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When you have dentures, you may wish that they felt more secure so that you could enjoy your favorite foods. You may also worry that the adhesives will fail and your dentures will slip while you are speaking, causing you embarrassment. Perhaps your dentures are irritating your gums, resulting in inflammation. All of these are common complaints of denture wearers, but there is a solution. Dr. J. Darrell Steele can anchor your dentures in place using dental implants in Coppell, Texas.
There are two types of hybrid dental implants dentures: bar retained and ball retained. With bar retained dentures, several implants are strategically placed in the jaw bone and then fit with a metal bar. Your dentures will rest on this bar instead of your gum line and will be held in place with clasps.
The ball retained method uses a ball and socket application with small, metal balls fastened to the tops of three or more strategically placed dental implants. Dentures are retrofitted with a socket corresponding to each metal ball. The dental implants and dentures then snap together for a firm hold.
Both methods rely upon strategically placed dental implants. Dentures are held more securely with these methods. In addition, dental implants preserve bone through their stimulation of the jaw bone. Patients are able to experience some of the greater advantages associated with having dental implants and dentures. Implant supported denture techniques may be used on the upper or lower jaws and are a removable option.
If you cannot decide between dental implants or dentures due to budget or health concerns, talk with Dr. Steele about implant supported dentures. A quick consultation with our doctor can help you to decide if you could benefit from dentures supported by dental implants in Coppell, Texas.
Dr. J. Darrell Steele, an oral surgeon in Coppell, Texas, serves patients from Grapevine, Carrollton, Lewisville, and Irving. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!