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Dentures have long served people by replacing lost teeth to help them be able to talk and chew, getting the nutrients their bodies need to stay healthy. More and more are opting for implant-supported dentures now. People often choose implant-supported dentures to replace missing teeth if they have lost all the teeth in their smile but still have enough healthy jawbone to support dental implants. Using attachments, the dentures are then connected to the dental implants for a strong, stable fit. Implant-supported dentures are common for use on the lower jaw but work just as well on the upper jaw.

Attachments for implant-supported dentures are typically one of two types – bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. Both come with a natural-looking, gum-tinted acrylic base along with a row of tooth look-alike dental crowns and are normally supported by two to six dentures.

Bar-retained dentures
These rely on a thin metal bar which is connected to the implants inside the jawbone and can be attached via the bar or denture and is held securely in place by clips or fasteners on the metal bar.

Ball-retained dentures
These are kept in their proper place using ball-shaped metal parts connecting to the implants which look natural and feel right in the mouth.

Dental Benefits

-One of the main reasons for deciding on implant-supported dentures for missing teeth is the level of security they offer. Since they are secured into place via the jaw directly, they maintain a strong hold when people eat, smile and talk.

-Another powerful reason for wearing implant-supported dentures is that they look completely natural in the mouth, especially since they don’t slide in the mouth when talking or chewing. Conventional dentures can look and feel bulky in the mouth, unlike their implant-secured counterparts.

-Implant-supported dentures also prevent jaw bone atrophy. Teeth that are missing no longer stimulate jaw bone growth which causes the bone density to be altered. With implant-supported dentures, this deterioration doesn’t happen because the tooth is still constantly being stimulated when chewing. Since titanium dental implants are compatible with your body and jaw bone, once the implant fuses with the bone through osseointegration, your bone jawbone stays healthy.

If you have any questions about our denture options, we welcome you to give us a call to learn more. You deserve a healthy, beautiful smile!