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Implant-Supported Denture

Post by : admin | 22 April 2024

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, and is not supported by implants.

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. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

Implant-supported dentures 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 its own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. 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.

Understanding Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are an alternative to traditional dentures, anchored securely to the jawbone through surgically placed implants. This connection not only provides superior stability but also stimulates the jawbone, helping to preserve its structure.

How Does It Work?

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. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for support.

  • Bar-retained dentures — A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
  • Ball-retained dentures (stud-attachment dentures) — Each implant in the jawbone holds 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, the denture holds the male attachments and the implants hold the female ones.

The Advantages of Implant-Supported Dentures

Enhanced Stability and Comfort

Unlike traditional dentures, which may slip or cause discomfort, implant-supported dentures are securely anchored. This stability significantly improves chewing efficiency and comfort, allowing wearers to enjoy a wider variety of foods.

Preservation of Jawbone

One of the major issues with standard dentures is bone loss in the jaw over time. Implant-supported dentures stimulate the natural bone, encouraging it to maintain its density and structure.

Improved Oral Health

Since implant-supported dentures distribute eating forces more naturally across the jaw, they help maintain overall oral health and decrease the risk of further tooth loss.

Aesthetics and Functionality

These dentures are designed to look and function like natural teeth, providing a cosmetic benefit that can boost self-confidence and improve quality of life.


Implant-supported dentures offer a reliable and long-term solution for those missing several teeth, significantly improving oral health, functionality, and overall quality of life. They are a substantial investment in your dental health, providing benefits, that far outweigh the initial costs and inconvenience.

If you’re considering this treatment, consult with a qualified dental implant specialist who can provide detailed advice tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.

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