Dr. Roman Shlafer is a dentist who works with implant supported dentures in Farmington, MI. Implant supported dentures are more comfortable and stable than traditional dentures. They offer patients better functionality as well as numerous health benefits. Traditional dentures often slip out of place and make embarrassing noises when eating or speaking. Implant supported dentures, however, do not. They are held firmly in place for a more natural function and appearance. Dentures supported by implants are also more comfortable and fit better. Over time, regular dentures can become ill fitting because of bone and tissue loss. This occurs because there is no stimulation of the gums and jawbone. Implant supported dentures, however, encourage growth and preserve the facial structure.
Implant supported dentures are usually placed in the lower jaw where stability is needed most. They can, however, be placed anywhere. Just as the name suggests, implant supported dentures rely on the use of dental implants. Once the implants have been put in place, there is a three to six month waiting period while they stabilize. Once this happens, the dentures are attached to the implants using one of two methods:
• Bar-Retained Dentures Supported by Implants– A metal bar is constructed to run along your gum line and then attached to the implants. The dentures are then secured to the metal bar using clips or other attachments.
• Ball-Retained Dentures Supported by Implants– These use a ball and socket method to hold the dentures in place. Typically, the dentures are fitted with a ball like attachment while the dentures are fitted with sockets. In this way, the dentures can snap in and out of place easily.
Dentures supported by implants are considered to be more comfortable and better functioning than regular dentures. With implant supported dentures, there is no need for paste or adhesives to hold them in place. You should remove your dentures every night for cleaning and maintenance. For more information about implant supported dentures, contact Dr. Roman Shlafer to schedule a consultation.
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