Implant-Retained vs. Implant-Supported Dentures: Know the Difference?

What is the difference between a Chevy car and Ford car? What is the difference between their trucks? Can you tell? The only real difference is how they look – different body styles, different emblems – but they’re still basically similar in every other way. They all have engines. They all either have four doors or a bed for hauling. They both do the same jobs, but they each have some different parts.

Implant-retained dentures and implant-supported dentures are two ways of doing the same job but in slightly different ways. Which one is better will be determined by you, Dr. Patel, and your unique situation. But before you get to the point of choosing, you need to know what each option can do for you. They both do the same job (stabilizing your replacement denture), but they each have some different parts.

Know Your Tooth Replacement Options

Dental implants are able to give you an option that is amazingly close to what your real teeth give you, but what do you do when you need a whole mouth of teeth replaced? That is where the marriage between dental implants and dentures can be a real lifesaver for many people missing their teeth. Now, you can replace a whole arch of teeth and only a few dental implants to do it. Here are two options:

Implant-Supported Dentures – This denture option gives you a full mouth of teeth with the help of two dental implants. You will have an four to six dental implants placed in your dental arch. A bar will run along each implant. This bar is going to be the key the whole setup. Your new denture restoration clips onto the bar and is held into place. This way you can enjoy the stable feel of dental implants and the full-arch restoring power of dentures. With this non-removable option, you will have maximum stability and bone health.

Implant-Retained Dentures
– These do the same job but with some different parts. Implant-supported dentures do not use a bar to hold your denture into place but rather use balls. Dr. Patel will place several dental implants into your jawline. The number will be determined prior to the procedure. Ball attachments on top of the dental implants match receptacles built into the bottom of your denture. The ball attachments fit into the receptacles and hold the dentures securely in place in your smile.

Benefits of Dental Implant Solutions

Dental implants merged with dentures can do amazing things for your smile. The ability to give you a full mouth of teeth and allow you to enjoy the benefits of dental implants at the same time make these options unique. Here are three of their major benefits:

Appearance – Dental implants allow for a more natural-looking smile. The dentures that are made for your dental implants will fit seamlessly into your smile and give you the improved appearance you have been wishing for. You will be able to smile again without a second thought as to how your smile looks. You will look as if you finally have the smile you were meant to have.

Stability – One word, osseointegration, is all you need to think about when considering one of the biggest benefits of dental implants. The implants fuse completely with your bone. This means no shifting dentures due to poor adhesives, and no worrying that your denture will move when you laugh or take a bite of food. You can be confident that your teeth are going to stay right where they are supposed to stay.

Bone Health – Losing your teeth is devastating to your smile, but it also puts your bone health at risk. Dental implants protect your jawbone against that risk. They fill the voids left by your lost teeth and keep you from experiencing the bone loss that people suffer from when they lose their natural teeth. You will have a full appearance as long as you have dental implants.

Now you know the specifics about each option. They both replace a whole arch of teeth. They both use dental implants to hold those restorations in place. The big difference is how those dental implants are used within your smile. Much like cars from two different manufacturers, they do the same job but with some different parts. Let Dr. Patel of Panama City Smiles help you choose the dental implant option that will fit your needs. Call our Panama City, FL office today at 850-588-0185 to schedule your appointment.

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