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What does the treatment involve?

Consultation

The initial consultation involves an appointment with your dentist to discuss suitability for implants and what the best option is for you.

Preparation

This may involve x-rays and CT scans to aid planning. Planning will also commence for your new dentures.

Implants

Placement of your dental implants will be performed by your dentist or surgeon. Healing time for implants may take a couple of months. During this time, we will help make you as comfortable as possible. Don’t worry, you’ll go home with your dentures in.

The final step

Your new dentures will be fabricated and secured firmly in place with your new implants.

Frequently asked questions

Why would I consider removable dentures on implants?

Although dentures are often a suitable treatment for missing teeth, some people find that standard dentures are uncomfortable and difficult to wear. In some cases, patients complain that their standard dentures slip out of place when they eat and speak, which can cause embarrassment, as well as inconvenience. These types of issues tend to happen particularly when wearing a lower denture. Standard removable dentures can also cause bone loss in the jaw over time. Removable dentures that are supported by dental implants, however, offer a good level of stability. Removable dentures on implants do not shift or slide out of place, but can still be taken out for cleaning and general maintenance.

When you choose to have removable dentures on implants, your dentist will place as few implants as possible in your jaw to support a removable denture. Dental implants are made from titanium, and act like the root of a tooth. Implants work by anchoring your replacement teeth to your jawbone, and actually fuse with the bone over time. In most cases, only two implants are required to support a removable denture, although your dentist will assess your particular needs before beginning treatment.

Dental implant surgery itself is performed with an anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. Your dentist will place the implants in your jaw, after which you will go through a healing period of between six weeks and a few months. You will be given a temporary denture during this time, so you don’t need to worry about being without teeth. As your mouth heals, your implants will go through a process known as osseointegration, in which they will fuse with your jawbone. Once this process is complete, your removable denture will be attached to your implants. Your dentist will show you how to attach and detach your denture so that you can remove it at home for cleaning.

Dental implant surgery is performed with the use of a local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure itself. You may experience some discomfort after the procedure as your mouth heals, in which case your dentist will prescribe pain medications for you. You may experience some swelling in your gums and face, some tenderness at the site of the implant, minor bleeding in your mouth, and bruising of your skin and gums. All of these side effects are completely normal and should resolve within a few days following surgery. We recommend that you eat soft foods and drink plenty of liquids while your mouth heals. Avoid foods and drinks that are too hot, as extreme temperatures can cause irritation at the site of surgery. Stay away from anything that is difficult to chew until your mouth has completely recovered from the procedure. Some good options include lukewarm broths and soups, mashed fruits, soft steamed vegetables, smoothies, pudding and natural yoghurt.