Implant supported dentures
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Implant supported dentures:
An implant-supported denture is also called as an overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and takes support from the tissues,whereas an implant supported denture takes support primarily from the dental implants.
An implant-supported denture is used on patients who have use complete dentures before and are still not comfortable with them,or patients who require a complete replacement of teeth and have enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants thus making the prosthesis more rigid and comfortable.
Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable. 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-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
Such patients should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.