As you might guess, an implant-supported denture is supported by, and attached to, a dental implant. But here's a little more about how they work.
What are dentures?
Typically, supported by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity, dentures are dental prosthetics that replace missing teeth. Most conventional dentures are removable.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium rods that are implanted into the jaw bone. Each dental implant acts as replacements for the roots of a missing tooth. When capped with a dental crown, dental implants make for a permanent and natural looking replacement for missing teeth that feel much like natural teeth.
So, Exactly how do dentures and dental implants work together?
Like we mentioned above, a regular denture rests snugly on the gums and hard tissue of the oral cavity. On the other hand an implant-supported denture is the ideal option for people who don't have any teeth in the jaw, but have enough bone in the jaw to support implants.
In order to hold implant-supported dentures in place the there are special attachments on the denture that snap onto corresponding attachments on the implants. This is what keeps the denture securely in place.
Implants-supported dentures are generally are made for the lower jaw, because regular dentures tend to be less stable there, but you they are available either the upper or lower jaw.