Patients in Phoenix, AZ can now experience the combined benefits of dental implants and dentures with implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures are designed to fit right on top of a set of dental implants to create more stability and a secure fit. These types of dentures are often used in the lower jaw where removable dentures tend to be less stable, but can be used in the upper jaw in some cases.
Dr. Ronald Watkins at AZ Implant Solutions may recommend these types of dental implants with dentures for your tooth replacement procedure. Implant supported dentures are designed to be removed easily for regular cleaning, and patients also have the option to choose fixed implant supported dentures that function as permanent teeth.
Types of Dental Implants with Dentures
There are two main types of dental implants with dentures: Bar-Retained Dentures and Ball-Retained Dentures.
In this procedure, three or more dental implants are fused directly into the jaw bone. Metal bars are placed along the gum line between each implant and then the denture rests on top of the bars and are attached securely with a set of metal clips. This structure helps to secure the denture without the need for steel studs or other materials. Many patients prefer bar-retained dentures over removable dentures, because they feel more comfortable and stay securely in place.
Also known as stud-attached dentures, these dentures are secured in place with a ball and socket mechanism. The denture base is designed with a series of sockets that line up exactly to balls placed on top of dental implants that are fused to the jaw bone. This ensures a very snug and secure fit, and allows for an open palate denture. The ball and socket design also reduces the risk of dentures slipping or moving, and can even restore a patient’s ability to eat and speak properly.
Do you have questions about implant supported dentures and different types of dental implants? Call AZ Implant Solutions for your appointment today!