Difference Between Bar Retained Overdenture and Implant Supported Overdenture?

If you are missing several or all of your teeth, your dentist can help! There are various solutions for this problem, ranging from full traditional dentures to implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures are teeth prostheses that are affixed to an implant which has been placed into your jawbone through a surgical intervention. After the surgery to place the implant, as you heal, the implant will become part of your jaw, enabling a sturdy and fairly permanent fixture on which to attach the prosthetic teeth that will restore your smile.

Implant supported dentures come in a variety of configurations and ways to affix the prosthesis to the implant. Among these are bars, balls, and hooks. The type of system that your dentist may recommend will depend on your particular case, your anatomy, and your budget. The main differences between the types of overdentures are how they are supported and how they connect to the implant itself.

Traditional implant supported dentures can be secured with as few as 2 implants on the top and 2 on the bottom of your mouth and are usually affixed to the implant via clasps or other devices. These dentures with only a couple implants are generally removable and must be carefully taken care of to avoid damage to the device and your mouth.

A dental implant bar is made up of several interconnected implants, supported by a complete prosthesis. It can replace all the teeth of the lower or upper jaw and is regarded as stronger than regular implant supported overdentures. The implant bars are anchored in the jaw bones in order to firmly fix the artificial dental roots for better support of the teeth. They are fixed differently depending on the type chosen: you can opt for a jumper type or a push button type. The first is an attachment of small U-shaped metal plates, but there is no attachment. The second, on the other hand, is a dental prosthesis on implants with attachment on the gum.

Here are the different types of dental implant bars

Type 1: the rigid dolder

This type of bar comes in the shape of a U. It comes in two versions: the regular version which only accepts the metal jumper and the micro version which accepts both titanium and plastic jumpers.

Type 2: The round bar

The round bar allows movement or not depending on the configuration. A click is heard when inserting it into the metal jumpers.

Type 3: The milled bar

It can be hybrid or free-form. The first is an ideal solution when the anterior implants are too close together. For the second, it is designed according to the available space. This can be milled in an axis of 2, 4 or 6 degrees.

Type 4: The Hader bar

This bar is similar to the round bar, but its particularity lies in its extensions that close the spaces between the gum and the underside of the bar.

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