There are 2 types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will match the shade of your gums. Acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to this base. We need at least 2 implants for support; we more often use ball-retained dentures for their simplicity and reduced cost.
Bar-retained dentures A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to 2 to 5 implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips, screws or other types of attachments are attached to the bar and the denture. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
Ball/ LOCATOR® retained dentures Each implant in the jawbone holds an attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. It works like a press-stud mechanism, keeping the denture steady in the mouth but allowing its removal for cleaning.