Implant-supported dentures are a popular alternative to conventional dentures
Patients who have no teeth in the jaw, but have enough bone in the jaw to support implants can get implant-supported dentures.
There are fixed and removable options available depending on what is the most appropriate for the patient. These dentures will be made of an acrylic base that looks exactly like your gums.
The teeth will be made from porcelain or acrylic and will look like natural teeth.
These types of dentures are more secure and provide the patient with the chewing power of natural teeth. Another benefit of implant-supported dentures is that the dentures don’t cover the roof of your mouth, allowing you to taste your food properly.
There are two types of implant-supported dentures:
Bar-retained Implant-supported Dentures
This will require two to five implants which will be attached to a thin metal bar that extends along the curve of your jaw bone. Attachments, such as clips are fitted to the bar, the denture or in some cases both. The dentures are placed over the bar and are firmly anchored into place by the attachments.
Ball-retained Implant-supported Dentures
These are also referred to as stud-attachment dentures. Generally, these attachments are metal ball-shaped (male attachments) and they fit into sockets (female attachments) on the denture. The dentures themselves attach to the ball-shaped attachment and the implants are held in place by the sockets.