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Bar Attachment Dentures

What Are Bar Attachment Dentures?

The use of bar attachment dentures is a contemporary restoration that has revolutionized the way surgeons and dentists think of replacing a full set of teeth. Standard dentures are unsecured prostheses with inherent limitations. Most often, dentures are painful, inconvenient and unstable. Such dentures can make chewing foods difficult, limiting the foods that you once enjoyed. Modern dentistry can help with Bar Attachment Denture implant supported dentures. The Bar Attachment Denture treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by only four dental implants.

With fewer implants needed, overall treatment time and cost is reduced. The unique Bar Attachment Denture solution also ensures greater stability in the bone, reducing the need for bone graft surgery to increase bone volume. Typically, a temporary set of teeth can be placed on the same day of surgery. The temporary teeth allow you to lead a normal life immediately after surgery. After a short healing period, your dentist will place the final bridge. Your quality of life is improved, and you can start enjoying your favorite foods again with renewed confidence.
 

Understanding the Process of Fitting Bar Attachment Dentures

bar attachment denturesThe fitting of bar attachment dentures is a process that merges the latest advancements in dental technology with traditional denture fitting techniques. This approach is specifically designed to provide a more stable and comfortable solution for those who require dentures. Here’s an overview of the typical process:

Initial Consultation and Assessment

The journey begins with a comprehensive examination by a dental professional. During this initial consultation, the dentist assesses the patient’s oral health, discussing their needs and expectations. This assessment often includes X-rays or CT scans to evaluate the jawbone’s condition, crucial for the next steps.

Preparatory Procedures

In some cases, preparatory work is necessary. This may include tooth extraction, treatment of any gum disease, or other preliminary dental procedures to ensure the mouth is healthy and ready for the denture fitting process.

Dental Implant Placement

The core of this procedure involves placing dental implants in the jawbone. These implants are small, titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots. The placement is a surgical procedure, typically performed under local anesthesia. Depending on the patient’s situation, they might receive anywhere from two to four implants per jaw.

Healing and Osseointegration

After the implants are placed, a crucial healing phase follows, known as osseointegration. This is where the jawbone naturally grows around and bonds with the titanium implants, a process that can take several months. During this time, patients may be given temporary dentures to wear.

Fabrication of the Denture

While the osseointegration process is underway, the dental professional works on creating the custom dentures. These are typically crafted in a dental lab, based on impressions and measurements taken of the patient’s mouth.

Fitting the Bar Attachment

Once the implants have integrated with the jawbone, the next step is to fit the bar attachment. This bar connects to the implants, creating a sturdy base to which the denture will attach. The bar is designed to distribute the force of the bite evenly across the implants, enhancing comfort and functionality.

Placement of the Final Denture

Finally, the custom-made denture is attached to the bar. Unlike traditional dentures, bar attachment dentures snap securely onto the bar, providing a much more stable fit. This reduces issues like slipping or discomfort, common with conventional dentures.

Follow-Up and Adjustments

After the dentures are fitted, follow-up appointments are essential. These allow the dentist to make any necessary adjustments and ensure the patient is comfortable and satisfied with their new dentures.

Bar Attachment Denture offers you many advantages.

A cost-effective solution. Your new replacement teeth require only 4 implants for each jaw. With fewer implants required, the cost is lowered.

Reduced need for bone grafting. The special angled placement of two of the implants ensures a secure and stable anchorage for the replaced arch, often making bone grafting unnecessary.

Faster treatment and healing time. Your replacement arch can be attached to your implants immediately after insertion.

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