I’m a new denture wearer, full upper plate and partials on bottom. Although I’m adjusting to them, and recovering from the cost!, I’m considering implants later. My question is….. could my existing dentures and partials be attached in some way to implants, or would new plates be required? Thanks for your help!

3 Responses to “Implant Supported Dentures?”

  1. HeatherS says:

    If you are a "new" denture wearer, meaning within the past few weeks or within a month or two, then you may want to discuss an alternate option with your dentist immediately. There are some dentist that will make changes to accommodate a dissatisfied patient, offering reduced fee’s, lab fee’s only or at a minimal charge.

    Being a new denture wearer may be to your advantage, allowing needed healing time for tissue and bone to settle if you recently had extractions.

    Patients should be informed of all of their options for replacement teeth before making a final decision with any procedure needed. Although, as soon as some patients hear the fee or cost, the whole procedure or appliance is instantly forgotten.

    We prefer patients make an "informed decision" regarding their own dental health, but occasionally that is a fleeting thought when cost is considered. Many are making these important decisions based on the “cost” factor alone and settling for ill fitting dentures and partials that do affect their overall general health as well as the dental health.

    Your dentist may be willing to reduce the cost of making a "new replacement denture" if yours can’t be used, which in all most all cases, it can’t. Having the implants and a denture fabricated will incur some lab fees (that are a fraction of the cost charged to you and he may request you pay for these) if you prefer to switch to the implants with an over-denture now.

    The best advice I can offer, is for you to discuss all of your options with your Dentist. My opinion would be for you to keep the full upper denture; they are the easiest to adjust to wearing. Then have two implants on the lower mandible replacing the cuspids, then place a Cu Sil overdenture for the comfort and it’s aesthetic qualities and design.

    Get informed, so you can better understand what your dentist is explaining and ask questions if you don’t understand him. The easier and more comfortable dentures are to wear, the better you will feel, able to eat better with, which will help you to keep better over all physical health.

  2. Helen DDS says:

    Yes, there are also new things called mini implants which help anchor the dentures

  3. Marie D says:

    Hi! I’ve been in dentistry for over 20 years and we do a lot of implant supported dentures. Ideally you will need a new dentures as the implants require that the denture sit down and snap onto the implants attachment. HOWEVER, if your dentures are thick enough, the lab may be able to insert this into your existing denture. My patients LOVE the implant retained denture because the fear of them falling out while eating or talking or coming lose during romance is gone. Also, the upper denture does not need the plastic arch on the roof of the mouth and the patients love that most. These dentures tend to be lighter in weight and look great. I would save your pennies now and go for it. Ask your dentist if his lab does implant dentures, if not, have him shop for one that does a lot of them, they will have the expertize to switch your dentures over if possible. Good luck!! ~M

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