As you might guess, implant-supported dentures are supported by, and attached to dental implants.
What are dentures?
Dentures are dental prosthetics that replace missing teeth. Most conventional dentures are removable. Typically, they are supported by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium rods that are implanted into the jaw bone, and act as replacements for the roots of missing teeth. When implants are capped with a dental crown, dental implants make a permanent and natural looking replacement for missing teeth that feel very much like natural teeth.
How do dentures and dental implants work together?
A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. An implant-supported denture is a good option for people who don't have any teeth in the jaw, but have enough bone in the jaw to support implants.
Implant-supported dentures are held securely in place by special attachments that snap onto corresponding attachments on the implants.
You can get an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw but they are most commonly made for the lower jaw, because regular dentures tend to be less stable there.