What is an Implant-Supported Denture?

On February 14, 2011, in Blog, Dentures, Implants, by Harold Gulbransen


Implant-Supported Denture




What is an implant-supported denture?  An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants, while a conventional denture rests on the gums.  An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. Special attachments are used to snap the denture onto the implants.

Although it is easy to remove an implant-supported denture from the mouth, some patients prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths which cannot be removed.  Your prosthodontist will consider your specific needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.

It is important to understand the “behind the scenes” processing that is required for implant-supported dentures.  Your prosthodontist has an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and chewing function as well as an artistic talent to produce teeth that are both natural in appearance and esthetically pleasing.  This also requires an extensive knowledge of quality dental materials.

At San Diego Prosthodontics, all removable prostheses, whether conventional or implant-supported dentures are fabricated in our in-house dental laboratory.  Our two full-time dental laboratory technicians assist Dr. Gulbransen with the fabrication of  implant-supported dentures.  Having an on-site dental prosthetic laboratory insures a high degree of quality control as well as timely delivery of prostheses to our patients.


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