An implant-supported denture fits over dental implants that have been installed by your dental clinician. The implant provides excellent stability and support for your denture.
Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are held in place by dental attachments which provide the retentive strength that you desire. Implant overdenture attachments are composed of two working components; an implant abutment that is threaded into your implant, and the denture cap which is retained in the underside of your denture.
The most important consideration in your decision to choose an implant overdenture is the limited retention and stability of a traditional denture which relies on suction alone. Over time, retention only worsens due to continual bone loss (atrophy) of your dental arches from the lack of teeth. The significant concerns regarding function, retention, stability, mastication (chewing), and speaking can be overcome by maintaining the level of bone present in the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible). These issues can be successfully accomplished by keeping your own roots, or if you are edentulous (without teeth) having dental implants placed by your oral surgeon may be an option.
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