If you struggle with chewing, speaking, or smiling because of missing teeth, implant supported dentures may be the right solution for you. Dentures provide a natural-looking solution for patients missing all or most of their natural teeth. Traditional dentures, however, sometimes slip and cause discomfort. Implant supported dentures eliminate this problem by anchoring dentures in place for a comfortable, lasting fit.
There are two types of implant supported dentures available: bar-retained and ball-retained. Each type of implant supported denture has its own advantages and disadvantages. The type of implant supported denture used often depends on what best suits your unique needs and preferences.
Bar-retained dentures use three or more dental implants as anchors. These implants are inserted into the gums, then a thin metal bar is attached. This metal bar runs the length of the gum line and clips the denture into place.
Ball-retained dentures use a ball and socket system to attach the denture to the implant. A small steel ball is placed atop the implant. Then the denture is fitted with sockets. These sockets snap in place to anchor the implant supported denture for a more comfortable fit.
Both types of implant supported dentures offer greater security and a better fit than traditional dentures. This helps to eliminate the rubbing and pain caused by traditional dentures, as well as the weight traditional dentures exert on the gums.
Traditional dentures often require messy adhesives to stay in place and can cause discomfort when chewing, speaking, or smiling. Because conventional dentures fail to stimulate the gum and jaw the way natural teeth do, they can actually accelerate the deterioration of bone and gum tissue. Destruction of the gum and bone tissue results in a lack of structure necessary for maintaining the support of facial features and may lead to other oral health problems.
Implant supported dentures use dental implants to anchor the dentures in place. Implants also help to stimulate the bone and gum tissue for a stronger, healthier foundation. This foundation keeps your implants firmly rooted and lasting longer while eliminating pain and discomfort caused by tissue destruction.
If traditional dentures cause you pain, discomfort, or embarrassment, call us to learn more about implant supported dentures. Our office staff will be glad to assist you in scheduling an appointment.