Implant Supported Dentures
Dentures are removable appliances that replace either weak or missing teeth and can be used as a partial or full set of teeth in one or multiple places within the mouth. Traditional dentures rest on the gum and might also be attached to natural teeth.
Contrarily, Implant-supported dentures are attached to implants which are surgically affixed into the jawbone beneath the gum line and extend outward from the gums.
There are two methods to hold implant-supported dentures in place: Bar-retained or ball-retained. Bar-retained dentures comprise of a thin metal bar and ball-retained dentures (commonly referred to as a stud-attachment) are ball-shaped metal parts, both are attached directly to the implant or implants.
It is recommended that a patient being considered for implant-supported dentures have healthy gums, good oral hygiene and adequate jawbone (although this isn’t always necessary, it is recommended).
Implant-supported dentures may be more comfortable than traditional dentures. There’s less rubbing and the fit is secure. This type of denture is also more stable, specifically in the lower jaw, whereas traditional dentures often slip out of place. Implant-supported dentures are usually fitted at the front of the jaw.
It is recommended that your implants are brushed daily to remove food debris and dental plaque. Daily cleaning also helps to prevent stains from forming on the dental surfaces. Cleaning your dentures every day helps to avoid future dental health issues and prolongs the longevity of the dentures.