Originally Posted by tommy45
i like have implant supported fixed denture on upper and implant supported denture on bottom.how many implants do i need?does implant supported denture work very well?someone who has experience please give me advise.
Actually there are different types of implant supported teeth. Dentures and what I have which is a prosthesis (which is similar to a denture but not made out of just acrylic) Some of the implant supported dentures use a type of snap device where the teeth snap onto the implants and snap off to clean. You can have as little as 2 or 4 implants to support these. Less costly in the long run too I have heard. They modify the denture you already have to snap onto the implants once they have bonded to the bone.
I have 8 implants on top and 6 on the bottom. My teeth are a whole unit similar to a denture. My teeth have metal covered in gold covered in porcelain for the top and my lowers are titanium covered in acrylic for the lowers. My teeth are attached to the implants with tiny gold screws. I cannot remove my teeth only a dentist can. To clean them I must use a water pik, floss and a toothbrush like normal teeth.
I have a dear friend who is a Prosthodontist.(by the way you should choose a prosthodontist and not just a dentist as they are specialists in those who have lost their teeth) She did a study on implant supported dentures vs just dentures. The study proved that those without implants bones deteriorated rapidly once the teeth were pulled and that those who received implants the bone stayed strong and healthy as they would have if they still had their natural teeth.
By the way! I love my new smile!