If you are considering implant dentures to replace your lost teeth, you need to understand that there are several ways to approach the placement of dentures on dental implants. The biggest difference is between implant-supported dentures and implant-retained dentures.
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Implant-supported dentures are dentures that use dental implants to support the force of your bite. The implants fully support the force into the jaw bone to give you the most natural and effective bite possible.
In general implant-supported dentures are more expensive as they require more dental implants and made out of higher quality materials. They often cannot use mini implants, so people need a good amount of bone to support them. These dentures are less likely to be removable denture implants.
What Are Implant Retained Dentures?
Implant retained dentures use dental implants to hold them in place. The implants also hold the force of the bite on the gums. Unlike implant-supported dentures, implant-retained dentures can use mini implants to secure themselves or require fewer implants altogether. They also have a wide range of material options available.
These dentures have the benefit of not coming out while talking or eating and giving somewhat improved bite force, but they don’t fully replicate your natural bite. Patients should remove their implant-retained dentures at night for cleaning.
Implant-Supported Dentures vs Implant Retained Dentures: Which Is Right for You?
Both types of dentures can give great cosmetic and functional results, so picking the right type of implant dentistry for you depend on some related factors that can determine how each will fit into your lifestyle.
Are You a Candidate?
First, you have to consider whether your jawbone is compatible with implant-supported dentures. If you don’t have enough jawbone to support a full complement of dental implants, you may not be able to get an implant-supported denture.