Full Fixed Denture
Full dentures are generally indicated when there is an absence of healthy teeth that may be employed to assist in supporting a partial denture. As a result, full dentures cover the full arc or ridge. Full lower dentures extend to the bottom of the gum line and are retained by gravity. Full upper dentures are similar, but utilize a span of acrylic that fits snugly agains the pallet. Upper dentures are retained by suction created between the center span and the patients natural pallet.
Full dentures are made of very hard cast acrylic material that has been bonded to the porcelien or acrylic teeth selected by the dentist and laboratory. Due to the advancements in materials, dentures today provide a very natural, realistic appearance.
The “ball and socket” is a best method of attaching the denture to the dental implant. This denture has the stability of a fixed denture, and the convenience of a removable denture. Several dental implants are used within the arch, usually in the same visit.
The dental implants used have a “ball” head, and then a “socket” is placed into the base of the denture. The denture then “snaps” onto the head of the socket, much like the snap buttons on a pair of jeans, and is held in place. The denture will not move or disengage from the dental implants with regular movements such as eating or speaking. In most cases, the patient’s existing denture can be made to work with the “ball and socket” dental implant system, saving the patient the expense of a new denture.
When you need to remove the denture, apply pressure in a lifting motion with your thumbs, and the denture pops off the dental implants easily. Patients who use the “ball and socket” type of denture report that for the first time in their lives, they can actually eat an apple, or partake in physical activities without fear of losing their dentures! They say their lives are changed because of their new dentures, and recommend them to other people.
1. Before the procedure
Lower jaw ridge with very little bone support
2. Implant Placement
First, the implants are installed. With conventional procedure, implants are left about 2-6 months to integrate with the jawbone before the next step is taken. If immediate loaded implants can be done, a temporary bridge may be placed at the same time.
3. Attaching denture to the implants
Implant-supported denture fixing to enough bone in the jaw to support implants.
4. End result
The new denture will handle all the pressure that your strong, natural back teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.