Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures are overdentures that are attached to and retained by implants for stability and retention when speaking, eating, smiling and talking. Regular dentures, on the other hand, sit on the patient’s gum and can float and move around during functioning.
The underside of the denture has special attachments that clasp onto the implants. Implant supported dentures are most commonly for the lower arch; typically, 2 to 3 implants are needed for good retention and stability in the lower arch.
We can also create an overdenture for the upper arch. The denture will oftentimes be attached to 4 or more implants. This way, we can open up the palate/roof portion of the upper denture.
The implant overdentures are removed at night so that the gums can heal. This is also an opportunity for the patient to the dentures.