Since denture implants (aka implant retained dentures) are highly durable, natural looking and well secured, they are becoming a popular alternative to traditional dentures.
But there is still some confusion about exactly how denture implants work and what the requirements are to get them.
Do I need to get a full set of denture implants?
Not necessarily. You can get denture implants for a single missing tooth or many. You may not need to get a full set. You will only need to consider a full set of denture implants if you have lost all of your natural teeth.
How do dentures attach to implants?
Implant retained dentures are dentures that are supported by titanium screws placed into the jaw bone.
The titanium implant has a small attachment at the top that clicks into the component on the bottom of the denture, allowing it to fasten to the jaw. Because of the secure fit that denture implants provide, they are a great option for people who struggle with denture stability or who feel uncomfortable with suction dentures.
Can anyone have implant retained dentures?
Unfortunately not. It is always necessary to visit a dentist if you are considering the option of implant retained dentures as certain aspects must be assessed before we know whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
What alternatives are there to denture implants?
Suction dentures look like any other type of denture from the outside and attach when a vacuum is created between the denture and the gum. Suction dentures are a good alternative for people who don’t want or can’t have implant-retained dentures while still providing a secure and comfortable fit.
Acrylic dentures are the most common type of partial denture and often have clasps added for extra stability. Acrylic dentures are affordable, easy to repair and add more teeth to.