An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture
that is supported by and attached to implants.
A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not
supported by implants.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person
doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough
bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported
denture has special attachments that snap onto
attachments on the implants.
Implant-supported dentures usually are made for
the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to
be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture
made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its
own and doesn't need the extra support offered
by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported
denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
How Does It Work?
1) Surgical Placement: Two or Four implants
are placed in the jaw (Picture 1). These implants
will typically be allowed to heal for several
2) Prosthetic Option: Following healing,
the tops of the implants are uncovered.
3) Restoration - Part I: A metal framework
is then cast and screwed onto the abutments (Picture
4) Restoration - Part II: The overdenture
is made. This is an implant supported overdenture
which can easily be removed by you at home for
cleaning. It attaches to the metal framework via
clips or snaps, making it more stable than a conventional
denture (Picture 3).
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