Richard Cañizares, DMD
Prosthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry
Marlene Rivera, DMD
Implant Retained Denture
What is a Implant Retained Denture?
An implant-retained denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. An implant-retained overdenture is attached to implants, while a regular denture rests on the gums, is not supported by implants, and tends to fit less firmly in the mouth.
An implant-retained denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. This denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
Implant-retained dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn't need the extra support offered By implants. However, you can receive an implant- retained denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
You can remove an implant-retained denture easily. Some people prefer to have fIxed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can't be removed.
What can you expect from your Implant Retained Denture?
Your implant-supported denture will be more stable than a regular denture. You will find it easier to speak and you won't have to worry about the denture becoming loose or falling out of your mouth. You generally will be able to eat Foods you could not eat before. However, you will not be able to chew hard or sticky foods because they can damage the denture.
If you have an implant-supported denture in your upper jaw, it will feel more natural than a regular denture because the denture will no longer cover the roof of your mouth. A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
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