Learn more about dental implants in Athens GA
Implant supported dentures are an alternative to traditional dentures, eliminating many of the common problems associated with regular dentures. Where traditional dentures rest on top of the gums, implant supported dentures are anchored in the mouth. The fixed nature of implant supported dentures eliminates complications including a loose fit, slipping or clicking sounds when eating or speaking, and gum irritation. Implant supported dentures also help prevent bone deterioration in the jaw bone. Dr. Matthew McRae Jr. in Athens, GA can determine if implant supported dentures are right for you.
Implant supported dentures are most commonly used in the lower jaw. Traditional dentures used in the lower jaw are less stable than the ones used in the upper jaw. Implant supported dentures, though, are not restricted to the lower jaw and can be used in both arches.
Implant supported dentures are fixed into place using either bar retained or ball retained dentures. The retained dental appliances offer a secure hold without paste or adhesives. They can be snapped out of place for cleaning or be completely fixed in your mouth, functionally the way your normal teeth would.
Bar retained dentures are fixed in your mouth using metal bars and clips, as the name suggests. Three or more dental implants are placed into the jaw bone to support the dentures. The metal bars attach to the implants, running along the gum line. The dentures are then able to rest on top of the bars and are held in place by the metal clips.
Ball retained dentures, or sometimes referred to as stud attached dentures, use a ball and socket mechanism to stabilize the dentures in your mouth. The ball portions are on the exposed end of dental implants that are placed into the jaw bone. The denture contains the sockets on its base. The ball and socket method create an extremely secure fit and allows for an open palate denture.
Many patients who have had dentures or are considering these appliances have opted for implant supported dentures. This option allows patients a higher quality of life, without the discomfort associated with traditional dentures. No more rubbing, loosening, and clicking sounds!