What is an implant supported denture?

An implant supported denture is a type of removable denture attached to dental implants, or overdentures, and is used when there is no teeth in the jaw but there is enough bone for implants to be placed to support the overdenture. There are two types of implant supported dentures:

  1. Bar-retained dentures: A narrow metal bar curves around the jaw while a number of implants hold it in place. Clips or attachments are added on the bar, denture or both, and the denture is placed over the bar and attached to the clips, etc.
  2. Ball-retained dentures: A number of implants are placed in the jawbone, with ball shaped protrusions (called ‘male’ attachments), that fit into socket attachments on the dentures (called ‘female’ attachments). This is shown in the image on the left.





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