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Denture Implants & Implant Retained Dentures: Procedure, Costs & FAQ

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

Denture Implants & Implant Retained Dentures: Procedure, Costs & FAQ

If you lose one or more teeth today, there are many fantastic options available to you, to fill that gap where once a natural tooth existed.

Whether you lose all your teeth in one jaw or both, there are a number of choices, but the most common is the full denture.

A denture is a set of false teeth that rests on the gums, and they have been the go to option for many decades.

However loose dentures is something many wearers are very concerned about and, no matter how good the fit, there can be an underlying concern.

In more recent years the introduction of denture implants has transformed the lives of those wearing full dentures, doing away with the most common denture complaints.

In this article, I take a detailed look at implant supported and implant retained dentures, from what exactly they are, through to how much they can cost.

What are dentures/false teeth?

So we are all on the same page and are clear about the topic being discussed let’s take a moment to clarify what a denture is.

A denture is an artificial replacement for missing teeth and tissues in the mouth.

It is the equivalent to what a prosthetic leg is to someone who has lost a leg.

Because a denture offers a ‘false’ tooth, they are often referred to as false teeth.

You get 2 main types of denture, full and partial.

Full dentures replace all the teeth in an arch, whilst a partial replaces 1 or a few.

Our guide to the different types of dentures and their costs looks at both of these in more detail.

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What are denture implants?

Denture implants are man made components, usually of a metal construction, that are surgically inserted into the jawbone of your mouth.

An implant acts like an artificial tooth root and provides an anchoring point to which a denture is attached.

A jaw needs between 2 and 6 strategically placed implants to hold in place the false teeth (denture) that will be attached.

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The difference between regular dental implants and denture implants?

The word ‘implant’ is often misused to describe the complete replacement tooth.  However, an implant is in fact just the part that is inserted into the jaw bone, to which attachments are made.

A replacement tooth retained by an implant is made up of 3 parts: the implant, an abutment and a crown.

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Some consider implants to be the ‘best’ alternative to your natural teeth.

Theoretically, you could have an implant for each tooth in the jaw, but this would be expensive and unnecessary.

A somewhat more practical and very popular option is, a denture that is held in place by implants.

Where implants are being used to hold a denture in place, only 2-6 strategically placed implants per jaw are required.  If individual crowns were used, many more implants would need to be placed.

Implants themselves come in different sizes, depending on how thick the bone of the jaw is.

Where new teeth are being placed with an implant, abutment and crown, a standard sized implant is generally (but not always) used.

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Because the pressures and forces on the jaw bone are different when wearing a denture, it is possible for the smaller mini or midi implants to be used.

These mini and midi implants are better suited to those with less bone density.

With regular implants, an abutment is fitted to an implant, several months after the implant has successfully fused to the jaw bone. When fitting dentures it can be that the abutment is fitted at the same time or that the abutment and implant are all 1 piece.

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Denture implants & dentures are two different things

To be clear, there are essentially 2 parts to those dentures held in place by implants.

You have the implant itself and the dentures.

Confusion can creep in when discussing this topic as the approaches taken for implants for dentures and implants for crowns differ.

The slight exception to the rule is the fixed dentures like ‘All-on-4’ which is essentially a kit which includes all the dentist needs.  With “All-on-4” the process of placing the implants is one stage, then fitting the dentures is another.

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Who makes an ideal candidate for denture implants?

Denture implants are a great option for anyone who is missing many teeth, and who wants a more secure option than regular dentures. So long as you don’t have any medical conditions that mean you can’t have minor surgery, anyone could be an ideal candidate!

Dr Gemma WheelerIn-house dentist – GDC Number: 259369

Benefits of denture implants

There are a number of key benefits to opting for denture implants.  The main advantages are as follows.

Security and retention

A good set of full dentures should hold to the natural gums really well, without the need for adhesive and without the wearer being concerned of possible slippage.

However, when natural teeth no longer exist in the gums, the shape and strength of the gums can alter.  Often there is a lot less bone in the jaw, so the fit of dentures are often worse and with a higher likelihood of the denture slipping.

Normally, when dentures are used without implants, the bone changes shape and the dentures become loose over about 5-10 years. When this happens the denture should be altered or replaced.  This can get expensive.

