People who wear conventional dentures often complain that their appliances are uncomfortable and unreliable. Implant-supported dentures, such as Bar Attachment Denture dental implants, can help address many of those issues.
Bar Attachment Denture uses just four dental implants to secure the prosthetic arch. Those dental implants are made of titanium, so after the oral surgeon places them into the jaw, the surrounding bone material integrates with the implant’s surface. The implant becomes a permanent fixture in the jaw.
The dental implants are placed toward the front of the jaw, where the bone is typically thicker and adequate, allowing most patients to take advantage of this intervention, even if they’ve already experienced some bone loss at the rear of the jaw.
The oral surgeon can complete the Bar Attachment Denture placement procedure in a single appointment in an outpatient setting. Many patients can be fitted with a temporary prosthetic at that appointment as well, leaving the office with a fully restored smile. After the patient has healed from the initial procedure, he or she can return to the office to get the permanent appliance.
Dental implants are a good option for supporting a prosthetic like a denture because they offer more stability than a conventional denture does. The appliance will stay in place and does not require a denture adhesive with an unpleasant taste.
Patients who choose Bar Attachment Denture gain an advantage in durability, too. The implants not only hold the denture in place, but they also help to anchor the jaw. The teeth’s roots do that job when they are present, but following tooth loss, there’s no such structure to stabilize the jaw and it erodes over time.
That phenomenon of jawbone resorption causes standard dentures to lose their fit over time. After a while, the appliance will need to be re-lined or refitted. An implant-supported denture rarely needs to be replaced for that reason.
Bar Attachment Denture dental implants can be a good option for patients who want to avoid the inconveniences of standard dentures. Contact Stonebriar Facial & Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation to learn more about this treatment.