Implant Supported Dentures

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What are implant supported dentures?

Implant supported dentures are basically removable dentures that are attached to a set of three or more dental implants. This means that it is possible to replace an entire arch of missing teeth with as little as three implants. Patients can still remove their dentures for maintenance or before bed. The only difference is that they are held firmly in place instead of just resting on the gums.

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How does it work?

There are two main types of implant supported dentures:
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Bar-Retained Dentures

These utilize a metal bar that is shaped to match the curve of your jaw. After the bar is attached to the dental implants, a set of clips or other attachments are used to secure the dentures to the bar.

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Ball-Retained Dentures

This method uses a ball and socket method for security. Typically, the dental implants are fitted with a ball like attachment that fits with a set of sockets found on the bottom of the denture. This is generally considered to be the most stable method.

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What are the benefits?

Removable dentures usually do not interact with the jaw bone which can lead to deterioration over time. Implant supported dentures, however, do provide stimulation and help to maintain bone mass. Other problems, such as slippage and embarrassing clicking sounds, are also nonexistent because the dental implants hold everything steadily in place. Dentures supported by dental implants are easy to maintain and can be removed at will or fixed for a permanent solution. For more information about implant supported dentures in Sterling, Leesburg, & Aldie, VA, contact Dr. Kharmouche and schedule your consultation today.
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Permanent Dentures Improve Your Lifestyle

Implant supported dentures are a great way for patients to enjoy the convenience of removable dentures without the complications. By attaching removable dentures to dental implants, Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche is able to replace an entire arch of missing teeth while still maintaining bone density and avoiding problems such as slippage.

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