Denture Implants FAQs

Denture Implants - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a "root" type device, usually made of titanium, that mimics the function of a tooth's root.  By acting as a root the dental implant supports and secures your dentures in your mouth, so you won't have to worry about your dentures becoming loose or failing out of your mouth.  Dental implants can be placed in both the upper and lower jawbones.

What is an dental implant retained denture?

A dental implant retained denture is a denture which is supported by and attached to dental implants, whereas normally your denture rests on your gums.

How does a dental implant retained denture work and what is meant by "denture stabilisation"?

Dental implants provide a strong, stable base for your dentures to be attached to and sit on.  Once your denture is secured on these dental implants, then your denture will fit securely and will no longer be loose and your denture will be completely stable; hence the term denture stabilisation.  Your implant retained denture will now function like  your natural teeth once did.

Are dental implants right for me?

If you have been suffering with loose dentures for years, you have not been able to eat the foods you love and you have found using denture adhesives to be ineffective and inconvenient to use, then stabilisation of your dentures with dental implants could be the answer to your denture problems. However, we will need to conduct our Dental Implant Consultation with you to make sure this is the right solution for you.

Are dental implants successful?

Yes. The use of dental implants to secure and stabilise dentures has proven to be successful for hundreds of thousands of people.

How many dental implants will I need to achieve denture stabilisation?

In general, we recommend that an upper denture is likely to require a minimum of four dental implants, whereas a lower denture may only need two dental implants to hold your dentures securely in place. However, we will assess and discuss this with you during your Dental Implant Consultation.

Is my age a problem?

Mini dental implants are so small, they are placed very gently and cause very little comfort. These mini dental implants are regularly placed in people of advanced age. If mini dental implants are not suitable for you, your age will not prevent you from enjoying the benefits of other types of dental implants. Generally speaking, if a person is able to undergo routine bridgework or routine tooth extractions, that same person can receive dental implants.

How long do dental implants last?

With routine dental implant check ups and the following of our home care instructions, your dental implants should last many, many years.

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How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of this treatment depends upon several factors including:

  • The number of dental implants needed
  • The type of dentures placed upon your dental implants
  • The complexity of the individual case

After we conduct our Dental Implant Consultation with you, we will be able to provide you with the cost of your treatment. We also offer our patients a 0% interest free dental loan that allows you to make payments more easily, please call our team for more details.

Is the placement of dental implants painful?

No. Dental implant placement is a very gentle procedure, normally carried out under local anaesthetic and, in some cases, a mild sedative.

How long does the procedure take?

It takes approximately 20 minutes for each of your dental implants to be placed. In general, as we recommend that an upper denture is likely to require a minimum of four dental implants, the placing of dental implants to secure an upper denture will take approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. A lower denture may only need two dental implants to hold it securely in place and therefore to sure a lower denture it will take approximately 40 minutes. However, we will assess and discuss this with you during your Dental Implant Consultation.

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

You might experience some slight discomfort and perhaps a little swelling for a short period which can be relieved with painkillers. Most of our patients report little or no discomfort.

How long does the whole dental implant procedure take?

We will provide you with an individualised treatment plan with an accurate time scale.

How soon can I return to work after my dental implants have been placed?

Normally after 24 hours. However, we will advice you about this an on individualised basis.

Do dental implants require special care?

You will need to maintain a good oral hygiene programme and on average visit the Dentist once every 6 months. We will give you an individualised oral hygiene programme.

How soon can my Dental Implant Retained Denture be fitted?

Depending on the type of implants you wish us to provide you with, it is possible to fit your implant retained denture immediately after we have placed your dental implants. However, if we assess this is not the best treatment for you then some of the choices available to you are:

  • Your existing denture may be modified and worn until your dental implants are ready
  • A temporary denture may be placed until the time is right for the connection of your new dentures to your dental implants
  • Your new dentures may be worn and the denture implant components fitted after implant integration

We will advice you which option is in your best interests to guarantee the long term success of your dental implants.