Implant Retained Dentures

There are times when traditional dentures fail to provide enough stability and comfort for patients. In such cases, an implant retained denture may be recommended. Instead of having your denture rest on the gums with an adhesive paste, it can be securely anchored into your jawbone using dental implants. This revolutionary denture service requires that patients have adequate bone in the jaw to support the implants. However, for those who do, implant retained dentures can significantly improve their entire denture experience and their quality of life.

Implant retained dentures are used when there is an entire arch of missing teeth. While implant retained dentures can be used in either the lower or upper jaw, they typically work best in the lower jaw, where patients commonly find it difficult to keep traditional dentures in place. By using dental implants to secure or retain your dentures, you can gain maximum confidence when laughing, chewing and speaking.

How Do Implant Retained Dentures Work?

Implant retained dentures use special attachments that snap directly onto the dental implants, which is what provides unrivaled stability compared to traditional denture models.

Implant retained dentures can be secured in one of two ways: bar-retained or ball-retained. Each option includes an acrylic gum base and porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like your natural teeth. Patients typically need two to five dental implants to properly stabilize their denture using this sytem.

  • Bar-retained dentures Albuquerque NM

    Bar-retained dentures

    A thin metal bar is attached to the dental implants that have been surgically placed in your jawbone. A special attachment or clip will be fitted to the bar, your denture or both. You denture will then fit over the bar and clip into place. Rest assured that the bar and attachments are not visible after the denture snaps on.

  • Ball-retained dentures Albuquerque NM

    Ball-retained dentures

    This type of implant-retained denture uses a series of stud attachments that secure your denture to dental implants. Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal, ball-like attachment that securely fits into a special socket attachment on the denture. These are commonly referred to as "male" and "female" attachments.

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    Removable implant

    Retained dentures require daily cleaning of the denture and gum. However, they represent a highly preferred option because they do not require messy adhesive creams and they deliver much better stability than dentures not supported by dental implants.

If you would like to learn more about our excellence in implant-retained dentures, please contact ABQ Dentures today. We walk patients through every step of the process and carefully explain each denture option before moving forward.

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