What are implant supported dentures?
Dentures are used as a method of replacing some or all of a person’s missing teeth, but removable dentures sometimes cause discomfort due to slipping in the mouth. Implant supported dentures offer a way of anchoring dentures for a solid and reliable fit.
What types of implant supported dentures are there?
Implant supported dentures come in two main forms: bar-retained and ball-retained.
Bar-retained dentures require three or more dental implants to be surgically inserted into the gums. A thin metal bar runs the length of the gum line along the implants in order to keep the implant supported denture in place.
Ball-retained dentures use a ball and socket mechanism. Small steel balls are placed atop the implants and fitted with sockets. The sockets snap in place, helping to support the denture.
Both types of implant supported dentures provide better security and hold, helping your dentures to stay in place. Implant supported dentures also provide greater comfort by eliminating the rubbing and discomfort traditional, removable dentures may cause.
Other benefits of implant supported dentures include:
- Anchorage: Removable dentures are not anchored to tooth roots which may cause slippage and discomfort. Implants attach to the roots of teeth providing a foundation of greater comfort and stability.
- Gum and Bone Stimulation: Traditional dentures do not stimulate the gums and jaw bone the way natural teeth and implants (both of which are attached to tooth roots) do. This lack of stimulation accelerates gum and bone loss. Implant supported dentures stimulate the bone tissue and gums below the gum line, providing a healthier foundation for your dentures. This stimulation betters your overall comfort and oral health.
If you suffer from the discomfort of traditional dentures, implant supported dentures may provide the solution you are seeking. To learn more about implant supported dentures, give us a call. We’ll be happy to assist you in scheduling your next visit!