For many patients, implant supported dentures deliver the best of both worlds. Unlike regular dentures, denture implants are secured by dental implants surgically embedded in the patient’s mouth, providing additional stability and security. If you reside in Rockville, MD, dental implants and implant supported dentures are offered at Dr. Steven Rice’s office. 

Basics of Implant Supported Dentures

With permanent dentures, the denture is anchored to the implants and snapped into place. They are commonly placed in the lower jaw, because dentures are inclined to be less stable there, but they can function just as well in the upper jaw. As with a regular denture, the device can be taken out at night for cleaning while the implants can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth. Patients can also choose a fixed implant supported denture, which acts like permanent teeth and is not removable.

Types of Implant Supported Dentures

Dr. Rice offers two types of implant supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained.

Bar-Retained Dentures Supported by Dental Implants

Bar-retained dentures fasten the denture using clips attached to a metal bar that runs along the gum line. The metal bar is secured by dental implants. Bar-retained dentures are distinct in that three or more implants are surgically placed in the gums. This type of implant supported denture also offers the benefit of comfort, as it provides more security than traditional dentures, which have a tendency to slide around in the mouth.

Ball-Retained Dentures Supported by Dental Implants

Ball-retained dentures, also known as stud-attachment dentures, employ a ball-and-socket design. In this type of implant supported denture, there is a ball on top of the implants and the denture is fitted with sockets. The two snap together where the ball and sockets meet. The ball-and-socket design is very effective at providing additional stability and allowing denture wearers to confidently partake in their favorite foods once again.

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