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What are Implant Retained Dentures?

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An implant-retained denture is a type of over- denture that is supported by and attached to implants in the jaw. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. The denture clips on to the implant to keep it in place. An implant-retained denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. It is usual that at least 2 implants are needed to support the denture, but that will be decided depending on your particular needs.

Implant retained dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. However, you can receive an implant-retained denture in either the upper or lower jaw. It is easy to look after your implant retained denture, you will be shown how to remove and clean the denture and how to clean around the implants. As with normal dentures they should be removed before going to bed.


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What does the dentist do?

  1. Assessment: Following initial discussions with the dental surgeon impressions will usually be taken to provide study casts and x-rays taken to ascertain suitability for treatment. Following assessment of all the information gathered a treatment plan will then be formed. In more complex cases there may be the requirement for a CT Scan which would be arranged separately or a second treatment planning appointment, both of these are at the discretion of the dental surgeon.
  2. Implant Placement: implants are placed within the dental practice under local anaesthetic. This procedure is carried out under sterile surgical conditions and can also be supplemented with sedation should this be deemed necessary.
  3. Integration Period (settling in stage): Once the implant is placed it is important to let the implant 'settle' and any existing dentures will have been relieved around the area of the implant sites at the placement stage. The length of time this process takes will vary between patient and implant type, approximate time periods will be advised at the assessment.
  4. Final Restoration: Once the implants are ready to restore the temporary dentures are generally fitted to the implants for a short period whilst the permanent dentures are being crafted. This serves the purpose of enabling the patient to get used to the implants and also gives a spare set of dentures to the patient upon completion as standard dentures are no longer viable for this purpose due to the implant location.


What are the advantages of implant retained dentures?

  • A stable and secure fit of your dentures to your gums.
  • Less denture base covering the roof of your mouth.
  • Improved taste and speech with less denture base.
  • A bite comparable to your own natural teeth.
  • Restored chewing ability with greater enjoyment of food.
  • Improved digestion and well being.
  • No more pressure points or sore spots.


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