What are implant-supported dentures?

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A popular choice, implant-supported dentures provide far more stability than conventional dentures.

An implant-supported denture is a denture attached to dental implants, with the implants providing improved stability and support. They are unlike regular (conventional) dentures which sit on the gumline without support.

Also known as implant-supported overdentures (or simply implant dentures), they are well suited for patients missing either all upper teeth or all lower teeth. Overdentures can sometimes offer patients better facial aesthetics if they have lost a lot of bone from their jaws.

Although some individuals are happy with conventional dentures, most find that they don’t provide the security and stability of their natural teeth. This is why implant-supported dentures offer an excellent solution. Plus, they have the versatile advantage of being able to click on and off as desired, for example, when cleaning or sleeping.

Benefits of implant-supported dentures

  • A more stable, secure fit – than conventional dentures (due to attaching to implants)
  • Greater bite retention – so a wider variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and nuts can be eaten
  • Improved nutrition – due to a wider variety of nutritious foods being eaten
  • Easier and improved speech – no more sucking or muscle clenching
  • No more dentures – and consequently no more sores, gum or mouth irritation, no need for glues, etc.
  • Improved aesthetics – not only can the individual relax their face and no longer clench their teeth, as the implant dentures are very secure, but the tooth implants prevent bone loss, giving a more youthful, natural appearance to the face and jaw.

How implant dentures work

Implant-supported dentures first require dental implants to be placed. Once placed, the denture sits on top of the gum like normal dentures, but unlike typical dentures, they are anchored onto the implants which are secured firmly in the jawbone via an abutment. This makes the denture more like natural teeth regarding stability, strength and appearance.

Denture implants (aka implant-supported overdentures) are used when a person has no teeth but still has enough bone to support the implants. The denture attachment clips securely into the implants and can be removed whenever required.

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants act as a replacement tooth root and stimulate new bone growth. Consequently, implants minimise bone loss which is a common problem for conventional denture wearers. Long-term bone loss can give considerable aesthetic changes, with the individual’s face collapsing inwards.

The alternative to removable implant-supported dentures is an implant-supported bridge. Bridges are also secured by implants, but are secured permanently and cannot be removed at any time by the patient.

A more affordable implant option

No implants are cheap; however, implant-supported dentures may often be a less expensive option for those wishing to have implants without spending a considerable amount more for a fixed rehabilitation.

Cost always needs to be addressed carefully, though, so we thoroughly encourage everyone to come in and see one of our experienced dental implant dentists to discuss your options with them. We have your best interest at heart and will do everything we can to make sure you have the very best outcome for your health and lifestyle.

Get the best care & advice from Perth’s dental implant experts

At Aria Dental in Perth, our highly trained implant dentists can help you enjoy the best dental health. Whether you’re considering dental implants or needing advice on your existing implants, our experienced dentists and leading prosthodontist can help you.

Book your free dental implant consultation. Call Aria Dental on (08) 9226 2135 or contact us online


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