Returning Smiles protocol provides a customized approach to restoring your smile through implant dentistry in as little as one day.
If you have lost an entire arch of teeth Drs. Umansky, Nikmard and Elmore may recommend implant-supported dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, which may slide in the mouth, implant-supported dentures have a firm, secure foundation. They can allow you to eat and speak with confidence. Please contact Aesthetic Dentistry Associates at 281-446-4700 today to learn more and schedule a visit with our dentists.
To anchor your denture, our dentists will first place the dental implants in the jaw. Usually, four to six implants are needed, but this may vary according to individual need. After the dental implants have had time to heal, one of three types of implant-supported dentures, which are also called hybrid dentures, may be used:
With bar-retained dentures, a thin, metal bar will be custom-made to follow the curve of your jaw. This bar is then attached to two to five dental implants that have been surgically placed in your jawbone. Then, clips or other attachments are attached to the bar, your denture, or both. The denture will fit over the bar, where it will be securely held in place by the attachments.
Ball-retained dentures, which are also called stud-attachment dentures, use metal attachments that are attached to the dental implants to hold the dentures in place. These attachments are usually ball-shaped. They fit into sockets on the dentures giving the dentures stability.
If screw-retained dentures are used, four or more dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone. Screws or clasps are attached to the dental implants, which in turn attach to the denture. The denture is thus held securely in place.