Dental Implant Procedures

There are two basic types of dental procedures that involve implants. One is dental implants which are bars that go down into the gum to hold a single tooth in place when a false tooth is needed. The other is denture implants which help hold false teeth in place when several teeth need to be replaced. The implants are spaced around the mouth to do a good job of holding an entire plate of teeth firmly in the mouth.

People who typically have problems with their false teeth have problems keeping their bottom teeth in place. When they chew, when they talk or laugh or even when they yawn the bottom teeth will tend to slip around and maybe even rub the gums and cause irritation. Logic seems to suggest that it would be the top teeth that might fall down. But because they’re a much larger set of teeth and cover the entire upper palate, they’re naturally held in place a little bit better and usually don’t require the denture implants procedure.

A special type of denture implant called a bar attached implant is often used to help keep the lower teeth in place. With this type of implant, there are three or more posts that are secured into the jawbone at equal distances around the gums. Then just like fence posts would have fencing strung between them, a metal bar runs over the top of all the implants. This becomes essentially the new gum line and the false teeth sit on top of that bar. This serves to raise the gum line up and make it more prominent to help hold the teeth better in place.

Bar attached denture implants can make wearing those lower dentures much more comfortable for the person who’s been having problems. It helps eliminate the fear of having the teeth move in the mouth and draw attention to themselves while talking, eating, yawning or laughing. The procedure does take a little time to heal from, but most people find it well worth it to have the extra confidence the implants bring.

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