What is it?

A regular denture rests on the gums. An implant-supported denture is a type of denture that is supported by and attached to implants and tends to fit more firmly in the mouth.

You may want to consider an implant supported denture if you are unhappy with the performance of your existing denture. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.  These attachments allow you to easily bite and chew your food and prevent your dentures from falling out while eating, talking or laughing. 

An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. Implant-supported dentures can be made for both the lower and the upper jaw.  An implant-supported denture for your upper covers less of your palate (roof of your mouth) than a regular denture, greatly increasing your ability to taste and enjoy foods.  Implant-supported dentures require at least two implants for support.  These dentures are removed daily to clean the denture and gums and nightly for sleeping.  If you would prefer a more permanent option then fixed crown and bridgework can be made on implants that can't be removed.

How Does it Work?
An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
There are two types of implant-supported dentures: 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.

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. The dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.

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