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    You are not alone if you are missing multiple teeth; many people have this problem. Traditionally, dentures were used to replace missing teeth, but a more modern option is to have an implant-supported denture. A denture secured with dental implants is also called an overdenture, implant-supported denture, or implant overdenture. It can be an excellent solution for anyone fed up dealing with loose dentures or who is facing multiple tooth loss.

    What Are Denture Implants?

    Denture implants or implant-supported dentures are dental appliances designed to replace several teeth simultaneously. This appliance is very similar to a traditional denture, but instead of resting directly on your gums, it is supported by dental implants inserted into your jawbone. These dental implants have special attachments that clip onto corresponding attachments on the fitting surface of the denture.

    Sometimes a bar is fitted onto the dental implants in the jaw, and the implant denture attaches to this bar. The result is an implant denture held firmly in place, offering increased stability and improved strength for chewing and biting food compared with an ordinary denture that merely rests on the gums. You can remove the denture for cleaning and regular maintenance.

    Denture Implants

    How Do Denture Implants Work?

    With denture implants, several implants are inserted into your jawbone to provide optimal support. With some solutions, the implants are inserted towards the front of the jawbone, which is naturally thicker and stronger. Alternatively, they may be situated evenly throughout your jawbone.

    Usually, you need at least four dental implants to support a complete arch of teeth, but everyone has different oral health needs, so we will always recommend the number of implants we know will provide excellent long-term support.

    What Is the Process for Denture Implants?

    The procedure for placing dental implants requires multiple steps.

    Assessment and Preparation

    1. Assessment: Your dentist will assess your mouth and remove any failing teeth or teeth too badly damaged to restore. They will also assess the quality and quantity of your jawbone.
    2. Bone grafting: If necessary, your dentist may perform a bone graft to build up certain areas so there is plenty of healthy bone before we insert the implants.
    3. Healing: If you had a bone graft, you will need to heal for a few months before we can insert the implants, and we can provide a temporary denture to wear during this time.

    Implant Placement

    1. Treatment planning: Your dentist will develop a treatment plan to determine the number and placement of the implants.
    2. Implant surgery: The implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. The treatment plan ensures we know exactly where to place each implant to provide optimum support and strength.
    3. Healing: After the implants are placed, they need to heal and integrate with the jawbone. can take three to six months to complete.

    Overdenture Placement

    Option 1:

    1. Healing denture: Your dentist may provide you with a healing denture to wear until the implants have healed.
    2. Permanent overdenture:Once the implants have healed, your dentist will replace the healing denture with a permanent overdenture.

    Option 2:

    1. Overdenture placement: Your dentist may place an overdenture soon after surgery to splint the implants together and prevent them from moving during the healing process.
    2. Permanent overdenture: Once the implants have healed, your dentist will replace the temporary overdenture with a permanent overdenture.


    1. Soft diet: You will need to follow a softer diet while your implants heal.
    2. Avoid disturbing the implants: It is important to avoid disturbing the implants or putting too much pressure on them during the healing process.

    Fabrication of the Permanent Overdenture

    1. Dental impressions: Once the implants have healed, your dentist will take detailed dental impressions to create a custom-made implant overdenture.
    2. Overdenture delivery: Once the implant overdenture is ready, your dentist will attach it to your implants and provide you with instructions on how to care for it.

    Care and Maintenance

    Your dental team will work with you to learn the right techniques for cleaning and looking after your overdenture and dental implants.

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    How Many Teeth Can You Have on Implants?

    Dental implants can replace a complete upper or lower arch of teeth or an entire mouth of teeth. They can also replace multiple missing teeth where some natural teeth remain.

    Usually, an overdenture will have up to 10 or 12 teeth, comfortably replacing a complete arch of teeth. However, if you still have some natural teeth, an overdenture can be fabricated only to replace those missing.

    What are the Benefits of Denture Implants?

