It won't be a surprise to learn that an implant-supported denture is a denture that is supported by and attached to a dental implant. Here's a little more from our Surrey dentist about implant-supported dentures.
Full and partial dentures are dental prosthetics that replace missing teeth. Dentures are most usually supported by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Most conventional dentures are removable.
Dental implants are tiny titanium rods that are implanted into the jaw bone, and act as replacements for the roots of missing teeth. When dental implants are capped with a crown they make for a permanent and natural looking replacement for missing teeth that feel much like your natural teeth.
How do dentures and dental implants work together?
Regular dentures rest on the gums, and are not supported by implants. Implant-supported dentures are a good option for people who don't have any teeth in the jaw, but still have enough bone in the jaw to support implants.
There are special attachments on the implant-supported dentures that snap onto corresponding attachments on the implants. This is what helps to hold the implant-supported dentures securely in place.
Generally implant-supported dentures are made for the lower jaw, since regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Nonetheless you can get a implant-supported dentures for either the lower jaw or upper jaw.