Learn about New Implants for Denture Wearers

Implants are an important component of restorative dentistry. They can be used to replace one missing tooth, a few teeth, or a full arch of teeth (dentures). Techniques are constantly improving, as are the capabilities of implants.

Mini implants were developed as an alternative to traditional ones specifically for denture wearers. Instead of drilling into the jawbone, these implants could be inserted via a minimally invasive procedure. They are strong enough to hold dentures in place, and eliminate the need for adhesives.

One Step Further

A new approach to implants for dentures allow for traditional implants to be used in smaller numbers. Rather than the regular eight implants required to hold dentures in place, this procedure takes only four implants. That reduces the cost dramatically so more denture wearers can enjoy complete confidence and improved chewing power. The procedure is called an implanted-supported full arch restoration.

The Differences

Four implants are all that is needed because the teeth are also supported by two anterior implants near the front of the mouth, and two posterior ones. These four are not drilled into the jawbone. The posterior implants are tilted at a forty-five degree angle. The purpose of the tilt is to eliminate the bone graft procedure that is common among denture wearers. Eliminating that procedure is also a reason total costs are lower than the traditional technique.

This will be a major investment in time and money that will lead to better oral health. The full arch restoration means there is no plate that covers the palate at the top of the mouth. Particles will not be stuck in between the plate and the palate. The risk of irritation and infection is virtually non-existent. Dentures can be cleaned in the mouth so there is zero risk of dropping or breaking them.


Dentists have to be trained on the new procedure so a comprehensive practice, such as Westvale Dental Care in Syracuse, will be the best place to schedule a consultation. The process of inserting the implants into the jawbone and allowing them to heal for six to eight weeks applies to full-arch restoration. Acrylic teeth are used as a temporary replacement until the permanent teeth can be put in place.