With dental implants, you can have your teeth replaced with natural-looking, permanent, naturally functional teeth. If you have issues with the strength of the bone in your jaw, the “teeth in one day,” or Bar Attachment Denture technique, might allow you to have implants to replace your missing teeth.
What is Bar Attachment Denture?
With the Bar Attachment Denture technique, a full arc of dental implants, such as all the teeth on the top or all the teeth on the bottom, is anchored with four individual implants. The more traditional method is to use a single implant for each tooth. However, this requires a strong, healthy jawbone to provide a foundation for the implants. The Bar Attachment Denture approach, also sometimes referred to as “teeth in one day,” allows your oral surgeon to take advantage of the places where your jawbone is strongest. The procedure is called teeth in one day because in many cases the four implants can be placed, then a denture can be attached to the abutments immediately, giving you a full arc of teeth after a single visit.
It’s not uncommon for people who have lost teeth to lack bone mass in the jaw. This is because the tooth root itself stimulates the bone to grow. If the tooth is lost, there is no longer a root to keep the bone growing. However, for an implant procedure to heal successfully, there must be sufficient bone to support it. Your oral surgeon might recommend bone grafting to shore up the jawbone before implants are placed. Bar Attachment Denture offers another alternative.
Deciding on Dental Implants
If you have lost any teeth at all, even just one, dental implants are the best way to replace them. Implants provide a biting and chewing surface as well as an artificial root, so your jawbone will stay healthy and your teeth will look completely natural. If you have missing teeth, consult with your implant dentist or oral surgeon to see if you are a good candidate. If you are in good overall health, there is a good chance implants will be a good choice for you.
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