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What Are Implant Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures—also called implant-retained dentures and sometimes colloquially known as “teeth in a day”—are a revolutionary method of replacing full arches of teeth using only a few precisely placed dental implants. In some cases, as few as four dental implants can be used to anchor a restoration for each dental arch (using a system known as All-on-4®). Whether you are a long-time denture wearer or are just beginning your full arch-replacement journey, implant dentures can provide a welcome alternative to traditional removable dentures.

Patients who have either had traditional removable dentures themselves or know someone who has had them are often all too aware of the common complaints associated with the appliances: difficulty speaking and chewing, slippage and irritation along the gumline, a lack of confidence when smiling, and the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place. By contrast, implant dentures are permanently affixed within the mouth, enabling them to look, feel, and function more like your natural teeth.

Our team here at Delaware Smile Center has extensive experience helping patients obtain stunning new smiles with implant dentures. Our implant dentists—Dr. Saqib Usmani and Dr. Sohaib Usmani—can help create a surgical plan for your new implants to ensure optimal security and durability.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Implant Dentures?

Ideal candidates for implant dentures are those who are missing all or most of the teeth on one or both of their dental arches. Many current denture patients may also wish to consider exploring implant dentures as a more convenient and comfortable alternative to their removable appliances. That said, patients will need to either have sufficient jawbone density to support dental implants or be willing to undergo a bone graft in order to increase their existing bone mass. Fortunately, since techniques such as All-on-4® can use as few as four dental implants per arch to support a denture prosthesis, more people than ever are candidates for the procedure.

For patients who are not ideal candidates for dental implants, Delaware Smile Center offers a number of other full mouth rehabilitation options—such as traditional dentures and dental bridges—that can effectively restore your oral health and function.

What Can I Expect From the Implant-Supported Denture Procedure?

To begin, your dentist will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth and review your goals for treatment. As needed, your dentist may recommend preliminary procedures—such as periodontal therapy or tooth extraction—to ensure that your oral health is optimally suited to fostering implant success. From there, your treatment plan will be developed. Using our state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Usmani will determine the precise number of implants needed to support your denture and plan out the optimal locations and angles for insertion.

Most of our patients opt to have their implants placed in-office under local anesthesia. We also offer sedation dentistry options to help those who experience dental anxiety feel more relaxed and comfortable during their procedure. Once the implants have been placed, a temporary overdenture can be affixed while they heal so that you never have to go without teeth.

Your final denture restoration will be crafted while your implants heal, allowing for a high degree of customization. Once your newly placed implants have healed, your dentist will have you come into our office and try out your permanent appliance. Once you have approved the final design, your dentures can be firmly and securely attached to the implant posts, giving you a beautiful, functional, and natural-looking smile.

How Do I Clean My Implant Dentures?

One of the biggest advantages of implant dentures is that they can be cared for just like your regular teeth. Routine brushing and flossing along with twice-yearly professional cleanings are typically all that is necessary to keep your implant dentures in good condition. Your dentist will thoroughly check over your appliance(s) during your bi-annual visits and address any potential concerns before they have a chance to cause problems.

How Much Do Implant-Supported Dentures Cost?

The precise cost of your implant denture treatment will depend on a number of factors, such as:

  • The number of implants needed to secure your restoration
  • The number of arches being restored (upper, lower, or both)
  • Any preliminary work that needs to be done, such as tooth extractions or periodontal therapies
  • The complexity and final design of your dentures
  • Any fees associated with the implant placement process

During your consultation, your dentist will carefully review your case, at which point we will be able to provide you with a personalized price quote. Here at Delaware Smile Center, we believe that high-quality dental care should be accessible and affordable for everyone who needs it. As such, we offer a number of financing options, including payment plans through CareCredit®, a trusted third-party healthcare lender.

Contact Our Practice

If you would like to learn more about implant-supported dentures, please contact Delaware Smile Center today. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have or assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of our dentists.