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Denture Anchors definition: Dental devices designed to support (i.e., anchor) a removable denture in the oral cavity. These anchors are usually fixed to a natural support such as a tooth (e.g., extracoronal anchor) or the gingiva acting as a retaining component; the anchors may be also fixed to dental implants (e.g., ball-and-bar anchors). Denture anchors usually include locking capabilities (e.g., nuts, soldering caps, castable threads); they are intended to support a variety of (either rigid or resilient) dentures and overdentures with different characteristics, provided that the denture-locking component matches the anchor design. Dedicated denture anchors may be used as the fixed component of a two-component dental attachment for dentures.
Suture Anchors definition: Implants used in arthroscopic surgery and other orthopedic procedures to attach soft tissue to bone. One end of a suture is tied to soft tissue and the other end to the implant. The anchors are made of a variety of materials including titanium, stainless steel, or absorbable polymers.
Denture Anchors, Ball definition: Denture anchors designed with a spherical locking element for connection to a removable denture. These anchors are typically a metal or plastic ball (some anchors may have rectangular rather than round cross-sections) that is fixed to a natural tooth (extracoronal fixing) or an implant; both vertical and horizontal ball anchoring devices are available for either rigid or resilient attachment to removable dentures and/or overdentures. Ball anchors used as extracoronal or implant-retaining elements have a wide range of applications; dedicated ball anchors may be used as the fixed component of a two-component dental attachment for dentures.
Denture Anchors, Bar definition: Denture anchors designed with a locking bar element for connection to a removable denture. These anchors are typically a metal or hard plastic bar that is secured to extracoronal, gingival tissue and/or dental implants for either rigid or resilient attachment to partial dentures and/or overdentures. Bar anchors used as extracoronal or implant-retaining elements have a wide range of applications; dedicated bar anchors may be used as the fixed component of a two-component dental attachment for dentures.