We get a variety of questions about dentures and implants at Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center in Lone Tree. Many people know that a dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration. However, some don’t realize that two or more implants can support a partial or full denture. This can be a less expensive option than having multiple implants while still providing the benefits as compared to conventional dentures.
There are two types of implant dentures – a fixed implant denture is an “implant-supported” denture while a removable one is 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 our team surgically implants into the jawbone.
Each post is the implant. The implant fuses with the surrounding bone structure to create an incredibly secure 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. Our team uses implants 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 produced with gum-colored acrylic for the base to which porcelain (or acrylic) false teeth are attached. The denture calls for, 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.
With bar-retained dentures, a metal bar anchors two to five implants. The bar holds the attachments that connect to the denture.
If you are currently wearing conventional dentures, take to us about superior tooth replacements. If you are looking for an experienced dentist, call us at Almeida & Bell Aesthetic and Dental Center in Lone Tree. We specialize in both general dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry. Call us today to see how we can help your smile!
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