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What Is It?
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn't need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can't be removed. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.
How Does It Work?
There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to the base. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for support.
- Bar-retained dentures — A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
- Ball-retained dentures (stud-attachment dentures) — Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped ("male" attachments), and they fit into sockets ("female" attachments) on the denture. In some cases, the denture holds the male attachments and the implants hold the female ones.
Are Snap-On Dentures Right for You?
Although snap-on dentures provide many attractive benefits, they are not right for every patient. For example, if you have an autoimmune disorder such as diabetes, or if you have experienced an advanced degree of jaw atrophy due to a prolonged absence of tooth roots, you may be better suited to traditional dentures. In this case, our dentists can provide a precisely fitted and natural-looking denture. They can also provide the ongoing care necessary to maintain comfort and functionality. In some cases, candidacy for snap-on dentures can be restored through a bone grafting procedure. Our dentists will conduct a detailed assessment of your oral health and overall health to determine your options.
Schedule a Consultation
If you need a denture, or if you are a traditional denture wearer who is ready to stop avoiding your favorite foods and feeling self-conscious when speaking and smiling, Perfect Smil Dental is here to help you. To schedule an assessment of your candidacy for snap-on dentures, please call (877) 350 3150 contact us