A regular denture rests securely on the gums, while an implant denture snaps into place, attaching to several small, metal posts. The metal posts are implanted into the jaw bone to create a firm, stabilized support so the denture can be held in place. Denture implants are normally used when two or more teeth are missing from one particular area. A surgical procedure is used to secure the metal posts into the jaw bone. The bone will eventually grow around the posts creating a solid foundation. The wounds from the surgery must heal before attaching the denture implant.
Dental implants are designed to be permanent. Once the posts have been inserted into the jawbone surgically, the bone heals around them, holding them firmly in place. The denture implant created to snap onto the posts is also intended to be permanent. How long it actually lasts depends on the quality of the workmanship when it was created and the type of materials used in its construction. Over time, certain types of material may begin to show signs of wear and tear. If this occurs, another dental implant will have to be manufactured that is comparable to the first.
In order for a dental implant or denture implant to be put in place, the original teeth need to be extracted. If a doctor is planning on using an implant, it may be surgically inserted during the same procedure as the one that involves the extraction of the teeth. Small holes are drilled into the jawbone and the posts are screwed into place. The tissues are allowed to heal and the bone to grows around the base of the metal post. While the patient is healing, the dentist will begin to make the crowns or denture implants that will be attached to the top of the posts. While a single implant will be attached directly to the post, a denture implant will be removed.