An implant-supported denture is a type of over-denture that is supported by, and attached to your dental implant. A traditional denture rests on your gums, and is not supported by implants. Our Upper West Side implant dentist uses dental implant supported dentures when a person doesn’t have any teeth in their jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support the implants. A dental implant supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implant itself. Implant-supported dentures work much better in the lower jaw since regular dentures tend to be less stable in the lower jaw area. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is very stable by itself, and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. Our Upper West Side implant dentist does, however, does offer dental implant supported dentures in both the upper and lower jaw.
The two types of dental implant supported dentures that our Upper West Side implant dentist works with are ball-retained and bar-retained. With both types, your denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Either acrylic or porcelain teeth, that look like natural teeth, are attached to the acrylic base. Both types of dentures require at least two implants for proper support. With ball-retained dentures, each implant in your jawbone holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped, and they fit into sockets on the denture. Bar-retained dentures have a thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw, and is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips, or some other type of attachments, are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is clipped securely into place by the attachments.
Our Upper West Side implant dentist highly recommends that you remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean it thoroughly, including the gum area. We also recommend that, much like a regular denture, you don’t sleep with the implant-supported dentures. We do have some patients at Amsterdam West Side Dental Associates who prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. We always make sure to take your particular needs and preferences into consideration when suggesting fixed or removable choices.