Implant Retained Dentures

A denture is a set of false teeth that rests on the gums, and they have been the go to option for many decades.

However loose dentures are a common complained among wearers and no matter how good the fit is, sometimes there can be an underlying issue. Implant retained dentures can transform the lives of those wearing full dentures.

 

What Are Denture Implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. The implants provide a strong foundation for your denture to attach to. Generally you need around two – six implants to hold a set of dentures in place. Your dentures can still be removed when needed. Click here for more information on how implants work {link back to dental implants page}.

What Are the Advantages of  Implant Retained Dentures?

Theoretically you could have an implant for each tooth in the jaw, but this would be expensive and unnecessary. A popular alternative option is dentures that are held in place by implants. The advantages of this option include….

  1. Costs. Treatment is affordable and very reasonably priced compared with alternative options. Alternative options would be to replace the denture with implants and a fixed bridge or denture which can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

If your current dentures are in a good condition we can often use these with the implants so there is no need to make new dentures keeping the costs low for you.

  1. Security and retention. A good set of full dentures should hold to the natural gums really well, without the need for adhesive and without the you being concerned of possible slippage.
  2. Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. The implants secure the denture and create better lip support.
  3. Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. By ‘fixing the dentures in place with implants allows you to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain.
  4. Improved self-esteem. Implants retained dentures can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself without the worry that your dentures may ‘slip out’ when speaking and eating.
  5. Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.

What is the Procedure for Implant Retained Dentures?

  1. The first step your dentist will do is a full assessment to check your suitability for treatment. This will include a thorough evaluation, including x-rays to assess your jaw bone. Your dentist will also discuss alternative options for you as well such as bridges and dentures. You dentist will be able to give you a preliminary estimate for the treatment.

To be able to check if your jaw bone is suitable for implants you dentist will need to take a 3D scan. We will be able to discuss the scan with you and go through what the procedure entails.

  1. The next process is to take some initial records of your teeth as a ‘before treatment’ clinical record. This involves clinical photographs and either a scan or impressions of your teeth. This is often completed by one of our qualified nursing team.
  2. Your dentist will review all the records again with you in depth. You will be given a full written consent and treatment estimate. You will have plenty of time to ask any questions you may have.
  3. The next stage is placing the implant. This is completed under local anaesthetic, the same as you would for a filling. A small incision is made in your gum to access the bone underneath. There will be some drilling and water whilst the jawbone is being prepared for the implant. The implant is placed with a cover screw over the top to protect it. The gum is them sutured back into place.

The surgery itself doesn’t take very long around 30-40 minutes. You shouldn’t feel any pain but you may be slightly sore and swollen afterwards. We’ll supply you with an aftercare pack with painkillers and instructions on keeping the area clean.

  1. We’ll review you a week or so later and remove any sutures still remaining. We’ll leave the area for at least three months for the implant to integrate into the jaw bone.
  2. After about three months we’ll bring you back to ‘uncover’ the implant. We’ll give you some local anaesthetic and use a dental laser to remove the gum above the implant. We use a laser instead of a scalpel as it stems any bleeding as we go and faster healing.

Once the top of the implant is accessed the cover screw is removed and a locator abutment is placed. This will be visible in your mouth through the gum.

We’ll then adjust your denture and add processing caps in the denture adjacent to where the locator abutments are. We’ll add acrylic to your denture where needed until we get a good fit and seal over the implants.

What Can I Expect After Treatment?

Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care with a good oral hygiene routine. In order to keep your implants clean and plaque-free, brushing will still apply! After treatment, your dentist will advise the best care plan for you. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.

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