Prior to placement of bar attachment dentures, we will conduct an in-depth dental and medical health history review in to determine the underlying reason why bar attachment dentures are necessary. This process will include an examination of your bite and for any indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer, or signs of periodontal disease.
Once the underlying cause has been identified and it is determined that bar attachment dentures are the appropriate treatment option for you, it will be necessary to take diagnostic exams (CT scan and X-Rays) to determine the precise placement of the implants. Once the optimal locations are marked, the procedure will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Following this, the implants are strategically placed in your gums to ensure maximal stability and strength. Once the implants are properly positioned, you will begin the healing process, during which the implants fully integrate with the jawbone (osseointegration). During this period, temporary teeth will be placed to reduce your risk of developing an infection and allow you to preserve a full, healthy smile.
Once this fusion is complete, a bar is placed on the implants, which will connect the teeth to the bar attachment. Once in place, we will evaluate the overall fit and aesthetic appearance and ensure that it will provide you with optimal support. If it is determined that the bar attachment dentures meet these criteria, the process will be complete, and you can begin to enjoy your bright, new, full healthy smile.