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Implant-Supported Dentures

Various implant methods and denture techniques make it easy to get confused or lost in the options available. We can help advise what’s best. Dental implants support fixed dentures, so you’ll never have an embarrassing moment again.

A Fully Reconstructed Smile that Lasts a Lifetime

Are you missing a lot of teeth? Have you heard about implant-supported dentures? Often, when adults lose teeth as they age, or through trauma, decay or disease, we would recommend implant-based treatments as a safe, and effective way to help you improve your smile while keeping it healthy.

With implant-supported dentures, we can preserve the aesthetic view of the mouth and also maintain the overall structure of the mouth by preventing other teeth from shifting out of their natural positions.

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Quick answers to essential questions:

  • What is an implant-supported denture? They are a type of overdenture that can replace several missing teeth at once. Using a minimum of two dental implants for support, an implant-supported denture is used to replace teeth on both the top and bottom of the mouth.
  • Are implant-supported dentures good? Long been hailed as a lifelike, effective solution to treat missing teeth for edentulous patients, implant-supported dentures are special appliances that can restore natural functions.
  • Does food get under implant-supported dentures? Food is less likely to get under your denture with implant dentures, but if this does happen, the irritation is minimised as the denture does not need to put pressure on the gums but rather directs force to the bones.
  • How many implants are used in implant-supported dentures? Implant dentures used to replace a full mouth will only require a few dental implants to stabilise the denture comfortably. Two to four implants are sufficient for many of our patients; however, six implants might be necessary.

Please call the practice for more information on 020 8224 7562.

Denture implants explained

Implant-supported dentures are a type of permanent overdenture supported by dental implants in the jawbone.

A partial or complete denture will attach to the underlying tooth structure, i.e. dental implants.

With implant-supported dentures, you can choose from Bar Retained (removable), or Fixed Screw Retained.

However, like with most implant-supported treatments, a sufficient bone will be required for this procedure.

For patients looking to skip this process and avoid added treatment times, sinus and bone grafts can turn to All on 4 (same-day teeth).

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How implant-supported prostheses work

An implant-supported denture is prepared using the same pink-coloured acrylic that is utilised in the fabrication of conventional dentists.

 The artificial teeth used will either be made from acrylic or porcelain. The main differences appear on the denture base’s internal surface, that’s specially designed to fit with implants.

When the denture is placed on top of the implants, both corresponding attachments fit perfectly together.

Thus, preventing the denture from moving or slipping.

How do patients benefit?

Patients unhappy with their regular dentures can replace them with implant-supported overdentures that promise not to slip when you speak.

Dental implants provide a sound and solid foundation for dentures, improving your chewing and speech efficiency.

However, to be considered for this procedure, you must have a sufficient amount of bone density and thickness of jaw bone available – this is so that we can secure and hold the implants firmly in position.

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Choosing the right implant denture

We have several options for patients with no jawbone to seek immediate treatment, and further options for patients with sufficient bone looking to save money on their full mouth reconstruction.

Which type of implant treatment you opt for will depend on your condition and circumstance – and we can help break down what’s available.

When it comes to implant dentures, you have three options; implant-retained, implant-supported and All on 4.

Learn the differences below:

The implant process broken down

  • First surgery: Place the implants
  • Second surgery: Exposing the implant heads (to determine osseointegration)
  • Denture insertion: We will secure your dentures to the bar or ball attachments

When it comes to placing a particular kind of implant, it will rely on the condition of your jaw and how we approach dental implant surgery.

Generally, dental implant surgery can entail several procedures over a few months.

And while this might sound intensive and long, the primary benefit is to receive reliable support compared to the slippage and bone damage that fixed bridgework and dentures cause.

With the implant-supported denture process, we will position implants into the jaw after investigating the need for bone grafting or any other preliminary procedures.

Generally, the process is split into two stages, with the first surgery placing the implants.

Once the implants have been implanted, we will need to wait three months to allow a sufficient healing period. Please call the practice for more information on 020 8224 7562.

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Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!
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