Implants & Attachments
What Is It?
An Implant supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums is not supported by implants and tends to fit less firmly in the mouth.
An implant supported denture usually are made for the lower jaw, because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw, is quite stable on it’s own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive animplant supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
You can remove an implant supported denture easily. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.
How Does It Work?
There are two types of implant supported denturtes: Bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to the base. Bar-retained dentures require at least three implants. Ball-retained dentures need at least two.
A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that been plaed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits ove the bar and is securely clippled into place by that attachements.
Ball-Retained Dentures(stud-attachment dentures)
Each implant in the jawbone has a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped (“male” attachments) and they fit into sockets (“female” attachments) on the denture. In some cases, these attachments are reversed, with the denture holding the male attachments and the implantss holding the female ones.