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