Implants are typically used to replace missing teeth with crowns instead of a fixed bridge or a removable partial denture.
Implants are also used to securely attach full dentures directly to the jaw, eliminating the need for adhesives that often fail, causing dentures to loosen. Implant-supported dentures can be worn by anyone who doesn't have any teeth in their jaw (a current denture wearer), but has enough bone in their jaw to support dental implants.
Supporting Your Dentures
Now there's an implant choice!
While Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw (because regular dentures tend to be less stable there), you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Implant-supported dentures are removed daily to clean, and as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night.
While some people prefer to have permanent crowns and bridgework in their mouths that can't be removed, others will be more comfortable with an implant-supported denture that snaps firmly onto and off of the supporting implants. Together, we will consider your lifestyle, along with all of your particular needs and preferences when deciding on fixed or removable dentures.