As opposed to traditional dentures, which rest on top of the gums and are removed nightly, implant supported dentures are firmly attached to your mouth using dental implants. Because they can come loose and slip around in the mouth, dentures can cause embarrassing social situations; dentures that are supported by implants offer the benefit of enhanced stability. 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.
Types of Implant Supported Dentures
There are two types of implant supported dentures: bar retained dentures and ball retained dentures.
- Bar-Retained Dentures — 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 — Also known as stud-attachment dentures, ball-retained dentures use a ball-and-socket 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.
No one tells it more perfectly than our patients
“Dr. Marcus (Michael) is truly a life saver! He is the super hero of all dentists. He is the most understanding, gentle, compassionate dentist who takes the time to make you feel comfortable and safe. I have serious fears of the dentist from horrible past experiences, but Dr. Marcus takes away all my worries. He…
“I wish I could give more stars! My appointment with Dr Marcus was Life Changing!!! I went in for a 2nd opinion, my crown was chipped & hurting. Dr M told me I was clenching & told me I was not getting deep sleep…. well I am 53 yrs old, always tired, never had dreams…
“I cannot imagine a more professional, competent and friendly dental practice. I actually look forward to my dental appointments. I have been a patient here for over twenty years and have had complex dental needs during that time. I highly recommend this practice.”
“My experience with Dr. Marcus and his team made it clear to me that they are genuinely committed to the well-being of their patients’ dental health. They took the time to listen to all of my concerns and then outlined a very clear plan for treatment.”
“This dental office is absolutely top-notch. Dr Marcus is excellent and has brought my husband’s mouth back into good dental health after years of cracked teeth and root canals. The office is run with professionalism and I have never been kept waiting for an appointment. Highly recommend!”
“There’s a reason I’ve been coming here for over 2 decades! Not many can say they enjoy their experience at the dentist, but I can! Love Dr. Marcus and his team (Joan, Dawn, etc.).”
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