Implant Retained Dentures – What You Need To Know

What are the benefits of Implant Retained Dentures?  Those who have suffered with dental problems may ultimately have to consider getting dentures. While the traditional dentures that are removable have been the choice for many, implant retained dentures are becoming the new choice for patients. The benefits of having implanted dentures offer a host of benefits that makes it a much better choice than the old fashioned design.

Dentures are simply a restoration for missing teeth. You can have a partial set or full set of dentures. They are generally made from a plastic base, with artificial teeth positioned on the frame. This is a replacement for natural teeth, not just for cosmetic reasons. Missing teeth can impact ability to speak clearly, interferes with eating, and can ultimately have negative health consequences. Dentures are used to eliminate these problems.

Implant Retained Dentures

Implant Retained Dentures

Another problem with missing teeth is the impact it has on bone structure. Implant retained dentures not only look natural, but it will make your smile beautiful again. It will keep your facial structure younger looking, because the teeth help hold everything in place.

Working with your dentist to decide if you want implant retained dentures is something you will have to discuss with your provider. The first step of this process involves a consultation. Your dental and health history will be evaluated, and your dentist will take x-rays and make a mold of your bite. This will be evaluated to make sure your dentures will be successful.

Once you have gone through the evaluation process, you will be fitted with a wax base with the replacement teeth set. Once the fit is perfect, then an acrylic denture base is added.

If you have any type of gum disease, then your dentist must deal with any of these issues before you can receive your dentures. You might have to have existing teeth extracted to get the right fit, and then let your mouth heal. If you do have to go without permanent teeth for awhile, you should be able to wear  immediate dentures provided by your dentist.

Some of The Reasons People Choose Implant Retained Dentures:

Substantial bone loss over time may have led to a lower jaw. This lower jawbone may not be able to support a denture. Using two implants offers a solid foundation, meaning a denture can be supported by someone who can wear the loose dentures.

Upper jawbone may also be shrunk, leaving no ride and an inadequate palate depth to support an upper denture. Some individuals also react with too much gag reflex, making it impossible to tolerate a denture base in the top of the mouth. The size of denture implants allows the base to be fitted, taking up less space in the mouth. This gives people who previously have been unable to wear dentures a new option.

The costs involved will vary considerably. Individual clinics charge different rates, so if cost is a factor it is best to shop around. Once you have a provider, you have other considerations, such as the complexity of the fitting and job, the materials used, and the types of materials used. The cost of implant retained dentures can be very varied and quite expensive, ranging from $12,500 right up to $25,000 for a full set. Prices can differ depending on which country you get the procedure done, so make sure you do plenty of research before deciding on a location.


Implant retained dentures are more secure than traditional dentures. Removable dentures must be held in place by a bonding agent, and are traditionally known for coming loose when you eat certain foods. Implants are held in place more securely and are overall more reliable.

Implant dentures are also more comfortable for the wearer. Most people report they don t even feel like they have dentures in.

Implant retained dentures also prevent the wearer from experiencing sore spots and pressure points commonly associated with removable dentures.

When wearing implanted dentures, it prevents further bone loss that occurs from missing teeth. This also allows the facial structure to stay the same, and keeps your mouth healthier.

If Implant Retained Dentures Are Not An Option…

If an individuals jawbone just isn’t strong enough to support a full set of implanted dentures, there is another option. Mini implants are a smaller version of the full set. These implants are not a permanent solution, but there are still tremendous advantages.

The procedure itself isn’t invasive, and the gums don’t even have to be opened. Perhaps one of the biggest draws is that this treatment is not as expensive as implant retained dentures, and it can also be a temporary fix when working towards a long term plan.

When considering implant retained dentures, it is an exciting new alternative for your smile. There is no better way to improve your self esteem than by replacing your missing teeth with permanent implants.

Your health is also in better condition, as gum diseases can cause other health issues. Investing in dentures can save health problems later on.

Wondering if implanted dentures are right for you? Visit your dentist and start getting information and see if they will be a good fit with your dental needs.


Dr. Brad Revering explains how implant retained dentures work:

Further information on implant retained dentures:

- Oral MD article with great pictures

- IRD’s on eHow

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