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Types of implant-supported dentures

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You might have heard of dental implants and their superior ability to replace missing teeth naturally and effectively.

But did you know that we can combine implants and dentures to provide you with a more cost-effective, fixed smile?

While there are a few differences between the various manufacturers, implant-supported dentures often come in three primary forms: removable, fixed or hybrid.

There are removable overdentures referred to in our world as implant-retained dentures. This kind of implant denture can be removed from the mouth at will, whether for cleaning or sleeping.

In comparison, fixed implant-supported dentures are permanently attached to the mouth and are typically cleaned and maintained like natural teeth.

The hybrid options will use a configuration like a metal bar to lock the implants together to ensure chewing and biting forces are distributed evenly.

Whilst the hybrid needs to use more implants, it will create the necessary stability to chew tough steaks and other impossible foods with dentures.

The hybrid denture also allows the acrylic palate to be removed from the upper denture, which means patients can experience improved taste and texture of foods.

Fixed implant bridges

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In this tooth replacement method, several implants are positioned and then topped with a highly realistic-looking fixed bridge that will replace the entire arch of teeth.

The replacement teeth will be locked into the implants, making them impossible to remove, except for your dentist.

This method uses no acrylic or other unusual materials in the mouth, allowing patients to go about their daily routines.

Traditional dentures vs implant-supported dentures

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Implant-supported dentures reduce and eliminate the limitations often seen with traditional dentures. Their most significant difference from conventional dentures? These are not removable.

Conventional dentures rely on the dental adhesive (glue) and your mouth muscles to stay in place, and as you might know, this does not always create the firmest hold.

As traditional dentures sit on the gums, implant-support dentures use the bone for support and encourage healthy bone mass in the jaw.

With implant-supported dentures, we usually place four implants into the upper or lower jawbone to rehabilitate a complete arch. The procedure is well-choreographed and resource-intensive to ensure long-term success and patient satisfaction.

So, if you are an edentulous patient (with no teeth at all), implant-supported dentures can quickly provide you with a new fixed smile that will be just like your own.

Book a free implant consultation to see how we can make magic happen today.

Implant-Supported Dentures FAQs

What is an implant-supported dentures?

Fixed implant-supported dentures, sometimes referred to as fixed implant bridges, are permanently secured in the mouth and treated and cleaned just like natural teeth.

Rather than simply resting on top of the gums, implant-supported dentures are anchored securely with dental implants that use tiny titanium screws to fix into the jawbone.

The implant-secured dentures provide structural support and stability that drastically reduces bone loss throughout the jaw using this specific technique.

How much do implant-retained dentures cost?

Patients on a budget might turn to implant-supported dentures to save on multiple individual implant placements and crowns.

Implant-retained dentures (removable overdentures) are more affordable as they can be secured with as few as two implants, although this depends on the underlying structure of your mouth.

We charge from £1,900 for implant-secured dentures.

Yet, whilst costs are low, and few implants are used, the difference in bite strength and stability is remarkable.