An anchored or implant-supported denture is a type of denture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not reinforced by implants.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto the implants.
Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because that’s where regular dentures tend to be less stable. A regular denture can be made to fit an upper jaw which is more stable.
The denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to the base.
The implants are usually placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth, which tends to have more bone than the back of the jaw. This is typically true even if teeth have been missing for some time. Once you lose teeth, you begin to lose bone in the area. Also, the front jaw doesn’t have many nerves or other structures that could interfere with the placement of implants.
Your anchored denture will be more stable than a regular denture. You will find it easier to speak and you won’t have to worry about the denture becoming loose or falling out of your mouth. You generally will be able to eat foods you could not eat before.