Removable dental implants
Dentures with a twist
Like fixed permanent dentures, removable dentures also use implants to keep the dentures in place and prevent slipping as well as providing additional facial support, particularly for patients with significant bone loss. These dentures, however, can be removed for much easier cleaning taking less effort and less time. Another factor in favour of removable dentures on implants is the lower cost — this option is about half the cost of fixed permanent dentures
We are happy to walk you through the process of implants and the options around removable and fixed implants. Call to arrange a free consultation to discuss what’s right for you.
Removable dentures on implants have the following benefits:
- Lower cost (as much as half the cost)
- Much easier cleaning. Because the prostheses can be removed, cleaning takes much less effort and time
- For patient with severe bone loss, implant overdentures can provide additional facial support. This is an advantage allowed by the denture extension under the lips to fill in the space where bone was lost
The cost of the dental implant surgery will be dependent on how many implants are placed in the jaw as well as the type of denture fabricated over the implants.
Dental Implant dentistry can be a more lengthy treatment. Depending on the bone quality and availability, sometimes bone grafting surgery may be required. Implants typically take 3-6 months to heal. In some cases, immediate temporary appliances can be placed at the time of surgery.
Cost may also be a limiting factor depending on the amount of implants being used and the appliance being restored on the implants.
Typically the minimal number of implants for a removable restoration on the upper jaw, 4 implants are required. 6 or more implants may be required for a non-removable restoration.
Occasionally certain types of food can get caught between the soft gum tissues and the teeth or implants to which they are attached.
An implant-supported prosthesis is a denture which is retained and supported by four or more dental implants. It is fixed on implants. Only your denturist or a dentist will remove the denture for cleaning and examination.
Dental implants can last anywhere from 10-20 years or longer. However, the fixed denture / appliance may need to be replaced as necessitated by wear.
Your conventional denture may be used as a transitional or temporary form of treatment while your implants heal. It is difficult to use your existing denture when your final restoration is complete, it will be reinforced with a cad/cam substructure. Something that cannot be added to an existing denture.