As a type of overdenture, implant retained dentures are supported by implants. For example, while an individual’s gums support regular dentures, implant retained dentures snap over attachments on implants, providing incredible stability and functionality.
For the most part, implant retained dentures are used when an individual does not have natural teeth in the jaw, yet they do have adequate bone support in the jaw. Implant retained dentures can be made for both the upper and lower jaw; yet, they are most beneficial for the lower jaw, as regular dentures are less stable there. As with regular dentures, implant-retained dentures should be taken out at night, and must be cleaned daily.
Types Of Implant Retained Dentures
Two types of implant retained dentures, bar-retained and ball-retained, are explained below:
Bar-Retained Dentures – Requiring a minimum of two dental implants as needed for support, a narrow metal bar that is aligned with the shape of an individual’s jaw attaches to the implants. The actual denture fits over the bar, and snaps into place using an attachment, such as a clip.
Ball-Retained Dentures – Also requiring a minimum of two dental implants for support, metal attachments are held by each implant that fits into another attachment on the denture. The attachments held by the dental implants are ball or stud-shaped, and they fit into a socket-shaped attachment on the denture. These attachments can be switched in some cases.
While the process of receiving implant retained dentures varies from patient to patient, and depends upon the need for preliminary procedures such as bone grafting or other surgeries, the typical process requires two surgeries. While the first surgery inserts the dental implants, the second involves uncovering the tops of the implants. Even so, advancements in the process of implant-retained dentures include a single-step procedure where both the implants and the bar can be applied at the same time.
Your Denture Specialists
At ABQ Dentures, we understand that choosing a smile is a major decision that will impact your life for many years to come. That’s why if you’re considering implant retained dentures, it’s to your advantage to speak with Dr. Peter Roukema and Dr. Darren C. Norby, your denture specialists in Albuquerque. From which denture options are best for you to financing and caring for your new teeth, we’re happy to answer your questions. Call today!
Posted on behalf of ABQ Dentures