Many people know that a dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration. Dental implants can also be used to anchor a full set of dentures, like the All-on-4 dentures available at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in North Dallas.
The first thing to know is that a fixed implant denture is called an “implant-supported” denture while a removable one is called an “implant-retained” denture.
What Are Implant Dentures?
Like standard dentures, implant-supported dentures replace missing teeth. The difference is that they are attached to titanium posts which are surgically anchored into the jawbone.
Each post is an implant. The implant fuses with the surrounding bone structure to create an incredibly stable restoration. These posts are similar to the implants that hold a crown, except instead of a crown, they have a clip that attaches to the denture, partial denture, or metal bar that holds the denture connectors. Implants can be used for both upper and lower dentures.
Bar-Retained and Ball-Retained Systems
There are two types of implant stabilization methods: bar-retained and ball-retained. For both, the denture is constructed with gum-colored acrylic for the base to which porcelain (or acrylic) false teeth are attached. The denture necessitates, at a minimum, two implants for stabilization.
With the ball-retained system, each post holds an attachment (male or female) that fits into a corresponding fastener on the denture. These are sometimes called “stud-attachment.”
With bar-retained dentures, a metal bar is anchored to two to five implants. The bar holds the clips that connect to the denture.
If you wear conventional dentures, call us at Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistsry in North Dallas. You’ll discover that the difference between them and All-on-4 implant supported dentures is like night and day. We also provide cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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