Dental implants make it possible for cosmetic dentists to create healthy, attractive smiles in an innovative way. One way that dental implants can be used is to support dentures for a more secure fit.
Implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically placed in your jaw to serve as an artificial tooth root. An implant and a crown are practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They fit securely enough that you will not be able to tell them from your real teeth. When an implant is placed the structure of the adjacent teeth are left untouched so their strength is maintained. Dental implants replace the root of a missing tooth which helps prevent bone loss, shifting of other teeth, bite changes and joint damage.
Once the implant has been completely integrated with the bone (usually 3-6 months), a post is attached to the implant. We then can attach an overdenture to the implants creating a more solid fit. Where traditional dentures fit on the gums and can move for various reasons, an overdenture used with implants is anchored to the jaw as if it had a tooth root.
Implant-supported dentures are recommended for people who do not have any teeth in the jaw, and who have enough jaw bone to support implants. Usually, they work best for dentures on the lower jaw. In these cases, implant-supported dentures have special attachments that snap onto the implants, making for easy removal.