An implant-supported denture is a denture that is supported by and attached to a dental implant. Here's a little more about implant-supported dentures from our Surrey dentist.
What are dentures?
Both full and partial dentures are dental prosthetics that replace missing teeth. Typically, conventional dentures are removable and are supported by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity (your gums).
What are dental implants?
Dental implants act as replacements for the roots of missing teeth. They are actually tiny titanium rods that are implanted into the jaw bone where the roots of the missing tooth used to be. Dental implants can be capped with a crown to create a permanent and natural looking replacement for missing teeth. Capped dental implants feel and function much like your natural teeth.
How do dentures and dental implants work together?
As we've already mentioned, regular dentures rest on the gums, and are held in place by natural suction.
Implant-supported dentures are an available option for people who don't have any teeth in the jaw, but still have enough bone in the jaw to support implants. Implant supported dentures have special attachments that snap onto corresponding attachments on the dental implants. The dentures are then held firmly in place because they're attached to the surgically implanted dental implants.
Implant-supported dentures are most often made for the lower jaw, because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. That said, you are able to get implant-supported dentures for either the lower or upper jaws.