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Are Implant Supported Dentures Removable or Permanent? [Ask a Cosmetic Dentist]
Implant supported dentures are popular because they function and feel like natural teeth. The dental implants that hold them in place ensure this. Does that mean that implant supported dentures are forever fixed in place? Can they be removed? To answer these questions, you need to learn about the individual components of implant supported dentures.
A cosmetic dentist explains the different components of implant supported dentures
Implant supported dentures have three major components. The most visible is the dental restoration, or the dentures themselves. They sit above the gum line, where they take up the role of the crowns of the now-missing teeth.
Below the gumline are several implants. These are biocompatible rods, usually made of titanium or some type of silicone. They act as the "root" of the implant supported dentures. Their job is to embed in the jaw and anchor the implants. The third component is a connector, or abutment, that connects the dentures and the implants that sit in the jaw.
Implant supported dentures come in three main variants. By looking at each of the three types, a person can get an idea of whether they are removable.
1. Bar-retained dentures
With this type of implant supported dentures, the cosmetic dentist fits the abutment with a bar that curves along an individual’s dental arch. The bar allows a person to clip a set of customized dentures onto the bar. The bar may have clips that attach to the dentures, or the dentures may have clips that latch onto the bar. It is also possible for both the bar and the dentures to have clips or latches.
These types of dentures are clip-on. This means that the wearer needs to learn how to attach and remove them at will. These dentures are a more stable version of regular dentures. A cosmetic dentist will advise their patient to take them out at night, just like they would traditional dentures. "Clip-on" dentures are stable, but there are more stable and permanent alternatives available.
2. Ball-retained overdentures
Here is what this variant looks like: One end of the abutment attaches to the dental implant. The other end, the one that sits above the gum line, is shaped like a ball. Ball-retained overdentures stay in place with the support of several implants. This means that their base has sockets to accommodate the abutments with the balled ends.
The dentures and abutment attach to each other to form a ball-and-socket joint. Sometimes the dentures have extensions that have balled ends, while the abutments have sockets. Ball-retained overdentures can be either fixed or removable.
3. Permanent implant supported dentures
A person with this type of dentures cannot remove them by themselves. They will need to see a dentist to have them detached from the implants. The implants attach to the abutment with screws instead of clips or ball-and-socket joints.
Implant supported dentures are the most stable option since they require at least four dental implants to act as anchors. They are also the most expensive of the three options.
A cosmetic dentist will walk you through your options
Make an appointment to see our cosmetic dentist. They will evaluate you and work out the type of implant supported dentures that is best suited to your needs.
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