Denture implants will not move because implants are physically attached to the jaw and the dentures are not held in by suction.  This gives the wearer more confidence and happiness as a result because they can go about life without this fear.

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Preserve jaw bone and improve appearance

When the natural teeth have gone from the jaw, the bone essentially shrinks in a process called resorption.

This shrinking can cause changes to the facial appearance, with ageing far beyond one’s actual years.  Deep wrinkles can form around the mouth and can even cause the smile to turn downwards. It can often pose issues with eating.

For regular denture wearers, this can cause real discomfort and more chances of dentures slipping.  Also, the pressure that is transferred to the gums through the denture, can actually speed up the bone loss.

As odd as it sounds having implants halts this bone loss as the implants themselves mimic the natural tooth root you once had, so that the body does not break down the bone around the implant.

The body detects the need for bone or not to support teeth, in turn giving strength to the jaw. The body interprets the implants as teeth, stopping the possible issues that would occur if the implants were not placed.

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Smaller in the mouth and more natural looking

When retained by an implant, the denture can be made smaller as less material is required to keep it in place.

A traditional denture will have strategically placed material to give the denture the best chance of holding in place in the mouth.

When implants hold the denture, this excess material can often be removed and allow for a more natural look and fit, making you more confident and less conscious.


The implants hold the denture in place rather than natural suction.

The physical presence of the implants help with stopping bone loss.  As a result, dentures fit better and there is less chance of slippage.

There is less chance of the denture rubbing on the gums and aggregating soft tissues.  Therefore everything fits with more comfort in the mouth for longer.

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Normal chewing and more taste

A traditional denture will obstruct some of your natural palate, meaning the taste and texture of food and drink can be obscured, so you do not enjoy the full flavours.

When retained by implants, a denture does not need to obstruct so much of the palate, meaning taste is barely impeded in the way it can be with a regular denture.

The more secure fit and distribution of forces helps with eating and chewing too, to give more balance and strength in the bite.

Confidence & quality of life

Dentures may cause you to fear that every time you open your mouth your teeth will jump out, so that you look awkward, aged or generally unwell. This is going to have a significant knock on effect to you and the quality of life that you have.

When the implants hold a denture in place you can be assured that the bone is stronger for longer, that your smile will remain, and that the wrinkles will not appear so quickly, as well as eating being more enjoyable.

This peace of mind has a significant knock on effect to your confidence and approach to life.

With extra confidence comes the desire to live life and enjoy.

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Implant retained dentures are very stable and have greatly reduced movement in the mouth. This can give a person extra confidence when eating and socialising that their denture wont have unwanted movements.

Dr Chhaya ChauhanIn-house dentist – GDC Number: 83940

Drawbacks of denture implants

There are some drawbacks to denture implants, but in most cases these are outweighed by the benefits.


The implants require surgery, which can be daunting for some.

The jawbone has to be drilled and the implants placed into the bone.

Subject to the type of implants used there can be a long period of healing.

Such surgery is quite common for dental professionals, especially implant specialists.  The jaw is made numb with anaesthetic so you cannot feel pain and the implants are placed with precision.

In some cases for the procedure to be successful, bone grafts may be required this means more invasive surgery and longer treatment times to achieve the desired results.


The surgery and dentures do not come for free and will incur a much higher cost compared to regular removable dentures held in place by nothing more than suction.

The following video highlights some of these but also shows how an implant based denture compares to that of a traditional one.

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Types of dentures for implants

When choosing the type of treatment suitable for you, you will need to consider:

  • The type of implant
    • Implant supported dentures
    • Implant retained dentures
  • Is the denture fixed?
    • Fixed denture.
    • Removable denture.
  • The size of the denture
    • Full denture
    • Partial denture

In most circumstances, the implant is completely separate to the denture to which it is attached. This means there can be choice in materials look, quality and price of the denture itself.

When you have decided that dentures held in place by implants, is your preference over the traditional implant free option, you then have a choice as to which type of denture you opt for.

There a two main types of dentures that attach to the implants – there are those that are fixed, and those that are removable.

The types might well be self explanatory, but you should know that even the fixed dentures can technically be removed, this just has to be done by the dentist instead of you at home.

With both types of implant-retained denture you can have full or partial dentures that attach to the implant.  However, in most cases, the implants are used to hold in place full row of teeth for the one or both jaws.

