What are Dental Implant Dentures?

If you’ve paid attention to dental implants advertised on radio and television, you’ve likely noticed a trend: dental implant dentures. But what are they, how do they work, and what can you expect?

Types of Dental Implant Dentures

Generally, there are two different options when it comes to dental implant dentures:

Removable Overdentures — These dental implant dentures are stabilized by dental implants, but can still be removed at the end of the day. Underneath, they have locators that snap onto 2-4 implants in your mouth, which prevent the prosthesis from moving or rocking when it’s being worn. In some cases, existing denture wearers can have their “plate” retro-fitted to go over new dental implants even though they’ve been wearing a denture for some time.

With overdentures it is still necessary to remove your prosthesis at night. The care and maintenance will remain the same, but implants replace the need for products such as adhesives or denture pastes. If you’re happy with the idea of wearing conventional dentures but struggle with a secure fit, this option may be best.

Permanently Secured Dentures — This hybrid denture design is more like an extended bridge that spans the entire length of your arch, without covering the roof of your mouth. Permanent implant dentures are a “U” shaped prosthesis rather than one with a plate that rests against the palate. That’s because they’re permanently attached to the dental implants underneath, so there’s no need to have a larger surface area to create a suction.

Permanent implant dentures are typically easier to get used to, as they do not require much practice to eat or talk with.

Which One is Right for You?

Your implant dentist will need to thoroughly examine your bone structure before making a recommendation as to which type of dental implant dentures are best. If your current denture is still fairly new, stabilizing it may be the best option. But if you’re in need of multiple extractions or full mouth reconstruction, then a permanent implant denture may be ideal. Talk to your implant provider for more information.