Implant-secured dentures differ slightly from traditional dentures. In fact, they provide more stability and security by being attached to the jawbone by dental implants. In contrast to traditional dentures which simply rest on the gums, implant-secured dentures are better able to keep the dentures in place by snapping onto special attachments on the implant.
Our Falls Church dentist recommends this form of restorative care for individuals who are seeking a removable yet affordable restoration option. Great candidates for implant dentures are those who have experienced major tooth loss but have sufficient bone density to support implant placement.
If you’d like to invest in implant-secured dentures, Dr. Dang will examine your mouth and determine whether secured dentures are the right treatment for you. However, it’s important to note that these dentures must be cleaned daily and should be removed whilst sleeping.
Types of Implant-Secured Dentures
Individuals interested in implant-secured dentures have two options to choose from known as bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. The dentures are often supported by at least two implants and are made from an acrylic base that closely matches the color and appearance of natural gums. Additionally, porcelain or acrylic prosthetic teeth will also be used to restore your smile.
Bar-retained dentures consist of a thin metal bar that is placed along your jaw and attached to two to five implants that have been secured in your jawbone. The purpose of the metal bar is to hold attachments which in turn help clip the denture into place.
Ball-retained dentures, also known as stud-attachment dentures, consist of implants that hold a metal attachment. The denture itself holds metal sockets which are used to connect it to the implants. In most cases, the metal attachments on the implants are ball-shaped and can be secured in the socket.
What You Can Expect
Speaking and eating will improve with an implant-secured denture. In contrast to traditional dentures, implant-secured dentures are more secure and don’t move out of place. Therefore, patients are often able to eat foods they wouldn’t have been able to eat before. Additionally, with implant-secured dentures, patients will no longer have to worry about their dentures falling out of place or having difficulty speaking.
If you’re looking to invest in implant-secured dentures, contact Dr. Dang in Falls Church, VA. Scheduling a consultation at Rejuvenation Dental Studio will help determine the state of your mouth and guide you toward the appropriate course of treatment.