Implant Supported Dentures Keep dentures supported and stable An estimated 45 million Americans currently wear full or implant supported dentures. While dentures allow people to complete their smiles, they also have inherent drawbacks. This includes changes in your supporting bone which causes the denture to become loose or ill-fitting, requiring messy creams and some discomfort. Implant supported dentures can create a modern alternative to traditional dentures. Implant supported dentures are a great option for someone who needs new dentures or someone who has existing dentures and are unhappy with their instability. Implant supported dentures help to keep dentures stable and more fixated. What exactly is an implant supported denture? An implant-supported denture is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap on to the implants. These attachments allow you to easily chew and bite your food and they prevent your dentures from falling out while talking, eating or laughing. Implant-supported dentures can be made for both the lower and upper jaw and, if used on your upper, it covers less of your palate (roof of your mouth) than a regular denture, so you can improve the ability to taste and enjoy your food. Implant-supported dentures require at least two implants for support and the dentures themselves can be removed daily to clean the denture and gums and they can be taken out every night for sleeping. Two main kinds of implants BAR-RETAINED DENTURESA metal bar that molds to your gum tissue is attached to implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by these attachments. BALL-RETAINED DENTURESEach implant in the jawbone holds a metal ball attachment. This ball-shaped attachment fits into another attachment or socket on the denture. How are implants placed? The implants usually are placed in areas where the bone is deemed to be adequate. When you lose teeth, you also lose bone in that area, so if you don't have enough bone to place the implants, you might have to consider bone grafting. Before any work is done and any decisions have been made, you will need to have an initial consult with implant dentist, Dr. Khullar. Dr. Khullar has taken advanced training in the placement and restoration of implants. At this consult Dr. Khullar will review your medical and dental histories, take X-rays and create impressions of your teeth and gums so that models can be made. In some cases, a CT scan of your mouth may be necessary to show where your sinuses and nerves are and to see how much bone is available and to determine the best locations for the implants. Eat better, speak better, feel better People who choose implant-supported dentures have a better ability to chew, have an improved appearance, are more confident, maintain a healthier diet and feel happier and better about themselves. Implant-supported dentures feel more like “real” teeth because they feel more stable and secure. You deserve to have the confidence and happiness that come with implant supported dentures.