Implant supported dentures

Implant supported dentures are dentures that sit on implants in the jaws. The implants take the full force placed through the denture, and no pressure is placed on the gums.

Implant supported dentures are designed to take the full force of eating and chewing, and the pressure is absorbed by the implant and the jaw bone rather than the gum.

The intended result is to give the most natural bite as is possible.

Due to the added pressure and the denture requires more implants compared to an implant retained denture, and all parts need to be made of more durable materials.

As a patient, you need to have suitable bone and tissue for the implants to be successful.  It can sometimes incur additional surgery for bone grafting and tissue regeneration which can affect the cost too, but also make implant retained dentures more desirable.

Implant supported dentures rarely have a removable denture on top. The denture is normally fixed in place. Implant supported dentures can have a full denture, or a partial denture placed on top.

Implant retained dentures

Implant retained dentures use a small number of implants to hold the denture in place and spread any pressure placed on the denture between the implants and the gums.

Implant retained dentures are dentures that are held in place by the implants so most of the force that is applied when biting or chewing is transferred to your gums, more similar to the case with a regular denture.

With an implant retained denture, fewer implants are required and often mini implants can be used.

Because they are physically attached to the implant in the jaw the denture is less likely to pop out when eating or talking and give a bit more power and improvement in your bite.

Less bone density is required in most cases and is this is certainly a popular option for the older generation who want many of the benefits of implants, but perhaps are not as suitable for the implant supported option because of lack of bone.

This options tends to be the most cost effective of all the implant denture options.

Implant retained dentures normally have removable dentures on top. These may be called overdentures. Normally the removable denture on top is a full denture, and it is rarely a partial denture.

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Removable dentures

You can have a removable denture whether you choose to have implants for an implant supported or an implant retained denture. The main point is that the denture can be removed by you at home, for example to be cleaned.

It is possible that an existing denture be adapted to fit to implants, should you decide you would prefer to make use of implants having tried regular dentures.

Such dentures tend to be more cost effective than fixed, but can require extra attention to care for the denture itself as it needs to be removed for cleaning.

These can too be called as overdentures, as they fit over the implants and rest on your gums.

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Fixed dentures

Whilst nothing can replace the natural teeth, a fixed denture gives the most natural look and sensation of teeth.  The denture cannot be removed by you at home, and can only be removed by a dentist.

Fixed dentures can only be placed on implants that have been designed for an implant supported dentures.

In most cases, you can essentially live life like you would have with a set of regular teeth.

The downside is the cost can be much higher, and you also need to meet certain criteria to get fixed dentures.

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Implant supported fixed denture

Unlike the implant supported overdenture, with implant supported fixed dentures, you cannot remove the denture yourself at home.

Implant supported dentures require 4 or more implants are to be used to hold the denture in place with screws securing the denture to the implant.

An example of implant supported fixed dentures is the ‘All-on-4’ technique we discussed earlier. These have been made popular by dental firm Nobel Biocare, who own the trademark to ‘All-on-4’, which has become the most recognised name for this type of implant retained denture.

The advantage of this particular technique is the small size of the implants used, which rely less on lots of natural bone being present.

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Implant supported bridges

Where 1-3 teeth in a row are missing, it is quite common for a dental bridge to be used.

A bridge is a false tooth attached to teeth either side.  This relies on teeth either side of the gap supporting the false teeth.

However, with an implant supported bridge rather than the natural teeth being used as support, implants are used.

It is a strong and reliable solution that can look really good too because more premium materials such as porcelain can be used for the teeth.  Sometimes this option may be called a implant supported fixed partial denture.

Denture implant procedure

The process of getting an implant is explained in detail within our article dedicated to dental implants.

The majority of the stages are the same, but where a crown is usually fitted with a regular dental implant, in this instance a denture is attached.

The amount of time required for treatment will depend on the type of implants and the type of denture being fitted.

It can be just a matter of days or weeks between initial consultation and denture fitting, or it can be several months if more healing time is required.

The treatment journey is made up of 4 key phases. Within this time period you have 4 main phases.

  1. Consultation and preparation
  2. Placing the implants
  3. Fitting the abutment
  4. Fitting the denture
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Consultation and preparation

The consultation and preparation is the first stage of the process, and this can be made up of 1 or 2 appointments, depending on your dental practice and how certain you are you want implants.

