An “implant denture” is a combination of traditional, removable dentures and dental implants. This type of denture has a better fit than regular ones, as it is supported by implants.
Usually two to four implants are surgically placed in the jawbone. Healing process takes about six months, after which Dr. Sulzbach can begin constructing an implant denture. An implant denture is a removable denture that has attachments on the underside that clip onto a bar connected to the implants. The attachments and bar hold the denture in place to keep it from moving when chewing and speaking.
Implant dentures can be classified into two groups:
Implant Retained Dentures are held in place by the attachments, but are mainly supported by the jawbone and gum tissue (as is a conventional denture).
Implant Supported Dentures are for patients who do not have sufficient supporting gum tissue and bone. The bar attached to the implants is the main support to this type of denture.