Ball retained denture implants, or snap-in dentures, are one of the two types of implants available to hold dentures in the mouth, the other being bar-attached denture implants. Dentures are made of acrylic and closely resemble natural teeth and gums. Very often, today’s dentures simply look like very clean and straight teeth without anything to give away that they are false. Some people, however, have a problem using dentures because they won’t stay properly in the mouth on the gums. This is where the implant-supported dentures really come in handy. In fact, they can often mean the difference between someone being able to comfortably wear their dentures and not.
Upper dentures typically stay far better than lower dentures. This is because there’s a part of the denture that actually covers the roof of the mouth, also known as the upper palate. This action of this touching actually helps hold them in place. Lower dentures, however, are simply a strip that goes over the gums without any large piece to act as a suction to hold them in. If the gums aren’t large enough to hold false teeth in place, denture implants can be necessary.
Ball retained implants are one type of implant used to do so. Someone choosing to have a denture implants procedure can have as few as two implants that go through the gums into the jawbone. These look very similar to how they sound, with a ball shape on top that typically “snaps” into a matching socket on the inside of the dentures to hold them in place, hence the name, “snap-in dentures”. Someone who needs these implants to hold a lower denture in place could have two implants, with one on each side of the mouth, holding it in place quite well. Some people may need one or two more for the best hold, and if they choose to go with this option on the uppers, so they can have the open palate denture option, they will almost certainly need four, or more, of the attachment studs.
Denture implant surgery is often a good option for someone who has a lot of trouble keeping the lower teeth in. Even if they just slip a bit, it can make a person feel far less confident in smiling and can even interfere with daily activities. Ball retained dental implants can help restore that confidence and make everything from talking to chewing easier and are well worth the associated denture implants cost.
What Are Denture Implants?
Missing teeth are quite common these days. Did you know that 21% of all Americans are missing all or some of their pearly white teeth? Missing all or some of your teeth can greatly impact the quality of life that you have. If you are missing parts or a complete set of teeth you probably wear a form of denture. Most dentures use an adhesive and stick to the gums, as well as the roof and bottom of your mouth. Although these types of dentures help you to chew soft food, they are known to slide around and cause great discomfort to the people who use them. Is there a denture that does not slide around or cause discomfort? The answer is yes and the method is through denture implants.
What are denture implants you might ask? Denture implants are still a denture, but a much smaller denture with an open gap to give you an open pallet. A dentist simply drills aluminum alloy screws into the jaw bone that have a small rounded ball tip that sticks out of the jaw. The metal rounded ball is about the size of half of a tooth. Typically affordable dental implants only require two screws on both the bottom and top of the mouth bone structure. Once the screws have been installed, the dentures themselves have an aluminum ball catcher up inside of the denture. A person simply snaps the dentures into place on top of the implants and presto, you have sturdy open pallet dentures.
The beauty of these types of implant-supported dentures is that you can eat an apple with ease without worrying about your dentures sliding around and causing you discomfort. The pallet is now open which greatly improves the taste of food and it really does feel like you have your own set of sturdy teeth back. Chewing nuts, hard candy, and crisp fresh fruit no longer is a problem once you have denture implants installed.
Who can perform this type of denture installation? You may already be thinking that an oral surgeon is the only person qualified to do such a thing, but many dentists can do the implant denture installation. Technology has even created what are called mini denture implants which installs 4 aluminum pins that are the size of a toothpick. This type of installation takes about an hour and is an outpatient procedure that most dentists can perform.
If you want to be able to chew and eat food again, make the choice and get some denture implants installed. Believe us when we say that you will never look back after getting your sturdy, comfortable, and affordable denture implants.
Implant-supported dentures are over-dentures that are fixed to the gums by dental implants so that they don’t rest on the gum like conventional dentures. These denture implants are most often used in the lower jaw because conventional dentures don’t fit properly in the lower jaw. However, implant-supported dentures can be used in the upper jaw as well. An implant-supported denture snaps into place over a framework that is anchored to dental implants and can be removed at night or for cleaning.
Types of Implant Dentures
There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-attached dentures and ball-retained dentures. Bar-attached denture implants are attached to a thin metal bar that runs between several dental implants in the jawbone. Clips are used to attach the dentures to the bar, which is curved to match the shape of the jawbone.
Ball-retained dentures or stud-attachment dentures use a ball-and-socket design to attach the dentures to the implants. Usually, the implants have a ball on top of them, and the dentures have sockets. The dentures snap into place over the implants. Sometimes the balls and sockets are reversed. If that is the case, the implants will have sockets and the balls will be located on the dentures.
Why Choose Implant-Supported Dentures?
Those who are thinking about having denture implants surgery usually want to know why they should choose them instead of conventional dentures. Although the denture implants cost is more than traditional dentures, there are many benefits that may justify the cost of getting implants.
Confidence in Public
Those who opt for implant-supported dentures are more confident when they talk, laugh, and eat in public. This is because they do not have to worry about their false teeth slipping or falling out while they are eating or engaged in conversation. Snap-in dentures are also less likely than conventional dentures to interfere with normal speech.
Implant retained dentures are more comfortable than conventional dentures because they are secure and feel like normal teeth. In addition, people who have decided to undergo the denture implants procedure do not have to cope with the canker sores that can be caused by conventional dentures. The palate is not covered by implant dentures so the normal feel of the mouth is retained. It is uncomfortable when your tongue hits a plastic sheet instead of your palate. Also, since implant-supported dentures are held firmly in place by the implants, there is no danger of the discomfort caused by loose dentures sliding around in the mouth.
Better for Eating
Conventional dentures only provide about 20% of eating efficiency. Many people have to take out their conventional dentures before they eat. Implant attached dentures restore eating capacity to 50% of what normal teeth can offer. People with any type of dentures should avoid very hard and sticky foods.