Dr. Gregg Codelli is an Atlanta periodontist working with dentures supported by implants. Patients who have lost teeth due to injury or disease often seek dentures as a replacement. However, dentures have a few drawbacks. For one, they are uncomfortable. They can slip around in your mouth and can make unattractive noises when eating or speaking. There are also some health risks involved. Over time, the gums and jawbone will deteriorate due to a lack of stimulation. This changes the facial structure and alters the fit of your dentures. Dentures supported by implants, however, are a worthy alternative.
Dentures supported by implants provide stimulation to the gums and the jawbone to prevent deterioration. Because implants cannot be removed without surgery, there is no slippage involved. With dentures supported by implants, you can eat and speak clearly without any difficulty.
Dentures supported by implants are most commonly placed in the lower jaw where stability is needed most. However, they can be also be placed in the upper jaw or both simultaneously. First, a set of dental implants needs to be put in place. The dentures are then attached to the implants using clips or attachments and held firmly in place. Dentures supported by implants do not require the use of paste or other adhesives. They can also be taken out at will for cleanings and maintenance.
Your Atlanta Periodontist currently offers two types of Dentures supported by implants:
- Bar-retained dentures – After the implants are put in place, a metal bar that runs along the gums is attached. The dentures are then secured to the bar using clips or other attachments.
- Ball retained dentures – These use a ball and socket method to hold themselves in place. Generally, the implants are fitted with a ball like attachment that snaps into the sockets located on the dentures. These types of dentures supported by implants are considered exceptionally secure.
Dentures supported by implants are a more comfortable and healthy alternative to traditional dentures. Every day activities such as eating and speaking with friends become less troublesome. Patients seeking more information about dentures supported by implants in Atlanta, GA should contact Dr. Gregg Codelli.