Implant Supported Denture

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Patients missing all of their teeth who may be wearing full dentures make great candidates for dental implants. As any patient who has had dentures for a long period of time will attest, dentures become less and less stable with time. The reason is because of bone loss. The jaws are subject to the rule “form follows function” meaning if there are no teeth the bone is not being loaded. If the bone is not being loaded, the body assumes it is no longer needed and it resorbs/shrinks away. When the bone shrinks away there is less ridge to secure the denture. This is especially noticeable in the lower jaw.


Implant supported dentures snap/lock onto the implants in a similar fashion as Lego bricks, thereby providing stability. There are two main ways implant supported dentures attach. The first way is through a Hader bar, which is secured to the implants. A matching slot is made inside the denture with clips to attach to the Hader bar. This gives the patient solid function and stability.

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The second way implants can support a denture is through an implant ball attachment. It works in a similar fashion as a trailer hitch where a ball attachment on the implant fits into an O-ring housing.


Pam L. (Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014


Due to the severity of my dental needs, my regular dentist referred me to Dr. Engen’s office. Being referred to a periodontal specialist is not something I would wish upon anyone, and it was difficult going to another dentist. However, from the minute I entered their office I was greeted by professional, friendly staff members who acknowledged me with a warm smile and a pleasant, cheerful welcome. The doctors and hygienists demonstrated a high level of expertise and technical competency by effectively communicating the options available to address my dental needs. Each and every staff member I encountered, from the receptionist, to the doctors are extremely dedicated to creating a long term relationship with each one of their patients, including taking the time to educate each patient about oral hygiene. The staff at your office works harmoniously, cooperatively and effectively as a team to make your time with them as productive as possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking resolution to any dental issues and be assured you will be pleasantly surprised with your time with them.

Patricia A.
Jun 29, 2014


Dr. David has a wonderful chairside manner, just as his father did when I saw him many years ago. He made me feel very comfortable