An implant-supported denture is a specific type of denture that attaches to implants, instead of a normal denture that rests on top of the gums. This type of denture can be made for the upper or lower jaw, although the lower jaw is more common.
Candidates for implant-supported dentures
Candidates for implant-supported dentures are individuals who do not have teeth in their jaw but do have enough bone to support an implant. these individuals should also be in good overall health, be non-smokers, and have good oral hygiene.
How do implant-supported dentures work?
Patients need at least 2 implants to be able to attach an implant-supported denture. Once these implants are completely healed, the tops of the implants are exposed to secure the implant-supported denture. Patients are responsible for taking their implant-supported dentures out to clean and care for them and should not sleep with them in their mouths.
Types of implant-supported dentures
There are different options of implant-supported dentures, including bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures.
- Bar-retained dentures: This type of implant-supported denture fits onto a bar, which is attached to 2 to 5 implants that anchors the denture. Bar-retained dentures require a very exact fit to evenly balance the denture on all implants.
- Ball-retained dentures: This type of implant-supported denture fits onto the implants themselves. In many cases, the implant will have a ball-shaped attachment on the end that secures into a socket on the denture.
Advantages of implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures
Conventional dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implant-supported dentures not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. You won’t have to worry about your denture getting loose or falling out of your mouth. Although you will still have to avoid hard or chewy foods, implant-supported dentures are a great way to improve your smile.
Contact Modern Dental Care in Las Vegas to learn more about implant-supported dentures.