When an individual is missing some or all of their natural teeth, implant supported dentures can provide a reliable solution. Unlike removable dentures, anchored dentures use implants to anchor the dentures in place for a better fit with no slipping or sliding. Implant supported dentures come in two main forms: ball-retained and bar-retained.
Types of Implant Supported Dentures
Ball-retained dentures are so named because of the ball and socket mechanism used. The dentist places small steel balls atop the implants. Sockets are also fitted. These sockets snap in place to help support the denture.
Bar-retained dentures use three or more dental implants which are surgically inserted into the gums. A thin metal bar runs along the implants. This bar keeps the dentures in place while the implants act as anchors for a lasting, reliable fit.
Both bar-retained and ball-retained dentures offer a stronger hold than traditional, removable dentures. They also offer greater comfort by avoiding the rubbing and slipping ill-fitted dentures can cause.
Implant supported dentures also help to stimulate the gums and jaw bone much the way that natural teeth do. This provides a healthier foundation for your dentures and promotes better oral health and comfort.
Traditional dentures can actually accelerate the loss of bone and gum tissue due to lack of stimulation. Implants are placed below the gum line to act as anchors for your dentures. These anchors work much like natural tooth roots, helping to provide a lasting hold while also protecting your gums.
If you are missing some or all of your teeth or suffer from the discomforts of traditional dentures, implant supported dentures may be right for you. To learn more, please give us a call. We will be glad to help you schedule your consultation and answer any questions you may have. During your consultation, we will help you determine the best treatments for your oral health needs.