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Implant Supported Dentures
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
Implant supported dentures provide all the advantages of other dentures including facial support, a natural looking smile, and assistance with proper chewing and speaking. Unlike conventional dentures, however, these dentures are anchored into place with dental implants, which can eliminate the pain or discomfort of ill-fitting dentures, as well as actually improve the health of the underlying gums and jawbone.
Two common forms of implant supported denture are: : bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures.
utilize three or more dental implants, which are surgically inserted into the gums. A thin metal bar is attached to the implants in the jawbone, which clip the denture in place.
use a ball and socket mechanism to hold dentures in place. Implants in the jawbone are topped with a ball-shaped metal attachments, which fit into the denture’s sockets, holding it in place.
Both bar-retained and ball-retained dentures offer advantages in helping to minimize rubbing and discomfort that come with conventional dentures. Both bar-retained and ball-retained dentures exert less weight on the gums, making them more comfortable than other options.
Implant Supported vs. Conventional Dentures
Because conventional dentures don’t actually replace one’s tooth root, they do nothing to retain one’s gum and bone structure beneath the gum line. In fact, conventional dentures can actually weigh down one’s gums, deteriorating the tissues beneath and causing a caved-in appearance in the lower jaw area over time.
Dental implants, on the other hand, actually emulate the roots of one’s natural teeth and stimulate the tissues in the gums and jaw. This stimulation helps maintain the shape, health and structure of one’s lower jaw.
Another advantage to implant supported dentures is the enhanced comfort and ease of care compared to traditional dentures. Ill-fitting conventional dentures require numerous visits to the dentist for adjustments, and they can also cause pain, discomfort or slip out of place. Implant dentures, however, are sturdy, do not slip out of place, and do not cause any pain or discomfort once the dental implants have healed.
If your conventional dentures cause pain, discomfort, or unease, implant supported dentures may be the strong and sturdy denture alternative you’ve been looking for. To learn more about what options are available to you, give us a call at 760-745-1100.
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Dr. Davoudi possesses a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky, as well as a Doctor in Dental Science degree from Meharry Medical College in Tennessee. She is a valued member of several professional associations, including the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association, San Diego Dental Society, and the International Association of Orthodontics.
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