Implant Supported Dentures
The difference between Traditional Dentures and Implant Supported Dentures
Traditional dentures are a great, affordable option for patients who are missing many or all of their teeth. A denture is held in place by “bracing” around the remaining jawbone and gum tissue. Because dentures can be removed and cleaned, they are not as durable as other dental procedures. While dentures can look very natural, they do not have the ability to function like natural teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are anchored by dental implants. This procedure is a good option for patients who are seeking a more permanent solution to traditional dentures.
Stability is the key difference between traditional dentures and dentures supported by dental implants. Dentures supported by implants are anchored to implants, which are surgically embedded in your gums. Because traditional dentures simply rest on your gums, they cannot offer level stability on their own. Implants can replace one or multiple missing teeth, so Dr. Sakamoto can attach your implant supported dentures to the upper or lower jaw (or both).
Types of Implant Supported Dentures
Bar-retained dentures require three or more implants to be surgically rooted in the gums. A metal bar attached to the implants runs along the gum line. The denture sits on the bar and is held in place with clips or some other kind of attachment.
Ball-retained dentures employ a ball-and-socket design to affix the dentures to the implants. Typically, this type of denture has sockets and the implants have a ball on top, allowing them to snap together where they meet. Because of the stud attachment, this type of implant supported dentures offers maximum support and security.
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