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What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Posted on 3/8/2021 by Alexandra Garcia DDS MS
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?An implant-supported denture is an overdenture that is anchored by dental implants. There are various varieties of implant-supported dentures which come equipped with both fixed and removable prosthetics.

At Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Alexandra Garcia may recommend implant-supported dentures to you if you are missing all of your teeth and have enough jawbone to support these prosthetics.

Types of Implant-Supported Dentures

Conventional implant-supported dentures typically come in bar-retained and ball-retained versions. These dentures are made of flesh-colored acrylic and come with porcelain teeth that look like natural teeth. Both these types of dentures need at least two dental implants on each arch for sufficient support.

Ball-Retained Dentures

Ball-retained dentures include dental implants that are embedded in the jawbone. These implants typically have round metal attachments that can be attached to sockets on the dentures. These dentures are removable and can be taken out to be cleaned.

Bar-Retained Dentures

Bar-retained dentures involve two to five dental implants that are placed in each jaw. These dentures are attached to a long curving bar that runs along the arch of the jaw. This bar has clips in place which can be used to attach the removable denture.

Bar-retained dentures need some careful consideration since the bar needs to be balanced perfectly on each implant. This is known as passive fit. If the arrangement is not perfect, the uneven pressure can cause some of the screws to come loose and shift out of place which can result in implant failure.

Implant-supported dentures are more stable and comfortable than traditional dentures. You can eat a wide variety of food with implant-supported dentures; however, you will still need to avoid eating hard and sticky food.

If you have multiple missing teeth, an implant-supported denture may be a good option for you. Call us today at (346) 250-2930 and we will determine whether you are a good candidate for dentures.

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