Regular dentures rest on top of
the gums and may cause some level of bone deterioration. They can also cause
complications such as gum irritation, a loose fit, or make clicking sounds when
talking or eating. Implant dentures are anchored in the mouth through dental
implants to prevent any looseness or slipping. They are often used in the lower
jaw area where removable dentures are less stable, but can be placed in the
upper jaw as well.
When you receive bar retained dentures, you will have three or more dental implants placed into the jaw bone. Metal bars are placed along the gums between these implants and the denture rests on top of the bars. This type of structure secures the placement of dentures without the need for a set of steel studs, as used in ball retained dentures.
Ball retained dentures are designed with a ball and socket mechanism, where the base of the denture has several sockets that line up with balls attached to the tops of dental implants that have integrated with the jaw bone. The balls and sockets fit together to create a secure fit, and also allow for an open palate denture. This type of connection is less likely to slip and move, and restores the ability to speak and eat properly.
Many patients prefer implant
supported dentures because they eliminate the rubbing and discomfort associated
with traditional dentures. For more information about implant dentures and
dental implants in San Diego, CA, set up your consultation with Dr. Huamán and Dr. Flores today!