An initial appointment might be with a dentist or with a trained member of the dental team.  This is where a general discussion will be had about getting implants and dentures that fit to those implants.

Different types of implants and dentures may be explained, it is an opportunity for you to ask questions and potentially an initial assessment of your suitability and the costs involved.

The next appointment may take place when you have agreed in principle to moving forward.

This consultation will be with the dentist and will involve a thorough assessment of your suitability.

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An oral examination will be carried out with X-rays and CT scans of your jaw taken so that the dentist knows exactly what they are working with.

Making use of these tools allows for the treatment to be carefully planned and as best as possible and any potential issues discovered and prepared for.

Consideration will be made for any existing teeth you have, the way you bite and chew and any grinding of the teeth that may exist, as well as your medical history.

The intention here is to get the most detailed and accurate picture of your mouth.  Considering every element that influences the teeth and smile you want. This includes bone density and the location of nerves.

You will likely learn here of any additional risks, required procedures and whether you are suitable.  The final costs will be confirmed too.

Placing the implant

Central to holding your denture in place, this is the phase that the artificial tooth root is placed into the jaw bone.

In most cases, this treatment is carried out in the dentist’s office and no hospital trip is required.

The dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the implants will be placed.  You will not feel the treatment, but you will be conscious and aware that the dentist is working within your mouth.

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Although a little more technical than described here, the dentist cuts through the gum to expose the jaw bone.  A hole will be drilled for the implant and then the implant screwed into place.

Fusing of the implant with the bone is essential to ensure a strong and reliable implant.  It can take 6 months for complete fusion to happen, but the process begins almost immediately.

In some cases, the gum will be stitched closed for healing and to allow the implant to fuse with the bone or more commonly with dentures, the next phase of treatment is completed right now.

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Installing the abutment

Depending on what brand and type implants are being used an abutment may be pre-fitted to the implant itself.  This is certainly more common with mini implants.

Where the standard sized dental implant is used, an abutment is then attached.  It is the abutment that is the link between the implant and the denture.

The abutments are different shapes to accommodate the different fittings of dentures. Those used for a removable denture will not be the same as those used for a fixed denture.

For an removable denture, whether this is implant retained or implant supported denture, it is likely that either a ball or rail/bar style abutment will be fitted.  This type of abutment allows for the denture to snap on or off of the implant and ultimately gives it the removable design.

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Some refer to such a setup as ‘snap-on/in’ dentures (not to be confused with snap-on veneers).

Bar-retained dentures rely on a thin metal bar being attached to the implants. When placed over the bar, the denture is secured by the clips or fasteners.

Ball-retained dentures, also known as stud-attachment dentures, are held in place by ball-shaped metal parts. When the balls are aligned with corresponding sockets on the denture, they connect to keep it secure.  It is a little like a popper you may have on a piece of clothing.

Had healing time been needed between implant and abutment fitting, the dentist would need to be used local anaesthetic before cutting into the gum to reveal the previously placed implant.

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Fitting the denture

The last major stage is getting your denture fitted.

Subject to your proposed treatment and the stages necessary for you, initially you may have a temporary denture, before being replaced with your own permanent denture.

With the likes of the ‘All-on-4’ system, a denture is fitted there and then, the same day the implants are placed.

If you already have a denture it is possible the dentist will adapt it as you wait after implant or abutment fitting.

Fixed dentures will be securely fastened in place using specialist tools.

The fit of all dentures, removable or fixed, will be checked and what alterations that can be made, will be made, to ensure the denture works well for you.

The following video gives a summary of the majority of information already presented.

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Choosing a dentist/implantologist

The general dentists that operate in thousands of dental surgery’s across the country are highly skilled individuals.  

Whilst some focus on general dentistry, others choose to undertake additional education to become specialists within certain fields of dental health.

The General Dental Council (GDC) has 13 different classifications for specialisation. Implants and the fitting of such is one area of speciality that falls under the category of ​prosthodontics.

The GDC states that dentists must have the right training for any procedure they carry out. For implants, a variety of professional courses are available to train general dentists.

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Your normal dentist might well be trained in prosthodontics, but you should consider seriously whether they are the best person for the job of fitting your implants.

