The Difference Between Implant Supported Dentures and Non Implant Supported Dentures

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Individuals who have experienced tooth loss have several options available to them. The two main categories of dentures are Implant Supported Dentures and Non Implant Supported Dentures. To help determine which type is best for you, you should consult with your denturist.

What Is the Difference?

Implant Supported Dentures are exactly what they sound like. Metal implants, which look like tiny screws are inserted into the jaw bone. The denture portion, consisting of the gum and tooth section made of acrylic resin or another type of plastic, is affixed to the implants using small metal fasteners similar to the snaps on a coat. Implant Supported Dentures are typically used on the lower jaw because Non Implant Supported Dentures tend to be less stable there. For the upper jaw, a Non Implant Supported Denture is usually sufficient since they are quite stable when used there and do not typically require the metal implants to anchor them.

Why Choose an Implant Supported Denture?

Implant Supported Dentures are more secure than Non Implant Supported Dentures because the implants reduce the amount of unwanted movement. While Non Implant Supported Dentures may slip or rub, especially while chewing, Implant Supported Dentures offer a more secure option that is still removable.

How Do I Care For My Implant Supported Denture or Non Implant Supported Dentures?

You should remove your dentures, Implant or Non Implant Supported, every day for cleaning. Thoroughly clean the denture and gum area just as you would a regular denture. You should not sleep with your dentures in, and should store your dentures in a glass of water so that they do not dry out and crack. If you do not want to have to remove your dentures at night you should consult with your denturist about permanent crown and bridgework. Even though your Implant Supported Dentures are securely anchored, they may still move slightly when you chew. Your denturist will examine your mouth, gums and bite (how your teeth come together) to ensure that this movement is eliminated. Even a small amount of movement can irritate your gums, causing painful sores that could become infected. He or she will also advise you as to when you should return for a checkup to ensure your dentures are in good repair and are still fitting properly.

For more information about Implant Supported Dentures and Non Implant Supported Dentures call the Future Smiles Denture Clinic today at 403.475.0016 and visit

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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