Implant Retained Dentures

Denture Implants & Implant Retained Dentures: Procedure, Costs & FAQ


None of us want to lose a natural tooth, let alone all of them, but conditions mean that many people are living without natural teeth every year. Indeed, 40 million people in the U.S. do not have their own teeth. If you lose all of your teeth in 1 or both jaws, hopefully you need to do something about it, so you can lead a “natural” life.


In the first place, modern dentistry has many ways to avoid tooth loss, but when all teeth are lost, there are a number of solutions too. In most cases, dentures are the go-to alternative. For the majority, they offer an inexpensive and realistic alternative. The problem with dentures is they have to sit on the gums and rely on suction to remain in the mouth. The gum form changes over time and fitting gets worse, meaning loose, and not always stable, false teeth.  Wearers then become fully aware of the fact and become less comfortable and worried about living day to day life.


Implants are a solution for many, particularly for dentures, to do away with some of the biggest inconveniences of traditional dentures.


What are dentures/false teeth?


You may well know what a denture is, but let me take a moment to clarify what exactly a denture is to make sure the contents of this article are accurate. A denture is an external substitute for missing teeth and tissues in the mouth. Many people simply know or call a denture “false teeth”. It is the equivalent of what a prosthetic leg is to someone who has lost a leg. 


You get 2 main types of denture -- full and partial.


Total dentures replace all the teeth in an arch while only a few are replaced by a partial.

They may have just 1 denture for either the bottom or top row of teeth, depending on the individual, or they may have both the top and bottom dentures.


What are denture implants?


Denture implants are man-made screws, usually made of titanium, which are inserted into the mouth's jaw bone during surgery. The screw behaves a little like a natural tooth root when inserted in the bone, providing a secure attachment that can be added to a denture. A jaw requires between 2 and 6 strategically placed implants to keep the false teeth (denture) attached to it in place.


What’s the difference between regular dental implants and denture implants?


Users still misuse the term' implant,' and use it.Some assume an implant is the full artificial replacement tooth when the fact is that the implant is only the portion inserted into the jaw bone, the root of the tooth in nature. A whole artificial tooth consists of three main components: the implant, an abutment, and a dental crown. Implants complete with crown are practical, removing the feeling and strength of natural teeth is the best you can get.


Nonetheless, it is costly, time-consuming and needless to remove a whole set of teeth with such, so most dentists would not prescribe these. If you don't have your own left teeth, then hopefully you want something to cover them.  Dentures are the preferred alternative but dentures kept using implants are an increasingly popular choice. A denture held in place by an implant requires, on average, only 2-6 strategically placed implants per jaw compared with an implant and crown configuration for each tooth. As such, the treatment and recovery are quicker and the costs lower too.


Implants are made in a variety of sizes, depending on how dense the jaw bone is. Typically, a standard-sized implant is used when fitting a crown. As a general rule, the larger the implant, the better it can handle the pressure and forces. Some dentures will be fixed with a large implant but the use of the smaller mini or midi implants is very common. Mini and midi implants are best suited for those with lower bone density, which is quite popular among an age group of people who typically try a denture. Fewer implants and the wide distribution of chewing forces means implants can be mounted more often than not, and dentures can be secured in a fraction of the regular dental implants.

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