The Difference Implant Supported Dentures Provide:
For many, dentures offer an excellent solution for missing teeth, but the discomfort caused by dentures can be a major drawback. Implant supported dentures offer a simple solution to this problem by firmly anchoring in your dentures for greater comfort.
Types of Implant Supported Dentures:
There are two types of implant supported dentures: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Both types of implant supported dentures offer different functions and benefits.
With bar-retained dentures, a dentist professional surgically inserts three or more dental implants into the gums. Then, a thin metal bar is attached to the implants in the jawbone. Attachments are fitted to the denture, the bar, or both. The attachments along the bar are used to clip the denture in place.
With ball-retained dentures, a ball and socket mechanism is used to secure dentures in place. Each implant in the jawbone is topped with a metal attachment, often ball-shaped, that fits into the sockets on the denture.
Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures:
Both types of implant supported dentures can help to alleviate rubbing and discomfort caused by traditional dentures. As an added benefit, bar and ball retained dentures also exert less weight on the gums.
While natural teeth have roots beneath the gums that help to hold them in place, traditional dentures do not have such anchors. This increases chances that dentures will slip out of place. Traditional dentures also create a lack of stimulation in the gums and jaw which can hasten deterioration of gum and bone tissue. This deterioration causes gums and jaws to dissolve, removing natural support. Without these structures in place, lower facial features sag significantly.
Dental implants, by contrast, eliminate slippage, stimulate gum and bone tissue, and promote growth of a sturdier foundation for your implant supported dentures.
With implant supported dentures, denture wearers need not suffer pain, discomfort, or embarrassment. If your traditional dentures cause pain or slippage, implant supported dentures might be the solution for you.
Visit our office to determine if implant supported dentures are right for you. Our board-certified prosthodontist, Dr. Darian Kaar, is an expert in placing dental implants and has an excellent track record of successful placement.