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What Are Dental Implant Supported Dentures?
Denture wearers often complain of the instability associated with dentures and quickly lose confidence in their ability to talk or eat without their dentures slipping or clicking. If you are one of the millions of denture wearers that are experiencing difficulties, dental implants may be the solution. Dental implants can be utilized to secure your dentures in place. Dr. Vito Clarizio, serving the Whitestone and Bayside area, offers dental implant supported dentures for patients who wish to have the security of implants with the affordability of dentures. Two types of dental implant supported dentures are available: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures, both are removable.
Bar-Retained Dental Implant Supported Dentures
With the bar-retained method, several dental implant posts are placed strategically in the jaw bone. A metal bar is then secured to the top of the posts, running along the gum line. Your dentures are then attached to the metal bar, using clasps. Dental implant supported dentures lend stability to your dentures and relieves your gums by allowing your dentures to rest upon the metal bar instead of directly on your gum tissue.
Ball-Retained Dental Implant Supported Dentures
With the ball-retained method, dental implants are placed similar to the bar-retained method. However, in this case, instead of a metal bar, each implant is topped with a ball. This ball corresponds to a socket that is fitted to your dentures. When you attach your dentures, the sockets will snap onto the balls of the implants. This method for dental implant supported dentures render a strong hold that has little chance of slipping or shifting.
If you have dentures and would like to learn more about dental implant supported dentures, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Clarizio, a Whitestone and Bayside area dentist, can evaluate your teeth and current method of tooth restoration to help you to determine if dental implants are right for you.