Shop around for your prosthodontist or implantologist (another name for a dental professional who is trained in fitting implants).

Your dentist may even have a list of specialists they recommend.

Speak to others and read reviews on the professionals that are available within your area.  You may even wish to consider those slightly further afield.

Getting implants is quite a serious consideration and it is vitally important that you are happy with who you chose.

You want to have a professional that not only knows their stuff, but makes you feel informed and comfortable about the whole process.

If you ask the dentist a question and they evade it or seem unsure or confuse you further, is this who you want drilling into your jaw?

What if they are pushy about getting you booked in and saying we have a special deal today only…?

Choosing a professional is not a decision you should take lightly.

A welcoming, confident, and helpful professional that clearly explains what is involved and answers your questions appropriately might be a better choice.

Do not be afraid to ask questions and ask about their experience.  You may prefer to have someone who has completed the procedure hundreds of times, rather than just a few times.

Get the dentist’s GDC number – every dental professional has one and check it against the publicly accessible database at https://www.gdc-uk.org/.

Cost of denture implants in the UK

The cost of denture implants (and associated denture) can range from about £4000 through to £14,000.

The price very much depends on your personal needs and what is involved or necessary to achieve those results.

As a general rule, the less implants you need, the cheaper it will be.

But, it should not be a case of skipping an implant or 2 to save on cost.

The dentist will suggest the number of implants that are necessary to ensure a secure fit for you.

2 major parts make up the cost, the implants and the denture.

If you already have a denture that can be modified to the implants then this can keep the cost down.

If you do not, you are looking at approximately £1000 for a new denture.

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The previously mentioned ‘All-on-4’ system has its advantages and disadvantages but at approximately £7,000 per arch it can be a relatively cost effective option if it is to last you many years.

Whilst a regular dental implant with crown might be a nice idea, with prices around £25,000 for a full set of teeth, implants retained or implant supported dentures can be a much more financially attractive option.

The NHS does not offer implants for dentures so the only option in the UK is to opt for private dental treatment.

Shopping around can help with ensuring the price you are being quoted is correct and fair, but it should not generally be a case of just going for the cheapest.

Think wisely about what you spend.

Some practices will offer payment plans whilst others will require full payments.

Treatment can be expensive, so be sure you can afford it and wait if you can do so, if it will be better for you financially.

Denture implants – before & after

Denture implants may all sound great, but what are the results really like to look at.

The following are a series of images of patients before and after having denture implants.

You can see how the transformations are really quite significant for some.

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Copyright © Park West Dental –www.parkwestdental.com
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Copyright © Park West Dental – www.parkwestdental.com
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Copyright © Ten Dental – www.tendental.com

Please note: The results vary from patient to patient, so these images should be used as a guide only as to what is potentially possible.

What patients say

To understand the benefits of these implant based dentures there is nothing better than hearing first hand accounts of those that have been through it.

Below are a few videos from different people that have either removable or fixed dentures and each of them give their feedback on their experience and how they have found them.

All on 4 Dental Implants 1 year review.
Bar retained overdenture
Snap In Dentures 2 YEARS LATER.. IS IT WORTH IT?


Traditional dentures might be very affordable, particularly when provided by the NHS, but when you have lost all teeth, the shrinking gums can lead to uncomfortable false teeth that can slip out at the most inconvenient of times.

The placement of a few implants can offer a level of additional security and confidence to the wearer that goes far beyond any financial cost associated with the treatment.

Compared to traditional dental implants, dentures retained by implants are considerably more cost effective and require much less surgical treatment whilst being more suitable for a wider proportion of people.

If you are keen to know more, reach out to your dentist today.


Do the NHS offer denture implants?

The NHS does not offer denture implants.  Your only option would be to seek private dental treatment.

Denture implants near me?

To find an implantologist or prosthodontist near you, the General Dental Council’s register search available here is a great tool to use.

It can be useful to do a web search for ‘prosthodontist XXX (X= name of your location)’ to help find options too.

Denture implants in one day?

It is perfectly possible to get denture implants in just one day thanks to solutions such as ‘All-on-4’ from Nobel Biocare.  Not all are suitable for the same day solution that this offers and there are pros and cons, speak to your prosthodontist to find out if they are an option for yourself or what alternatives they can offer for fast denture implants.

Can I get palateless denture without implants?

