Dental Implants

Dental Implant Supported Dentures

The more permanent and effective solution for denture wearers

Implant Supported Dentures London Clinic

Dentures have been a popular treatment for missing teeth for several decades and now patients can combine the benefits of dentures and dental implants for improved functionality and excellent aesthetics. Implant-supported dentures, which are sometimes referred to as retained dentures are fixed on to the jawbone via the use of dental implants. They have a wealth of benefits over traditional dentures and they address many of the problems and issues that are raised by denture-wearers.

The procedure

In order to fit dental implant retained dentures, it is first necessary to place the dental implants; this involves making an incision in the gum and lifting the gum tissue flap to access to jaw bone; the dentist then drills a small hole in the jaw bone and the implant is inserted into the socket. Once the implants are in place, they are left to heal and integrate into the jaw bone and once this process is complete, the denture can be attached. It is possible to fit partial and complete dentures to dental implants and the dentures can be fixed or removable.

Benefits of implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures provide solutions to many of the concerns frequently raised by denture-wearers. With dental implants in place to anchor the denture, there is no risk of the denture coming loose, causing irritation of the gums or slipping when you eat, which gives patients complete peace of mind and the confidence to eat in front of other people and make more adventurous food choices than they would if they wearing conventional dentures. Implant-supported dentures also increase the power and ability to chew and grind down food, which means that no foods are off-limits.

The anchorage provided by implant-supported dentures also means that there is no need for denture adhesive, which can be tricky to get used to for some patients.

Implant-supported dentures also provide enhanced comfort and there is no risk of soreness which is a common gripe of standard denture wearers.

Who can benefit from implant-supported dentures?

Anyone who has a large number of missing teeth and has experienced problems with dentures in the past can benefit from implant-retained dentures. They are also a good option for people who are wary of having dentures for the first time because of concerns about function, fit and comfort.

Before treatment, your dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your mouth and order scans of your mouth to check that you are a suitable candidate for treatment. Dentists need to check the density of the jaw bone to ensure that there is sufficient bone mass to support a dental implant and check that the patient has no health problems or conditions that may affect the success of implant treatment. During the consultation stage, patients can ask questions about the procedure and the treatment and address any concerns before they agree to go ahead with treatment.