Implant Supported Dentures
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An estimated 45 million Americans currently wear full or partial dentures also known as prosthetic devices. While regular dentures can become loose or ill fitting, require messy creams and some discomfort. Implant dentures can create a modern alternative to traditional dentures. What are implant dentures? A regular denture sits on your gums, sometimes requiring a paste or adhesive cream, and tends to fit less securely. An implant-supported denture attaches to implant posts, which a skilled doctor will surgically insert into the jaw. With an implant-supported denture, special attachments snap onto the implants to hold the denture in place.
- Bar-retained dentures
- With bar-retained dentures, your doctor uses a thin metal bar that follows the curve of the jaw and attaches it to the two to five posts in your jawbone. The dental appliance fits over the bar, and you will secure it with small clasps.
- Ball-retained dentures
- For ball-retained dentures, each implant post contains a metal topper that fits into the corresponding space on the denture. In general, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped, and they snap into sockets on the denture.
- Meticulously clean around the implants and attachments
- Remove the denture at least twice a day for cleaning
- Replace the clips or other attachments on the bar-retained denture as needed if they loosen.
- Visit the dentist every three months for a cleaning and checkup during the first year