It is not really possible or practical to achieve this.

A traditional denture, fitted to the upper jaw has an expanse of material that covers the palate/roof of the mouth to help it stay in place.

Some people find that such dentures can make it hard to swallow or they can gag with an upper denture in place.  The palate surface of the denture can make it difficult to chew and even taste food.

The reality is that the palate part of the denture is present to give strength to the denture but to also offers the opportunity for a ‘vacuum’ to be created so that the denture sticks/suctions in place and does not fall out.

With a palateless denture, unless held in place by implants, it would feel like it was falling out all the time, because it has nothing to actually grip or hook onto.

So it is often not possible to have a palateless denture without implants. By getting implants the existing denture can be modified or a new one made that removes the need for this, giving back taste, improved ability to chew and comfort in everyday wear.

Pros and cons of denture implants?

For the positives associated with denture implants, click here to find out the benefits or here to find out the cons associated with such.


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27 thoughts on “Denture Implants & Implant Retained Dentures: Procedure, Costs & FAQ”

  1. I had all on 6 I mplants to both jaws 3 weeks ago in Turkey as well as bone grafting to support my upper jaw . However my upper temporary teeth have come loose & im worried that this will prevent fusion & increase the likihood of failure.
    I’m not getting any advice from the clinic in Turkey . What do you suggest?

    • Hi Sarah. This is really a question for the clinic in Turkey as they can advise based on your specific circumstances.
      I am presuming you are due to go back for a checkup/extra work on the basis you are mentioning temporary teeth?
      All being well it won’t have a negative impact but if the loose teeth result in uneven pressure and alignment when eating etc there may well be the potential for some additional risk or complication.
      I would strongly advise you to do what you can to speak to the clinic.

      • Thankyou. I have contacted the clinic 3 times but had no reply or advice.
        Therefore iv booked a flight to go back tomorrow ( for 4 nights ) Largely to ensure the clinic has availability, which I feel is reasonable.
        Thanks again x

    • Hi . I’m back in Turkey but im not happy with the position of my temporary teeth . They are screwed in , not cemented & the dentist told me to ” remind him to bring them forward on my next visit ”
      They just screwed my temporary teeth back in , which took about 10 minutes.
      Am I being unreasonable to have asked that they bring them forward on this visit .. Do you know if this can be done with an all on 6 treatment . Im here for another 4 days .

      • Hi Sarah.
        So we are limited on what specific advice we can give as we have not done any assessments of your mouth and don’t know the exact details of the planned treatment.
        Implants do get screwed into the jaw bone. The bone around the implant then fuses to it to essentially cement and hold it in place. This takes 3-6 months for the implant to become fused into the bone and essentially be really strong.
        I think you have had these implants placed.
        The teeth do get screwed onto the implants and secured in place. They are not normally cemented in place. The screws along with the implants are usually more than strong enough to keep everything in place and enjoy a happy smile daily.
        Because the teeth are screwed in, it would be fair to assume that the adjustments wouldn’t then take very long.
        I am not sure what the dentist mean’s by bringing them forward. It is possible there are adjustments that can be made to the teeth being placed on top of the implant to allow for them to be brought forward. However, if the implant itself needs to be moved this would impact recovery time and the fusing of the bone to the implant itself.
        I do hope you get a satisfactory resolution to this matter.

        • I think he was acknowledging that my face looks sunken in & was trying to reassure me that this could be easily resolved in 3 months . I just wanted to know if there was a reason it couldnt be resolved now while I’m here .
          It would make a big difference to the way I look & I feel like my concerns are reasonable & could be resolved very easily .
          Thankyou . I really appreciate your advice .

          • I fully understand Sarah. Your concerns are very valid and reasonable. It is only right that the dentist gives a detailed and reasoned explanation as to the reason for this and how they plan to correct things based on your specific circumstances.
            I want to help, but this is outside of the scope of what I and the team here can do without fuller information and understanding of your specific situation.
            If you can I would arrange for the dentist treating you to sit down with you and fully explain things and answer all your questions prior to you leaving.

    • Hi James.
      You will need to contact a private dentist local to you to enquire about this. Do review the section in the article above titled ‘Choosing a dentist/implantologist’ to assist.

