Frequently Asked Questions
What are denture-retention implants?
Denture-retention implants, also known as mini dental implants, are small titanium posts used to stabilize or provide a more secure fit for a denture. The system consists of a miniature titanium implants that act like the roots of your teeth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the implant is ball-shaped, and the retaining fixture acts like a socket. The retaining fixture snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and securely holds the denture in place.
How can they help denture wearers?
Denture wearers often lack confidence that their denture will firmly stay in place in their mouth without becoming loose or floating. For patients who are having this difficulty, denture stabilization implants will help you eat and speak more confidently. This is especially helpful for the lower denture. Also, because the denture no longer slides on the gums, denture implants help retain the jaw bone.
How are the implants placed?
Typically, four small implants are gently screwed into the ridge of the upper or lower jaw. This is a relatively painless, non-invasive procedure. The denture is then adjusted by the dentist to allow it to snap onto the implants. The result? A tight-fitting, reliable system that allows you to speak and eat with confidence. Denture-retention implants can be placed in about an hour's time.
Are denture implants approved by the FDA?
Yes, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved these denture-retention implants in 2002. They have been used for decades by dentists. Based on rigorous clinical testing, the FDA granted product approval for long-term treatment.
Are denture stabilization implants expensive?
Traditional dental implant systems can cost between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the system that is used. At Affordable Dentures, the denture-retention system costs much less.