What is an Attachment Denture

Dentures are a dental prosthesis that work to replace an entire arch of teeth on one or both arches. Dental implants are a dental prosthesis that can replace an individual tooth or support multiple teeth. When you combine the two, you have an implant attachment overdenture!

How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. The doctor will make an incision in the gum tissue where the implant will go and drill a small hole in the bone and place the implant. The gamma tissue is then stitched up around the implant with a small portion left protruding through the gun tissue onto it and implant abutment is placed. A temporary abutment is used while the implant heals before the implant prosthesis is placed.

Dental implants act as an artificial tooth root and help support bone structure, preventing degeneration in the jaw. Our tooth roots stimulate bone regeneration and when the roots are no longer there, the osteoblast cells that regenerate bone structure use their energy elsewhere and the bone begins to deteriorate in the area. Dental implants work just like tooth roots and prevent bone deterioration and ill fitting dentures.

What is an attachment denture?

When dental implants are used to support a denture, it is called an attachment denture. This type of implant retained denture has a metal bar that sits directly onto the implants. The overdenture has clips that snap onto the bar for a stable and secure fit. Attachment dentures are incredibly natural looking and very comfortable for the patient.

How long do attachment dentures last?

Dental implants are intended to be a permanent restoration and can easily last a lifetime. With proper care and maintenance and a healthy lifestyle, implants can provide the support you need to live without pain or discomfort. Patients who are otherwise healthy and have no underlying medical conditions can expect implants to last at least 20 years. The overdenture on the implant may need to be replaced with normal wear and tear but can last 15 to 20 years whereas a traditional denture may last up to 10 years before it needs to be replaced.

Dental implants are a great option for patients who need to replace a full arch of missing teeth. They are more invasive and more expensive than other traditional options but in the long run, they last so much longer that the cost upfront is typically less in the long run. It is important to understand your options before you choose a certain treatment path. Attachment dentures are a great option for patients who are healthy enough for implant placement surgery and the extensive healing time, which can be up to six months.

If you are missing a significant number of teeth on one or both arches, speak to your dentist to see if you may be a candidate for an attachment denture. An attachment denture can give you a lifetime of healthy, confident smiles!

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