What are implant dentures? Dentures that are supported by dental implants are a modern way of restoring the terminal dentition. When teeth are too far decayed/infected to be restored, an implant denture is a wonderful way to get your smile back. Although time goes by and we experience pain and even embarrassment with our smile or ability to chew, we are here to help our patients work thru the big decision of how to restore their smile. There are two different types of implant dentures that are most commonly presented as options:
- Implant supported dentures- These dentures are fully supported by implants and may lightly lay on the gums after the teeth are removed. These provide great stability and natural mouthfeel but may be more expensive.
- Implant retained dentures- These dentures require fewer implants and may require the gums to take some pressure during chewing. This may be a more affordable option but do not provide the same esthetics and mouthfeel as implant supported dentures. These are commonly called “locator dentures” because the denture snaps into locators that act as caps to snap into.