For patients missing a majority of their teeth, implant-retained dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, are commonly used. Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are secured in place using implants in the jaw. They are often used when a patient no longer has teeth remaining in their mouth but enough bone in their jaw to support implants. Implant-retained dentures snap into place on top of implants but can be removed for cleaning.
These dentures provide a number of benefits and are a great improvement from traditional removable dentures. Implant-retained dentures do not require any adhesives or powders to help the dentures stick and are very secure and comfortable, significantly improving the ability to chew. Because they preserve bone in the jaw and restore lip-support, implant-retained dentures also help maintain facial structures and minimize wrinkles.