Implant Supported Dentures
Millions of people have experienced the benefits of implant-supported dentures. In fact, dental implants continue to be one of the most desired dental procedures based on their ability to increase chewing efficiency, reduce bone loss and improve facial esthetics and quality of life. For more than 30 years, implant supported dentures have improved the quality of life of patients.
An implant-supported denture differs from a regular denture in that it is attached to a cover screw that has been placed in the bon of the jaw. A more traditional denture rests on the gums. When patients lose teeth, surrounding bone in the jaw shrinks, causing facial structure alternations. Implants inserted directly into the jaw help to keep those bones from shrinking. -the implant fills the gap that the roots previously occupied. The dentures are fastened to the implant, providing a much more secure attachment.
What are the different types of implant-supported dentures?
Bar-retained: A thin metal bar is attached in two to five areas to follow the curve of the jawbone. Attachments are fitted to the bar and securely clipped into place
Ball-retained: Also know as stud-attached dentures, each is fitted and attached to an implant that is placed in the jawbone. In most cases a ball-shaped attachment is fitted into a “socket” on the denture
How stable are implant-supported dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are more stable than a regular denture. It is easier to speak and the worry of the denture coming loose or falling out is eliminated
Are patients happy with the result?
Patients report improved function, comfort and much greater satisfaction with implant overdentures than with traditional dentures.