If you have missing teeth, you may be wondering what type of tooth restoration would be best for you’dentures or dental implants. The good news is that there is a treatment method that combines these two options: implant-supported dentures. Oral surgeons in San Diego recommend implant-supported dentures when a patient has no teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. Here is a closer look at how implant-supported dentures work.
All Implant-Supported Dentures
There are different types of implant-supported dentures . Bar-retained dentures are one common type. Both of these are overdentures that are attached to implants, which is what makes them different from a regular denture. The dental implants serve as secure anchors for the denture, eliminating the issues with slipping and discomfort that are typically associated with dentures. All implant-supported dentures are made with an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue, with porcelain or acrylic teeth attached.
Bar retained dentures need at least four implants for support. They require a thin metal bar attached to four to five implants place by your dentist in your jawbone. Attachments are fitted to the bar or to the denture, and the denture fits over the bar before being clipped into place by the attachments.
Also known as stud-attachment dentures, ball-retained dentures use slightly different dental implants than bar-retained dentures. As your oral surgeon will explain, each implant in the jawbone will hold a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. For most ball-retained dentures, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped and fit into sockets on the denture. But each case is different, and for some patients, the denture holds the male attachments and the implants hold the female ones. Your maxillofacial surgeon can determine which type of dental implants may be best for you.