Implant retained dentures are a great alternative to conventional dentures for patients who require replacement of many teeth. Implant retained dentures do not require many dental implants; depending on the situation, the addition of two to six implants can restore an entire arch of teeth to function closely to natural teeth.
Many patients mistaken implant-retained dentures with implant-supported dentures. However, they are not the same. Implant-retained dentures require less implants and are more affordable and less invasive than implant-supported dentures. This type of denture makes it easier to talk and eat without discomfort, but the dentures do still need to be removed at night to be cleaned.
Implant-retained dentures may be a good option for those who do not mind removing and cleaning their teeth at night, or for those who are okay with avoiding very sticky and chewy foods. They’re also a good choice for balancing the cost versus the functional benefits.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
This type of denture offers the most natural solution to dentures. The denture teeth are still one unit similar to implant-retained dentures; however, they are permanently fixed to the implants below. Implant-supported dentures are not removed for cleaning, cannot dislodge, and can take the full force of a bite. However, achieving this effective option often requires higher expenses. Implant-supported dentures typically require more dental implants to support the denture teeth which is generally a more invasive procedure. These dentures may also require bone and soft tissue regeneration to complete the procedure with a natural and beautiful appearing smile.
Implant-supported dentures are worn at all times even at night, which makes people with TMJ or sleep apnea candidates for this type of implant. The dentures are typically designed with these conditions in mind not to worsen them. These dentures are also a good option for those who want to avoid having removable dentures and don’t mind the higher price point.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do implant retained dentures work?
Implants are placed into the mouth which peep out of the gums. These implants are shaped to click onto special attachments within a denture and hold it securely in place.
I don’t have enough jaw bone to hold in a denture – am I suitable for dental implants?
Most people with loose dentures will have enough bone for dental implants. We carry out a high tech three dimensional CT scan of your mouth at your initial consultation and will be able to determine how much bone you have from from this.
Who are implant-retained dentures suitable for?
People who have loose and uncomfortable dentures, or people who are unable to wear dentures because their gums have shrunk.
Can I change the colour of my teeth?
Yes, we will help you choose an appropriate colour for your teeth. Generally people prefer to go for whiter teeth than they already have, but everyone has different preferences and we are happy to accommodate any requests.
Do implant retained dentures hurt?
No, the procedure itself is painless. We numb the gums so you won’t feel a thing. Afterwards, when the anaesthetic wears off it can be a bit tender, and we advise people to take painkillers for a few days to help with this.
How long does it take?
Implant retained dentures usually take approximately 5 months from the time your implants go in to the time you get your final denture.
Can I keep my old denture and just attach it to some implants?
In some cases this is possible, but generally it is better to have a new denture made to fit over the implants as accurately as possible.
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