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Implant Supported Dentures

Dental implant supported dentures are a type of denture that is fixed in place using dental implants. Traditional dentures rest on top of the gum line and can slip and slide around when the denture-wearer speaks, chews, smiles or laughs. This can cause serious problems in a person’s daily life, causing embarrassment or lowering one’s self-esteem.

Implant-supported dentures can be an ideal solution for any denture-wearer to help alleviate some of the daily struggles they face, such as fear of one’s dentures slipping or falling out.

How do implant-supported dentures work?

If an individual has sufficient bone left in the jaw to support dental implants, dental implants can be placed directly into the jawbone by way of the tooth root. Not only does this provide a foundation to stabilize your dentures, but the stimulation of the dental implants in the gums and bone actually encourages tissue regeneration and reverses the effects of periodontal disease.

There are primarily two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained models. Bar-retained dentures are secured by a thin metal bar that connects the denture to the dental implants using a clip or other attachment. Ball-retained dentures, also known as stud-attached dentures, utilize a ball-and-socket mechanism to hold the denture and implant together. In both cases, the denture is completely stable when attached, but can be removed as needed for cleaning or while sleeping.

What are the benefits of implant-supported dentures over traditional ones?

Implant-supported dentures enjoy a number of benefits over traditional dentures, including the following advantages:

More secure

Once in place, implant-supported dentures are completely secure and stable, allowing you to eat, speak and chew normally without fear of your dentures falling out or slipping.

Fewer adjustments

Once secured, implant-supported dentures do not slide around and, therefore, require fewer visits to the dentist for adjustments. Also, since dental implants actually help maintain the structure in one’s gums and bone, the gum line tends to keep its shape and strength instead of deteriorate under the weight of the denture.

Better oral health

Because the dental implants stimulate the tissues beneath the gum line, activating natural tissue regeneration, there are fewer crevices for plaque and bacteria to hide, preventing the onset or progression of periodontal disease.

Better appearance

Traditional dentures tend to weigh down and wear out the gums, which can actually accelerate the deterioration of one’s gums. Without the stimulation provided by dental implants, this gum and bone tissue deterioration can cause facial wrinkles and give one the appearance of a shrunken or sagging lower jaw.

If you are a denture-wearer who suffers from the negative impact dentures can cause on your daily life, contact our dentist office to see if implant-supported dentures are right for you.