What is an implant supported denture?

implant supported dentureMany dentists have had the frustrating experience of meticulously making well-fitted complete dentures, only to have the patient complain that the dentures “fall out.” Providing two conventional implants placed in the canine areas results in a significant increase in  retention so that the dentures remain in place.

Here 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

— In this case, a thin metal bar that mimics 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.

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.

An overdenture is a type of removable denture that’s used for people who still have a few remaining natural teeth. The overdenture is made to fit over the teeth roots left in the bone; it uses the teeth roots (with nerves removed by root canal) as an anchoring support for the denture.

Benefits of using an implant supported denture include:

1) Restores proper chewing, allowing a better diet and improved health

2) Improves speech and confidence

3) Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue

4) Often can utilize your existing denture

5) Minimally invasive procedure

6) Ends the cost and inconvenience of denture adhesives

If you are interested in new or upgraded dentures in Purcellville, Virginia or the surrounding areas of Lovettsville, Round Hill, Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, and Hamilton, implant supported dentures may be for you!  Contact our office today to learn more and schedule your comfortable and convenient appointment!