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What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

If you are familiar with the idea of dentures, you’ll know that regular dentures rest on gum tissues and are attached to adjacent teeth that are crowned. Yet, when individuals do not have teeth in their jaw, implant-supported dentures are an exciting solution, given that the patient has enough bone density in their jaw to support dental implants. Thus, implant-supported dentures are a type of over-denture that is supported by and attached to implants, as reported by Colgate.
While traditional dentures made for the upper jaw are relatively stable, they are less so for the lower jaw. Therefore, patients find that implant-supported dentures for their lower jaw are a remarkably comfortable and fitting solution, though they may be fabricated for both the upper and lower jaw. As with conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures are removable, and should be taken out each day for cleaning. Dentists also suggest that patients remove them at night.

Types of Implant-Supported Dentures

Requiring at least two dental implants as anchors, implant-supported dentures consist of two types: bar-retained and ball-retained.
Bar-retained dentures include a metal bar that is perfectly shaped to match the curvature of a patient’s jaw. This type of denture is attached to dental implants placed in the jaw (2-5 dental implants), while clips and other accessories are customized to fit the bar or the denture. The denture itself fits over the bar, and is secured by clips or other attachments.
On the other hand, ball-retained dentures contain metal attachments (ball-shaped) that are located on each dental implant. Each individual attachment is made to fit into a specific attachment on the denture (socket shaped). When the denture is placed over the implant, the attachment “locks” the denture in place, akin to a ball and socket joint.
Without question, implant-supported dentures provide ultimate stability, and patients discover that they can eat and speak with confidence. Because they are supported by implants, the denture prosthetic does not need to cover the upper palate of the mouth, which is a welcome advantage for many patients. Yet, the process of obtaining implant-supported dentures requires commitment and patience, as there is a specific timeframe associated with placing dental implants. Even so, patients continue to seek implant-supported dentures as a valuable and appealing denture solution.
Are you interested in learning more about implant-supported dentures? Your call is welcome at Dr. C Family Dentistry today, where you’ll find comprehensive, comfortable dentistry in Spokane.

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