Implant retained dentures, implant supported dentures or implanted dentures (“You say tomato I say tomato…”) and other variations cover two different types of implant treatments to replace missing teeth.
Specifically, an implant retained denture is a denture or a tooth bridge that is held in place in your mouth with dental implants, and is either or ‘fixed’ in the mouth (can only be removed by your dentist) or ‘removable’ (by you). This article discusses why you’d choose implant dentures over traditional dentures, the pros and cons of the two types of implant supported dentures (suitability), and the costs involved for each implant treatment.
For those of you already wearing dentures, you will be well familiar with the challenges:
Further, traditional dentures are often referred to as ‘false teeth’ for a reason - they’re no match cosmetically to natural teeth.
In contrast, an implant denture will:
For most people, the decision to get denture implants will be a life-changing one - it is a surgical procedure after all, so you want to be armed with the right information to make an informed decision about what treatment will work best for you.
Fixed implant dentures, fixed teeth, permanent dentures and ‘All on 4’ are some of the different terms for when dentures are ‘fixed’ in the mouth with dental implants, and can only be removed by your dentist.
Fixed dentures are fully implant supported dentures, and no part of the denture rests on your gums, thus removing any likelihood of irritation from dentures slipping.
All on 4 patients are usually people who have advanced gum disease (the common cause of adult tooth loss), people with failing and broken teeth, and/or traditional denture wearers who are tired of the irritation. Following an appointment where 3D x-rays, scans, and digital images are taken of the patient’s mouth - for crafting and positioning of the implants and tooth bridges - the subsequent four implants (or sometimes six) are then placed in the jaw (upper jaw, lower jaw, or both). Within a few days (depending on healing) a tooth bridge is attached to these implants, with screws, that only your dentist can remove.
An All on 4 implant treatment begins at $25,000 and your dentist will be able to help you understand costs further. Please note, there are a number of payment options available for All on 4 with us, and some of these include:
Commonly referred to as ‘snap on’, ‘snap in’ dentures or overdentures, these removable implant dentures are held in the mouth by two implants at the front of the lower jaw (note: they are not available for the upper jaw). The denture rests partly on the implants and partly on the back of your gums, by two attachments that are on top of the implants, and two that are within the denture, i.e they ‘snap’ into place.
If you are already wearing a lower denture or missing all lower teeth, it will typically take one day to perform the implant placements (under sleep sedation), you’ll then wait for 3-6 months for the implants to heal, and then two appointments will be needed to fit your new denture.
If you still have remaining teeth in your lower jaw that are beyond repair, these teeth are removed first and an immediate denture is supplied while your jaw bone and gums heal.
This implant treatment costs approximately $9,000, including 3D x-rays, treatment planning, implant placement and your new snap-in implant retained denture.
This is a question best answered by your dentist. Most people who are missing most of their teeth will be suitable candidates for All-on-4, however this permanent option is a significant financial investment. The snap-in / overdenture option for your lower jaw might be an appropriate option to get initially, in preference of traditional dentures.
To end, to properly assess what teeth replacement option will work for you - the first step is to book an implant consultation with us, where we will perform a 3D x-ray of your jaw bone/s and discuss your personal goals and circumstances.
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