Frequently asked questions about Anchored Dentures using Dental Implants
If you are considering anchored dentures with dental implants for yourself or a loved one, the information below will help you better understand the procedure and review your options. We hope this page will answer the questions you may have about dental implants. The answers given here are general in nature. For advice concerning your specific condition please contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation at 844-417-7111.
What are anchored dentures with dental implants?
An anchored denture is a removable full-arch denture that is connected to an attachment, which in turn is anchored on four (or more) implants in the jaw bone. The implants help keep the denture in place and provide better function, stability and comfort. Anchored dentures are very comfortable because the denture stays in place and does not move like conventional dentures. With an anchored denture the roof of the mouth is usually left open. This means you can chew and taste your food again.
What are the advantages of anchored dentures supported by dental implants?
Dental implants are largely regarded as the gold standard for replacing missing teeth due to the way they replicate natural tooth roots. This helps preserve the jawbone and gum tissue. In addition, Renew anchored dentures provide a great look and feel. Anchored dentures don’t compare to traditional removable dentures that can be challenging to wear, restrict your food choices and need to be replaced more frequently.
How successful are implant supported dentures?
Dental implants have been helping patients restore the function and appearance of missing teeth for over 40 years. The success rate for dental implants is very high. Dental-implant supported dentures can function properly for the rest of your life when proper oral hygiene is followed and regular dental check-ups are maintained.
Can anyone get a new smile with anchored dentures?
Anyone at any age who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, decay or wear may be a candidate for dental implants. Renew performs a full-mouth restoration service. For our affordable cost, every patient receives both a top and bottom arch of teeth. This means we provide both upper and lower arch replacements, not just an upper arch and not just a lower arch. Renew does not perform single-tooth implant procedures but if you are missing even one tooth, it could be a sign of a systemic problem. Your teeth could be failing, and a loose tooth is an indicator of a problem. Your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive a dental implant. Our doctors have treated patients in their upper 90s.
Does insurance cover the cost of anchored dentures or dental implant treatment?
Most dental insurance plans only offer a low amount per year for dental treatments it deems necessary. In most cases, this means dental insurance companies tend to cover traditional removable dentures but not dental implant solutions. However, your carrier may cover certain portions in the dental implant process. Your medical insurance may cover implants as the result of work-related injuries or as a medical necessity. We can help you navigate the confusing dental insurance process and we will work with you to understand your coverage during your free consultation at our center. Our education consultants can also provide you a full range of financing options to help create an affordable payment program that suits your needs.
What is involved in getting an anchored denture procedure?
Having your teeth replaced involves an initial consultation with our experienced doctors and a dental implant consultant. You will receive a 3-D Cat Scan which allows our doctors to see your mouth in three dimensions. From this advanced technology we can develop a customized treatment plan for you. During the process we meet with you to do a precise work-up and discuss your aesthetic dreams.
On the day of your procedure, dental implants — in most cases four on the upper arch and four on the lower arch — are placed into the bone in a procedure under IV sedation. The bone and gums will be given time to heal before a final denture is secured. You will leave with a healing set of dentures that fit over your new dental implants, allowing the denture to function and the dental implants to heal. In other words, you’ll walk out of our clinic, post-surgery, with a functioning set of teeth. You’ll then be given a recovery period, usually three-four months, during which time the implants will heal and fuse with the jawbones — a process known as osseointegration. When you come back in to get your new final set of anchored dentures engaged, your doctor will provide you a custom set that will snap securely onto your dental implants.
What if I already have existing implants?
Because the Renew anchored dentures system is such a unique program, we do not attempt to alter or work around existing implants. As such we do not take on new patients with existing implants.
Is there pain involved with an anchored denture procedure?
Renew is committed to making sure every patient is as comfortable as possible. We discuss pain control options with you and can use local anesthesia and/or sedation dentistry during implant placement. Every patient heals differently but most report using over the counter pain medications, or those prescribed by the doctor, to relieve any post-surgical pain or discomfort.
How do I care for anchored dentures with dental implants?
Clinical research indicates that implant-supported replacement teeth can last a lifetime. By comparison, typical tooth-supported bridges can last an average of 7 years, and partials and dentures are functional for about five years. Caring for your new smile is just like caring for natural teeth. You will need to brush and floss and have yearly checkups.
How much do your anchored dentures cost?
If you are a patient already in traditional dentures, the treatment is much easier and also less expensive. An edentulous (without any teeth) patient is usually around $11,000 to $14,500 at the high end, depending on your specific treatment plan.
If you have missing teeth or have failing teeth, Renew doctors will need to extract the terminal teeth as well as place titanium dental implants in the lower jaw and in the upper jaw, assuming there is enough bone to place implants. The price range is typically between $14,500 on the low end and $18,000 on the high end, total for all treatment needed. The price differences are based on the number of extractions, your specific treatment plan and any potential difficult issues our team has to address.
Is Renew right for me?
Renew performs a full-mouth restoration service at an affordable price. This means we provide both upper and lower arch replacements supported by dental implants, not just an upper arch and not just a lower arch. Renew does not perform single implants to replace one missing tooth; but if you have missing and failing teeth — or are completely edentulous (no natural teeth on top or bottom arches), all of which can wreak havoc on your health and social life, Renew could be right for you. You owe it to yourself to come in for a free / no-charge CAT scan and consultation.