    Implant dentures can offer some significant benefits, including:

    • Improved biting and chewing strength compared with traditional dentures
    • Better nutrition due to greater food options
    • Dentures are held firmly in place so they cannot slip or rub painfully on the gums
    • Increased self-confidence when talking and socializing with others
    • Overdentures are custom designed to look and function similarly to real teeth
    • Dental implants help prevent bone loss in the jawbone, mimicking real tooth roots and stimulating the surrounding jawbone
    • Denture implants are a cost-effective way to replace an entire arch of teeth

    How Long Do Denture Implants Last?

    The actual implants can last many years or for life. However, committing to a good oral care routine is important to protect them. Although dental implants are made from inert materials, the bone and gum around them are living. Unless you ensure you remove all plaque and food debris thoroughly and regularly, there is a real risk that dental implants can become infected and could fail.

    Risks & Complications of Denture Implants

    The table displays the percentage of patients who experienced various complications/risks after their dental implant surgery.

    RiskRisk descriptionOccurrence
    InfectionThe risk of infection can be reduced by taking antibiotics before and after surgery.1-5%
    Delayed bone healingDelayed bone healing due to poor osseointegration (fuse) with the bone can happen due to insufficient oral hygiene, smoking, or certain medical conditions.2-10%
    Nerve damageNerve damage can occur during the placement of the implant. This is a rare complication, but it can cause numbness or tingling in the lips, gums, or tongue.0.1-1%
    Prolonged bleedingBleeding can occur after the placement of the implant. This is usually a minor complication that can be controlled with pressure.1-5%
    Jaw fracturesJaw fractures are a rare complication of dental implants. They can occur if the dentist places the implant in an area of weak bone.0.1%
    Allergic reaction to implant materialsSome people may experience an allergic reaction to the materials used in dental implants for example to zirconium. This is a rare complication, but it can be seriousRare
    Risk of stainingZirconium implants are less likely to stain than titanium implants.Less likely
    Risk of fractureZirconium implants are less likely to fracture than titanium implants.Rare


    1. Dental Implant Complications, Seminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI 2015, PMID: 26589696 DOI: 10.1053/j.sult.2015.09.007

    Following a good daily oral care routine combined with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings at Century Dental is an easy and effective way to ensure your dental implants remain strong, healthy, and free from infection for years to come.

    Your implant overdenture will need to be replaced over time. We will also need to check the condition of the attachments on the overdenture and implants, as these may also need to be replaced. However, these replacements are not very expensive.

    Denture Implants Survival Rates

    The table displays the survival rates of delayed implants based on a large-scale population-based study of over 4519 records of implants published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine on 7 August 2022.

    Titanium implants5-Year Success Rate10-Year Success Rate20-Year Success Rate
    Titanium implants95%-96.7%90%-93.3%85%-88.9%
    Zirconium implants95%-96.7%90%-93.3%85%-88.9%
    Biological implants90%85%80%
    All-on-4 implant95%90%85%


    1. Factors Affecting the Survival Rate of Dental Implants: A Retrospective Study, 2017, PMID: 29387619
    2. Implant failure rate and the prevalence of associated risk factors: a 6-year retrospective observational survey, 2021, Journal of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery
    3. Survival Rates and Factors Affecting the Outcome Following Immediate and Delayed Implant Placement: A Retrospective Study, 2022, Journal of Clinical Medicine

    What Is the Cost of Denture Implants?

    Denture implants are also an affordable treatment, as relatively few implants are needed to support the implant overdenture compared with having a conventional dental implant bridge fixed permanently in place. The affordability can bring the price of this treatment well within the range of many people.

    The exact cost can depend on the number of teeth to replace and whether you require additional procedures like tooth removal or bone grafting. The cost of a temporary denture should also be taken into account. If you have an existing denture, it may be possible to adapt it to use during the healing period to help keep costs lower.

    If you are struggling with loose, uncomfortable dentures that move around embarrassingly during meals or when socializing with others, come and talk to us about dental implant dentures. Our dentist can assess your oral health and recommend suitable implant options depending on your desires and budget.

    Page Updated on Sep 16, 2023, Reviewed by Ramin Rayhan, DDS (Dentist) of Century Dental Center
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