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Get Your Smile and Life Back with Implant-supported Dentures

So many patients who have chosen implant-supported dentures report that they are happy, comfortable, and regained their confidence for the first time since the loss of their natural teeth. Implant-supported dentures are the closest thing to your own natural teeth. 

Traditional dentures rest on the gums and are not supported by implants in the mouth. Rather than having your gums serve as the only foundation for your dentures, implant-supported dentures are anchored to your jaw with dental implants. This makes them a more functional, stable, and resilient option than conventional dentures.


Since implant-supported dentures are completely implant-supported, there is no pressure being exerted on your gums. This means that they will not rub and cause sore spots. Because they are implant based, this also means that they are constantly stimulating your jawbone. This eliminates bone loss which would happen with non-implant-supported dentures. Over time, this leads to a healthier mouth overall and means that you will not suffer the same cosmetic ill-effects that come alongside traditional dentures, like sinking lips and cheeks.


If a patient has enough bone in the jaw for the implants, then an implant-supported denture is a wonderful option.


What is a Dental Implant?

An implant is a screw-like titanium post that replaces damaged or missing teeth. Dental implants are placed into the jaw where they bond with the bone creating a strong stable foundation on which a specialized denture can be attached. They are more secure, comfortable, and discreet than traditional dentures and are an investment that can last a lifetime. Most implant-supported dentures are attached with 2-6 implants.

What Are the Main Types of Implant-supported Dentures?

There are two main types of dentures: Removable Implant-Supported Dentures and Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures.


Removable Implant-Supported Dentures

This type of denture is supported by implants but is still removable by the wearer and is usually recommended for patients who have tooth loss, but still have enough supportive bone in their jaw to support the implants. These implant supported dentures do not sit on the gums, but are attached to the implants, making them much more comfortable than conventional dentures. There are two types of removable implant-supported dentures: bar retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like your natural gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are then attached to the base.

  • Bar-retained dentures — A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
  • Ball-retained dentures — Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped ("male" attachments), and they fit into sockets ("female" attachments) on the denture.
  • Locator-retained dentures-Denture locator implants similar to ball retained implants. A specialized set of dental implants that are inserted into the jaw to provide solid, fixed-position anchors. The denture then snaps securely into these locator implants for a stable fit.
Bar retained denture

Bar retained denture 

Ball retained denture

Ball retained denture 

Locator retained denture

Locator retained denture

Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures

Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures are the most permanent dental implant. They are extremely lifelike and are the option that is closest to natural teeth. A fixed denture is screwed (or fixed) into your mouth. It remains in your mouth all the time and only your denturist or dentist can remove them. This option usually requires the biggest investment but can be life-changing for those who want freedom from having to care for their dentures every day, although daily brushing like your natural teeth and regular hygiene appointments are still necessary.

fixed implant supported dentures technique

Which Dental Implant is Best For Me?

There are several factors that will determine the right type of dental implant for you. This will depend on the position and number of teeth that you are missing, the integrity of your bone, as well as your age and expectations.

Our team at Hosack Denture Clinic will review your options and help you decide which type of implant is best for your needs and lifestyle. If you are interested in booking a free implant-supported denture consultation to discuss if implant-supported dentures are right for you, call 403-327-7244.

Are Dental Implants for You?

Do you find chewing difficult? Does eating raw vegetables hurt your gums? Are your dentures loose, causing frequent soreness? Are your gums shrinking? You may be a candidate for dentures on implants.


Dental implants are artificial titanium roots that are placed into the jaw where they bond with the jawbone to form virtually permanent supports for stabilizing complete or partial dentures. Such stabilization significantly reduces bone loss or “resorption”, which naturally occurs whenever natural teeth are missing and have not been replaced. By preventing the bone resorption, dental implants preserve the integrity of the facial structures.


The number of implants placed, and their location is determined by the quantity and quality of available bone. Implants are placed into the jawbone by a dentist who has had specialized training in implant placement.


Once the implants have been placed, conventional dentures with temporary liners can be worn while the implant sites are healing. Once healing is complete, and the implant exposed, the a removable implant-supported denture will be constructed and attached. Because the new denture can be firmly anchored to the man-made roots (implants), there is none of the slipping and sliding associated with conventional dentures.

The biting and chewing function are greatly improved, resulting in better digestion of food. Patients can eat their favourite foods again, even corn on the cob and apples. They speak and smile with confidence, without fear of dentures dropping.


Anyone in good general health with missing teeth is a candidate for implant dentures. There are a few conditions which can undermine the success of implant treatment, such as uncontrolled diabetes and heavy smoking.


Many of the people who now enjoy the benefits of implant-supported dentures claim their self esteem and self confidence have been restored as a result of improved appearance, function, comfort and health.


If you’d like to learn more about dental implants and find out if they are for you. Call Hosack Denture Clinic at 403-327-7244 for a no charge consultation.

Benefits of Implant-supported Dentures

Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth, resulting in increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking and eating.

Call Hosack Denture Clinic 403-327-7244 for all your denture needs and let us show you a “Better Way to Eat, Smile and Live”.

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