How Do Implant Dentures Work?

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Many individuals know that a permanent tooth implant is an ideal tooth restoration. Some don’t realize, however, that two or more can support a partial or full denture. This can be a less expensive option than having multiple implants while still providing many benefits as compared to traditional dentures.

Today’s article answers the most prevalent questions about implant dentures.

Two kinds of implant dentures are available – an “implant-supported” denture which is removable, and the other one is called an “implant-retained” denture and is not.

What Are Implant Dentures?

Like standard dentures, implant-supported dentures replace missing teeth. The difference is that they are attached to titanium posts which are surgically inserted into the jawbone.

Each post is called an implant. The implant fuses with the surrounding bone structure to create an incredibly stable restoration. These posts are similar to the implants that hold a crown, except instead of a crown, they have a clip that attaches to the denture, partial denture, or metal bar that holds the denture connectors. Implants can be used for both upper and lower dentures.

Bar-Retained and Ball-Retained Systems

Two types of implant stabilization are available – bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture is made using a gum-colored acrylic for the base to which false teeth are attached. The denture requires a minimum of two implants for stabilization.

With a ball-retained version, each post holds an attachment that fits into an adjacent connector on the denture. These are sometimes called “stud-attachment.”

With the bar-retained version, a metal bar is fixed to several implants. The bar holds the clips that connect to the denture.

If you are currently wearing traditional dentures, take to us about superior options.


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La Mesa, California


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