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What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

IMplant Supported DenturesMost people know that dentures are used to help people who are missing all or most of their teeth, and that they replace both the appearance and the function of real teeth. However, fewer people know that not all dentures are like – and that in fact, implant supported dentures are a significant type of denture that differs from regular dentures.

What are implant supported dentures?

Implant supported dentures are secured in a person’s mouth through implants that are attached to the person’s jawbone. They are used when a person has no teeth in his or her mouth, but has enough bone in the jaw to support the introduction and use of the implants. They are usually secured to the lower jaw because regular dentures are less stable there, making this type of denture more effective.

How do they work?

Implant supported dentures consist of two parts: the implant, which is surgically fastened to the jawbone, and the denture, which is attached to the implant through a special clasp that is usually secured by the individual using the denture. However, these dentures can also come in both permanent and removable options. They are effective because, unlike regular dentures, implant supported dentures will not move around as much and thus are more helpful in everyday activities such as eating and talking.

An acrylic base made to look like a gum forms the bottom layer of the denture, to which are attached porcelain or acrylic teeth made to look like real teeth. At least two implants are needed to support one denture, but there are two different types of attachments: bar-retained dentures, which are secured to the implants via a metal bar that curves around the mouth, and ball-retained dentures that are fastened at individual points using a ball-shaped attachment that fits into a socket.

How do I care for them?

Depending on whether your dentures are removable or permanent, caring instructions will be different; however, the crucial point to remember is to brush and rinse daily using denture cleaner (and never toothpaste). If they are removable, you should remove the denture daily to clean the dentures themselves as well as the gums underneath, and never sleep with the dentures in. Talk to your dentist for more information about what kinds of dentures are right for you, and how you should care for the dentures you have.

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