  2. Hi,
    I found this site after many (many) web searches and clicks into rabbit holes that invariably lead to non UK information/advice. Firstly, thank you for setting the information out clearly and in one page – but I have questions that I am yet to find any reliable or relevant answers to; or that I could use as a starting point.

    Of course, I will discuss things with my dentist, but as a result of the pandemic, I’ve not seen him since I received my (very first) set of full dentures in January 2020.

    To cut a very long story short, in 2019 I finally found the courage to see a dentist who, in less than 12 months had to remove all of my teeth – crumbling and decayed due to a toxic combination of: Crohn’s Disease related mouth ulcers and vitamin deficiencies; pain and swelling from temporal mandibular joint dysfunction; a destructive lack of saliva and bodily fluids due to Sjogrens Syndrome and years of apathy and depression.

    Once my gums healed I had moulds taken and was soon fitted with a full set of upper and lower dentures. It was less than 12 weeks later that the first lockdown was imposed. My lack of saliva soon meant I had no natural suction or vacuum holding them in place and every attempt at fixing them with glue or strips failed with a simple drink or when I was talking. It felt like both sets were fighting for space when I opened my mouth too much or when my jaws clicked. I tried just the top denture, but there was no difference.

    Thankfully my Crohn’s is under control and I no longer take steroids or immunosuppressants.

    So, to the question(s). In your experience or opinion:
    1. Is it possible for someone with Sjogrens or lack of saliva to have any of the discussed dental implants, and if so, how successfully?
    2. Would my medical history and/or failure with normal dentures make me eligible for support or dental implant procedures from the NHS?

    Thanks again

    • Hi Dawn,

      As always, you do need to discuss this with your dentist. I am unable to provide personalised dental advice as I haven’t assessed you as a patient.

      But, to answer your questions:

      1. Yes, people who have Sjorgren’s Syndrome (SS) are able to have dental implants. Ultimately it is up to the implant dentist to make the final decision. See this 2017 paper which looked at all the available evidence for implants placed in people with SS and found that there is a slightly increased risk of failure of the implants, but that success rates are still over 90% after 4 years. This press release also outlines key points from another study.

      2. Yes, you might be eligible. But having one unsuccessful set of dentures would not automatically make you entitled to NHS implants. You will need to talk to your dentist about referral policies in your area. For NHS implants you will normally be referred to a hospital restorative dentistry department. Type into a search engine your local health board + “restorative dentistry NHS referrals”. This should come up with information about referral criteria. For examples see Oxford University Hospitals page and Barts Health NHS trust .

      Hope this helps,


      • Hi Gemma,
        Thank you so much for the reply and links to studies into SS and implants – which I didn’t realise existed – that afford me a much wider knowledge.

        I am extremely grateful for your response.


  3. Dear Jon & Emma

    Having lost nearly half of my teeth I have just taken the difficult decision to ask my NHS Dentist to remove my remaining teeth & replace with a full set of dentures but I wanted to investigate the possibility of implants before I committed to this course of action.

    Having spent a few hours researching the various options and estimated costs relating to dental implants I would like to say thank you for the excellent information provided on your website , by far the most helpful and informative I have come across. As I anticipated , the costs of dental implants are not an affordable option for me but ‘dentures on an implant’ which I hadn’t previously heard of may perhaps be a viable solution that I intend to investigate further.

    I wonder if you may be able to help me with the following question? I have read that following the extraction of teeth & fitting of dentures the jaw may ‘settle’ over time & the dentures may need re-aligning several months after first fitting. Is this also likely to happen with ‘implant dentures’ and if so is re-alignment likely to be a considerably greater expense than with conventional dentures? . Also , may it be a more prudent option ( given that affordability is an issue) to go ahead with conventional dentures & wait a year or so before getting ‘implant dentures’?

    Many Thanks


    • Hi Lesley.

      Thanks for the kind words, so pleased we could assist in some way.

      You are correct with the re-aligning of dentures. When all the natural teeth are removed, the jaw bone and gum change because of the tooth roots no longer being present. This in turn affects this secure fit of dentures, hence the need for adjustments.

      If you went for implant-retained dentures, this does not apply in the same way. That is not to say there would never be the need for slight adjustments. But it is a lot less likely. This is because the implants themselves mimic to a great extent natural teeth. The jaw bone and gums don’t change quite as much and the dentures themselves are securely fitting to the implants.

