Implant Supported Dentures: What You Should Know

Posted on: October 5, 2018

Implant supported dentures are prosthetic oral appliances that are a cross between dentures and dental implants. Which is great because traditional dentures are only supported by the gums and they can become loose and ill-fitting with time.

In contrast, implant-supported dentures are held in place by dental implants and only move when detached from the implants.

What are dentures made of?

The part of the denture that looks like the gums is usually made of acrylic. The teeth that attach to the 'gum' are often made of porcelain or acrylic.

Types of dentures

Dentures can be categorized by the number of teeth they replace and whether they are fixed or removable. Under each grouping, there are several sub-categories.

1. Full vs partial dentures

Full dentures are often made for people missing all their teeth. Without dental implants, they are held in place by the roof and floor of the mouth. Partial dentures are meant for people that are missing several teeth. They are held in place by dental implants or the teeth on either side of the gap. Full or partial implant-supported dentures can be permanent or removable.

2. Fixed vs. removable implant-supported dentures

Like traditional dentures, removable implant dentures can be detached from the implant. They are the most popular type of implant dentures because they can be removed nightly for cleaning. There are two kinds of removable dentures.

I) Bar-retained dentures: This type of denture attaches to the implants with the help with a thin metal bar that acts as a connector between the implants and the denture. The bar is fabricated to curve according to the curvature of the patient's jaw.

It has one set of attachments (usually clips) that connect it to the implants and a second set of attachments that connect to the denture.

II) Ball-retained dentures: They connect to the implants using ball-and-socket joints. The outer part of an implant acts as a ball or the male part of the joint. The denture is fitted with holes which are the socket or the female part of the joint.

The holes in the dentures are positioned to be right above the dental implants. When the dentures are placed on the gum, the outer parts of the implants fit right into the sockets on the dentures. Ball-retained dentures are more stable than dentures supported by metal bars.

Fixed dentures

These dentures are supported by four to six strategically placed implants on the jaw. Although the dentures cannot be detached, they are extremely stable and like all implant-supported dentures, they stimulate bone growth in the jaw. Fixed dentures are cleaned just like natural teeth, which is convenient.

Who should get implant dentures?

A person with strong jaws and who is healthy enough to heal fast after the implants are placed. A dentist will run tests to determine if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants. Most implant-supported dentures are fitted on the lower jaw since traditional implants are more unstable on the lower jaw. A person can have conventional dentures on the upper jaw and implant dentures on the lower one.

Get dentures that work just like real teeth

With implant-supported dentures, you do not have to worry about your teeth slipping off. That means you can chew and talk and smile as if you have your natural teeth back. The implants stimulate bone growth in the jaw, which keeps the structure of your face intact, removing the need to worry about any excessively wrinkled skin around your mouth.

Contact one of our dentists to learn more about the different types of dentures and which one is best for you.

Do it today!

Looking to get dentures near the 35603 area? Call Anthony Dental Services at (256) 691-3111.

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