Implant supported dentures (also called implant dentures or implant-anchored dentures) are full-arch denture prosthetics fixed to the jaw, typically with four or more dental implants per arch. Whether patients are looking for a more secure and comfortable alternative to their removable dentures or they simply want to replace all of their teeth (upper and/or lower) with full-arch replacements that look, feel, and function like natural teeth, customized implant dentures can often provide an exceptional treatment solution.
Unlike removable dentures—which can slip along the gums, impede speech, and limit food options—the stability of implant supported dentures eliminates these issues and can even help prevent jawbone atrophy. In addition, implant dentures typically require less bone density than other dental implant options, which can make them a good option for patients who would like to avoid bone grafting procedures.
Dr. Donian Shen is our experienced implant dentist at Alpine Dental Care. She skillfully performs all dental implant procedures in-house for our patients, and she would be happy to meet with you at our practice to discuss your needs and goals. To learn more about implant supported dentures, we encourage you to continue browsing the sections below, or contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shen.
What Are My Implant Denture Options?
Each implant supported denture treatment plan developed by Dr. Shen is custom-tailored to the unique dental needs, treatment priorities, goals, and budget of the individual; however, there are a few general treatment approaches we can detail to give you a better idea of the different methods that are available:
The All-On-4 technique employs four strategically placed dental implants to secure each full-arch denture. This method is often the approach considered for patients who have experienced jawbone loss and may not be good candidates for more extensive dental implant treatments. Typically, dental implants are placed in the most robust portion of the patient’s jawbone, two at the front of jaw and two in the back (angled toward the front) for secure anchoring of the denture.
The All-On-6 technique uses six dental implants per full-arch denture. This approach can provide additional stability when compared with the All-On-4 technique; however, suitable candidates also require more bone density for All-On-6. Prior to implant surgery, it may be possible to perform a bone grafting procedure to build up jawbone volume and density to accommodate the necessary amount of dental implants. Some patients may even prefer to have each denture secured with eight implants.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
When all of the upper and lower teeth are replaced with implant dentures, the procedure is often referred to as a full mouth rehabilitation (or full mouth restoration). In addition to total tooth replacement with implant supported dentures, this custom-tailored treatment plan may include various other dental services each patient requires to optimize oral health and achieve long-lasting results.
It is important to note that the number of dental implants required to support each full arch is always determined on a case-by-case basis during a consultation with Dr. Shen. If you want to find out which implant denture technique can provide the aesthetics and functionality you are seeking, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation with our experienced implant dentist.
What Happens During the Implant Denture Procedure?
Evaluation & Treatment Planning
The implant supported denture process begins with a full dental examination, which includes an evaluation of your comprehensive oral health and teeth replacement needs. From there, a customized treatment and implant surgery plan is developed.
Once your oral health and jawbone are in good condition, surgical placement of the implant posts can be performed. Using a combination of local anesthetic and/or sedation dentistry techniques, the titanium posts are placed within the jawbone according to the details of the surgical plan. Following surgery, the implants must be allowed to fully heal and fuse with the bone tissue.
Denture Design & Fabrication
Impressions of the treated jaw(s) are used to design the full-arch denture(s). The goal is to create a complete, beautiful smile that harmonizes with the aesthetic features of your face, while also making a denture (or dentures) that functions properly, fits comfortably, and aligns perfectly for an optimal bite. When the design is complete, it is sent to the lab to be fabricated from high-quality materials.
Final Denture Fitting & Placement
After the final denture(s) arrives from the lab, its appearance and fit are checked. Many small adjustments can be made on the spot, if necessary. Once your denture has been fixed into place, you can enjoy all the benefits of your new smile. Should you have any questions/concerns or need to schedule an urgent appointment, you are encouraged to contact our practice.
How Much Do Implant Dentures Cost?
The average cost of implant dentures at Alpine Dental Care can fluctuate greatly from patient to patient based on the unique details of his or her treatment plan. Factors that can significantly impact the price of this procedure and the custom dental prosthetic(s) can include:
- The number of dental implants included in the treatment plan
- Whether one or two full-arch dentures are needed
- The quality of each full arch denture (materials used and fabrication technique)
- Any bone grafting procedures needed to build up the jawbone prior to implant surgery
- Additional dental treatments (including tooth extractions) or periodontal care required to improve oral health
- Sedation fees
For an accurate price quotation, it is necessary to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shen. After the appointment, you will receive a detailed breakdown of the costs you can expect for your implant dentures. Our office team can answer any questions you have, discuss dental insurance coverage (if applicable), and explain dental financing options available through trusted third-party lender CareCredit®. Many of our patients who are qualified applicants take advantage of the affordable loans and payment plans CareCredit® offers as a way to make paying for treatment more convenient and budget-friendly.
Do you have questions about implant dentures? We are happy to help you schedule a $80 non-refundable consultation* or provide you with the answers you are looking for. Contact Alpine Dental Care!