with you. After an examination, the doctor can discuss the implant process with you, and help you decide if implant dentures are right for you, or if you should consider other restoration options. To make an appointment, call our office at 703-352-9600 today.