Implant-retained dentures are revolutionising the experience of wearing dentures, so if you are a current denture wearer or have been recommended dentures for the near future, you may want to consider this option.
Implant-retained dentures are held in place by being attached to a number of dental implants placed in your jaw bone. This means that the dentures won’t move, giving you the freedom to laugh, talk and eat without worrying that your dentures are going gape or even drop out.
Implant dentures are giving denture wearers the confidence to show off their smiles and enjoy a much more varied diet. They are also comfortable and can help prevent future bone loss.
Why have this treatment with us?
- The best implant systems on the market
- Years of implant experience & high success rate
- Smile, eat and chew with confidence
- Interest-free and low interest finance options
- Free, no-obligation initial consultation
Take a look through our patient gallery below to see real-life examples of how implant dentures have transformed our patients’ smiles and restored their confidence.
Why replace missing teeth?
If you have a number of missing teeth, it can significantly impact on not only your oral health but your overall health.
In a mouth where all the teeth are present, they work in unison with one another to help you bite, chew and talk. Each tooth supports the tooth next to it to prevent it from moving. The opposing teeth keep each other in the right place and all of the teeth support the surrounding bone. If you lose a tooth then this delicate balance is upset; if you have lots of missing teeth, problems can be even more far-reaching.
Teeth either side of the gaps can begin to drift, while teeth opposing the gap can begin to drift up or down and the bone that surrounded the tooth that has been lost can begin to resorb. You may find that you have to change how you bite, or even cut something out of your diet altogether because it’s too difficult to chew.
If left untreated, significant bone loss as a result of tooth loss can give your face a sunken, much older appearance. We’ve all seen older people – perhaps a grandparent – remove their dentures; their faces instantly loss definition and the mouth can appear to almost collapse in on itself.
Your gum architecture can also be interrupted by drifting teeth – this can lead to gum disease, more tooth loss and some studies would suggest that it may even contribute to health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes.
It is therefore important to stabilise the bone and surrounding teeth using either a denture, dental bridge or dental implant to prevent these problems from worsening.
What are dental implants?
An implant comes in two parts. The first is an artificial root made from titanium that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw and, in time, will bond with the jawbone. The second part is what is attached to the dental implant root. For those missing one tooth, a crown will be created to perfectly match your existing teeth. If you have a full set of dentures, this can be attached to four or six dental implant roots for a really sturdy result.
What are implant-retained dentures?
Implant-retained dentures are dentures that are secured in your mouth by attaching them to dental implants. You can have full and/or partial dentures for the upper and/or lower jaws. They must still be removed for cleaning but, when worn, will sit comfortably in one position. One of the many benefits of implant dentures is that they don’t need a plate to cover the roof of your mouth – most wearers find they retain their sense of taste and are able to enjoy the experience of eating much more than with conventional dentures.
It is possible to replace all of your teeth with full dentures with just a small number of dental implants. An additional benefit is that having dental implants within your jaw is that they can encourage your jaw bone to strengthen and ossify at the implant site. This can help you protect your underlying facial structure.
How long will dental implants last?
In a healthy person with a healthy mouth and bone, implant roots (the metal part) should last as long as natural teeth. They need caring for as natural teeth do. The crowns or bridges supported by the implants can last a decade or more.
Will dental implant treatment hurt?
All treatment is carried out under a local anaesthetic and, if you’re a nervous patient, we can offer dental sedation to make you as comfortable as possible about the procedure. Dental implant treatment is a minor surgical procedure that has been performed for many years, with an excellent success rate. Once your new implant has been placed we normally wait around three to six months to allow full healing, then we can place your dentures. For most patients, treatment from beginning to end takes around eight to 18 months.
Are dental implants safe?
Fortunately, there are very rarely problems associated with dental implants. They have a success rate of up to 98% and, with proper care, can last many years. A few of the problems that can sometimes exist with dental implants are:
- Peri-implantitis - this is the destructive inflammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding dental implants, and is similar to periodontitis which occurs around natural teeth. The best way to prevent peri-implantitis is to maintain good oral health care regime by visiting the dental hygienist regularly after the implants have been placed. You should avoid smoking as this can increase the risk of developing peri-implantitis.
- Pain after the implants have been placed - this is normally controlled by taking over-the-counter painkillers for one to two weeks after a dental implant is placed and is generally part of the healing process. However, if the pain continues and becomes severe, then please contact us immediately as there may be an underlying problem causing the pain. Discomfort after implant placement is normal, excessive pain is not.
What is the dental implant procedure?
The procedure for dental implants is generally as follows:
- You come to practice for a free initial consultation to discuss suitability.
- If you’re a suitable candidate, we will take diagnostic x-rays and impressions.
- Your dentist will discuss the results of these x-rays and impressions with the dental technician and any additional oral surgeon.
- Measurements of your jaw and bite will be taken for the dental implant placement planning.
- The dental implant is placed and you are fitted with a transitional denture which will act as a temporary.
- You wait for approximately four to six months for the dental implant to integrate entirely with the surrounding bone.
- You go back to the dentist to have the final impression taken.
- The transitional tooth is removed and the final crown/bridge/denture is fitted.
This is a very broad outline of the treatment stages. To be on the safe side, you should allow approximately eight months from the initial decision to have implant dentures to having the final denture fitted. Treatment times and procedures will also vary depending on your individual clinical case. At your free consultation at our dental practice in Bolton, this will be discussed with you so that you are fully aware of the entire dental implant procedure. If you need a bone graft, the procedure may take longer.
Can anyone have dental implants?
Although most people are suitable candidates for dental implants, they aren’t always the right solution, especially if you have significant bone loss or you’re a smoker. To find out whether implant dentures would be right for you, we recommend that you book a free initial consultation so that we can discuss your individual case and give you advice that’s tailored specifically to you.
The cost of dental implants can vary significantly, so it is difficult to give you an exact price without seeing you first. At our initial free consultation, we can give you a clear idea of the exact cost for you and how we have arrived at that price. The cost of dental implants vary due to the following factors:
- The number of teeth to be replaced - a single dental implant is required to replace one tooth, yet three teeth can be replaced with only two dental implants.
- The amount and quality of bone - sometimes we may need to perform a bone graft during an additional surgical procedure in order to regenerate and/or create more bone in which to place the dental implant. This happens in cases where you have some bone loss caused by a missing tooth/teeth.
- The design of the dental implant - sometimes the final crown is screwed onto the implant, sometimes it is bonded with a special dental glue. Different clinical situations may dictate how the implant is technically constructed and this can have an impact on the cost of the overall tooth replacement.
At our dental practice in Bolton, on the outskirts of greater Manchester, dental implants typically cost from £2,200. Other prices are below:
Diagnostic CT scan: from £145
Surgical guide stent: from £95
When you come to us for implant dentures, we will provide a thorough estimate of your proposed treatment, giving you complete visibility and choice before you commit to going ahead. If your cosmetic dental treatment is valued at £1,000 or more and you would like to spread the cost, we offer interest-free and low interest finance for up to 24 months.