While traditional dentures rest on the gums, an implant-supported denture is an overdenture, meaning that it is placed over or attached to dental implants. In turn, the dental implants provide superior support for the denture. For individuals that do not have teeth in the jaw, but do have enough bone in the jaw to support implants, an implant-supported denture offers remarkable stability when eating and speaking. Furthermore, patients note that they have more confidence and a better quality of life overall.
Colgate explains the two main types of implant-supported dentures, which are bar-retained and ball-retained. A bar-retained denture includes a thin metal bar that runs along the curvature of a patient’s jaw, and is attached to two to five implants in the jawbone. The denture fits over the bar with attachments and/or clips. On the contrary, a ball-retained denture utilizes a stud-attachment mechanism. For instance, each dental implant has a metal “ball” attachment that fits precisely into a coordinating socket on the denture.
The process of receiving implant-supported dentures requires time, as dental implants must be placed first. Generally, the first surgical procedure involves placing the implants, while the other involves exposing the tops of the implants and obtaining an impression for the denture. There are typically three to six months between these surgeries, yet it is possible in some cases to complete both in one step.
Though the process of implant-supported dentures requires much preparation and commitment, they provide greater long-term benefits for patients in regards to discomfort and frustration. What’s more, for those with missing teeth, implant-supported dentures stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone atrophy and preserving the shape of a patient’s jawline. As such, some claim that having implant-supported dentures has helped them maintain a youthful contour and appearance.
BruxZir Full Arch Implant Dentures
As an optimal implant supported denture, Dr. Leia Porcaro at Grateful Dental in Marietta offers the BruxZir Solid Zirconia, a highly advanced and accurate implant-retained denture system. This is part of our continued commitment to providing superior patient care and personalized results that are successful, from start to finish.
To schedule a consultation to learn more about your options for implant-supported dentures, call Grateful Dental today!