No matter how well you take care of your teeth, unexpected tooth loss can happen to anyone. Thankfully, it’s not something you’ll be forced to live with and nowadays there are plenty of options for replacing missing teeth. Implant-supported dentures are just one option and can be just what you need to help restore your smile and continue living life to the fullest. Read on to find out more about what implant-supported dentures are and whether they’re right for you.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
As the name implies, implant-supported dentures are supported by dental implants. They are exactly what they sound like and offer the benefits of dental implants combined with the affordability of dentures.
Like regular dentures, implant-supported dentures are removable. Rather than being held in place with conventional denture adhesive, however, implant-supported dentures clip onto implants embedded directly into your jaw. This means they also offer the convenience of conventional dentures with less fuss and less mess.
As for the implants, these are typically titanium posts surgically embedded into your jawbone. Like natural teeth, the implants themselves are mostly hidden beneath the gum line and aren’t easily visible when you take your dentures out. In essence, they become a part of your jawbone and even help preserve its structure and strength. It generally only takes a couple of implants to support a removable implant-supported denture, though the exact number will ultimately depend on your circumstances and your denturist’s recommendation.
Benefits of removable implant-supported dentures
When compared to other tooth replacement options, removable implant-supported dentures come with a myriad of benefits and are quickly becoming the go-to option for tooth replacement. For starters, not only do they look and work just like natural teeth, but they’re also more comfortable than conventional dentures thanks to their added stability. What’s more, implant-supported dentures offer the longevity of dental implants and don’t need to be checked as often. Here’s a breakdown of some of the main benefits offered by implant-supported dentures:
- More comfortable than conventional dentures.
- No need for messy dental adhesive.
- Natural look and feel.
- No adjustment period.
- Less dietary restrictions.
- Removable and easy to clean.
- Can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.
- Prevent further bone tissue loss.
Types of Implant-Supported Dentures
Removable implant-supported dentures come in two types: bar-retained, and ball-retained. Bar retained implant-supported dentures feature a thin metal bar shaped to follow the curve of your jaw and connected to the embedded implants. The denture itself fits over the bar and simply snaps into place when you put it in.
Also known as stud-attachment dentures, ball-retained implant-supported dentures clip onto attachments on the implants themselves. This type of removable implant-supported denture gets its name from the ball-shaped “studs” on the implants that snap onto the “sockets” on the denture to keep it in place.
Both bar-retained and ball-retained implant-supported dentures offer the same basic functionality and benefits, and your denturist will be able to recommend the right type for you after a consultation.
Restore Your Smile with Implant-Supported Dentures
Wondering whether implant-supported dentures can help restore your smile? Book an appointment with a professional denturist today! Contact Hillhurst Denture Clinic to book a free consultation at our Calgary clinic and find out whether you qualify for implant-supported dentures.