Implant supported dentures, as the name implies, are dentures supported and held in place by implants inserted directly into the jawbone. These can be full or partial dentures for the top jaw, bottom jaw, or both. As with conventional dentures, these dentures should be removed at night before bed and placed in a cleaning solution to ensure they are kept in good condition and will last. Unlike conventional dentures, however, implant supported dentures are much more stable. They generally are much more comfortable, and more stable than conventional dentures making it easier to speak and eat tough foods. It should be noted however that overly chewy and sticky foods such as taffy or caramel should still be avoided.
Once the implants have integrated into your jawbone, your dentist will make an incision in the gums to expose the implants. Now the abutments that will attach to your permanent denture will be secured to the implants. Your dentist can now make an impression of your gums and the abutments and produce the permanent denture.
Although this series of procedures does take some time to complete, the result is dentures that are much more secure, and comfortable than conventional dentures.