Implant Retained Dentures

There’s no better way to secure dentures

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Why choose implant retained dentures?

Traditional dentures can provide a cost-efficient solution to tooth loss but they can also become a nuisance for many wearers. It’s not uncommon for dentures to become loose, which can cause frustration and unwanted embarrassment in social situations. Denture wearers also often report they have had to remove favourite foods from their regular diet because the denture is not secure enough to cope with heavy chewing.

Dental implants are an excellent way to secure dentures in place. They also remove the necessity for the denture to cover the palate, restoring speech and taste, two common challenges associated with dentures.

Dental implants can dramatically improve denture stability and implant supported dentures have special attachments that fasten onto the implants for a snug and secure fit.

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Benefits of implants to secure dentures

  • Regain confidence in social situations
  • Improved comfort, appearance and function compared to traditional dentures
  • Cheaper and simpler than other dental implant solutions
  • Restored strength to bite and ability to chew all foods
  • Discreet and aesthetically pleasing option for patients with naturally high smile lines
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Simple, reliable procedure

The procedure is simple, with minimal downtime in most cases, and the effects are considerable with patients finding they can laugh, smile and eat whatever they want again without worry. It is evenpossible to adapt existing dentures to fit newly placed dental implants. Even partial dentures can benefit from strategically placed dental implants to improve their stability – Dr Holmes has a wealth of experience in using dental implants creatively to optimise your outcome.

Our experienced implant dentist, Dr Barry Holmes often recommends implant retained dentures if there is insufficient bone available to place multiple implants, the scope of bone augmentation required is beyond what the patient feels comfortable with or if the patient prefers removable teeth.

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Clinical expertise in advanced dental implant techniques

Holmes Dental Care has an enviable reputation for implant dentistry across Cardiff, South Wales and beyond. Our principal dentist Dr Barry Holmes has been placing implants successfully for over 10 years with success rates of over 99% and is experienced in advanced reconstructive techniques that often accompany dental implant procedures. He was one of the first dentists in South Wales to attain a Masters Degree specifically in implant dentistry (for which he achieved distinction from the University of Bristol) and is well regarded as the study club director for ITI South Wales and registered mentor for the Straumann Dental Implant System (the Swiss company that is the global leader in dental implant technology) as well as full member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners and Royal College of Surgeons, ITI (International Team for Implantology) and ADI (Association of Dental Implantology).

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How does denture stabilisation work?

With the placement of dental implants, dentures can then be clipped or fastened on to the implants which then hold them firmly in place. For many patients who are already denture wearers, just the ability to stabilise the denture is a real bonus as it allows them to eat and speak normally without worrying about the denture moving or dropping out.

In the lower jaw, as few as two dental implants can be used to make a denture almost immobile and with four, either a lower or upper denture can be made to feel very secure.

Once the implants have healed and fused with the bone we can connect to the denture in a number of ways including the use of a titanium bar which the denture clips onto or ‘press-stud’ style connections which can be the simplest and most cost-effective method – these are called locators. Our implant dentist, Dr Barry Holmes will discuss all the options during a comprehensive implant consultation and help determine which solution is best.

At Holmes Dental Care in Whitchurch, Cardiff we use Implants to secure dentures to help patients of all ages, and have adopted the latest techniques and technology including advanced platelet rich fibrin (for enhanced healing), sedation and laser dentistry.

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Payment options to suit every pocket

Finance options (including 0% interest free over 6 to 12 months and low cost finance over longer terms) are available for all dental implant treatments. To find out more about dental implants book an appointment or free virtual consultation.

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Would you like to know more about Implant treatment?

If you are missing all your teeth, an implant supported denture can be a really effective, long-lasting way to replace them. We offer a variety of denture and implant combinations which can help to replace missing teeth. A consultation is the best way to explore all the available options, book an appointment or free virtual consultation with us to find out more.

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FAQS

What is an implant supported denture?

An implant supported denture is a denture that is supported by and attached to implants. Implant retained dentures are commonly recommended for the lower jaw because conventional dentures here tend to be less stable. Upper dentures tend to be more stable and do not always need the extra support provided by dental implants. However, you can receive implant-supported dentures in both the upper and lower jaws.

Can I have implant supported dentures if I do not have much jawbone remaining?

If using implant retained dentures as a solution, insufficient bone is not necessarily a barrier for treatment, in many cases a denture is one of the best ways to combat missing teeth and we have many techniques available at Holmes Dental Care that can be used for patients with low levels of jawbone including advanced surgical techniques or bone grafting to essentially rebuild the jawbone ready for receiving implants.

What if I do not want a removable denture?

At Holmes Dental Care, there are several alternative solutions. All-on-4 being one possible alternative. We will consider your individual needs and preferences when recommending possible solutions during a comprehensive implant consultation. We will only prescribe solutions or treatments that are appropriate for your individual case.

My first implant has been completed today – a lower left 5 premolar. Barry and his staff have taken care to make it a pleasant experience and kept me well-informed and comfortable throughout. My thanks to them all.

Dr JC, had implants

I had lost a few back teeth over the last few years and I’ve been aware and very conscious of the gaps. I had a plate put in place but it proved to be uncomfortable and cumbersome in the mouth. Over the last year, I’ve undergone treatment for 2 implants which are now complete. I have had an amazing experience. I’ve been looked after well by Barry and all the staff involved in the process. Just having my new teeth is fantastic. This will give me new confidence and a fabulous new smile. Thank you.

SD, had implants

Dear Barry,

I am writing to you with regard to the treatment that I needed to be done to my front teeth because my former dentist had done a really bad job on my teeth that it caused me to look for another to set it right.

When I first visited your practice there was a warm welcome from your staff and when I started my treatment that was done over a period of time it was done in a very professional manner and in a nice clean surgery. I was informed every step of the way what was going to be done and I am very pleased with the result.

I would like to say a very big thank you to you an your staff for the work done and support given to me over the course of my treatment and would recommend you to others.

JM, had implants
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