As opposed to traditional dentures, which sit on the gums and are removed nightly, implant supported dentures are attached to your mouth using dental implants. Dentures supported by implants offer the benefit of enhanced stability; dentures can cause an embarrassing situation if they come loose and slip around in the mouth. Traditional dentures are notoriously cumbersome and can also complicate chewing or affect your speech. Since implant supported dentures are snapped into place using the implant for reinforcement, your dentures will feel more secure, allowing you to smile with confidence without fussing over adhesives or denture paste. Dr. Michael Marcus, a Chicago Loop area dentist, offers dental implants and denture treatments at the bustling downtown practice.
There are two types of implant supported dentures: bar retained dentures and ball retained dentures.
Bar-Retained Dentures Supported by Implants
A bar retained denture requires at least three or more implants surgically placed in the gums. The denture is clipped to a metal bar that runs along the gum line. Many patients report experiencing increased stability and less discomfort and rubbing than with traditional dentures.
Ball-Retained Dentures Supported by Implants
Also known as stud-attachment dentures, ball-retained dentures use a ball-and-socked-design to attach the dentures to implants in the gums. In this type of dentures supported by implants, Dr. Marcus fits the denture with sockets and places a ball on top of the implants. The denture and implants are snapped together in the sections where they meet. Ball-retained dentures are considered to be especially secure and are appropriate for an open upper jaw denture. These implant supported dentures are less inclined to slide or move inside the mouth, allowing you to partake in your favorite foods, speak more clearly, and enjoy a better quality of life.
If you are interested in learning more about implant supported dentures, call (312) 241-1328 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marcus today.
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