      The costs with implant retained dentures will be more expensive as this is not a service offered by NHS dentists. You can only get this done privately.

      If you are seriously considering it. I would recommend a consultation with a private dentist that can offer implant-retained dentures before you have any remaining teeth removed.

      It is possible in most instances to have implant retained dentures placed many years after having all your natural teeth removed.

      But, even if the implants are not affordable right now, you can make a decision armed with all the information necessary before removing what teeth you have remaining.

      • Hi John

        Many thanks for your prompt reply . I have looked at several private dentists websites today & am surprised by the variance of what they offer & indicative costs , which are of course just a prices from …… To get a firm quote I need to book an initial consultation at £100 to £150 . Whilst I did expect to pay for an initial consultation I didn’t expect it to be so difficult to make a reasonably informed comparison between Dental Practices in terms of what they offer & the fees they charge. It appears something of a minefield which isn’t helped by my distrust of Dentists based upon a my negative experiences over the last ten years; whereas my ‘old school’ NHS Dentist kept all my teeth in pretty good shape for thirty years or so before he retired.

    • Hi John.

      We do not make dentures or implants ourselves. We have only written about them. You would need to seek out a dentist local to you that can provide a price based on your needs and circumstances.

      To find an implantologist or prosthodontist near you, the General Dental Council’s register search available here is a great tool to use.

      It can be useful to do a web search for ‘prosthodontist XXX (X= name of your location)’ to help find options too.

  4. I have been considering my options for some time now (over 12 months ) with regard to utilising mini implants in my lower jaw for a full or partial replacement denture. I went to see a Dentist who specializes in Dental Implants and despite the cost quoted to me I was prepared to go ahead ( I had previously used the same Dentist for a fixed Denture for my upper teeth ) when prior to starting the surgery he asked me to sign a form, part of which stated that I accepted that in the event of the nerve in my lower jaw being damaged or severed I would not hold the Dentist liable. Is this generally the case and if so what is the likelihood of such an occurrence for if one is considering spending such a lot of money it would be unfortunate to say the least to suffer in such a manner and yet pay for this to happen. This aspect of implants to the lower jaw is not dealt with in your excellent article and would very much appreciate your thoughts on this matter as I’m sure would other visitors to this site.

    • Hi.

      I can’t say whether this clause in the paperwork is typical or not. But, it is not wholly unsurprising.

      With any implant procedure, there is a risk of the treatment not going as planned and nerve damage is one of those complications.

      However, in the preparation stages, tests/observations are done to determine the level of risk and determine where nerves run, etc.

      Based on this, the placement of the implants can then be placed accordingly to minimise the possible risk.

      Sometimes the only option is to place an implant in an area very close to a nerve where this risk is increased, but normally the dentist would alert you to this.

      Has your dentists explained that you are particularly at risk or there is more chance of complication?

      • My Dentist assured me that in my case it would not happen. My response was in that case signing such a disclaimer was unnecessary – for the outlay of thousands of pounds to be left with numbness/possible permanent damage and pain without redress seemed to me not to be any basis on which to proceed.
        As a consequence I am now in a quandary as to how best to proceed
        hence my turning to knowledgeable
        people such as yourself in order to make a rational decision.
        Many thanks for this excellent website

        • Mr Woods.

          Thanks for the reply and further confirmation.

          I understand what you are saying and why you would be concerned about signing the paperwork.

          This is by no means advice on what is the right decision to make as it is not appropriate for me to conclusively say one way or another. We are verging into legal advice and a trained lawyer I am not!

          Trying to take a rational view though….

          The dentist, in this case, has been upfront to say it should not pose an issue, but they can never say never.

          This clause is like many procedures, there is always a risk, no matter how small.

          As far as I am aware, if you were having an operation at a hospital you are going to likely be made aware and asked to sign documentation that would likely suggest there is a risk of complication and death etc, but the likelihood would be slim and all efforts to avoid such would be taken.

          Ultimately I think you probably know what the right decision is, but for peace of mind, seeing or at least phoning other dentists locally to see whether they impose such terms in their documentation.

          • As you will have gathered I am simply trying to establish the extent of the risk and so far I haven’t been successful in establishing statistically or otherwise the probability of a successful outcome. Furthermore I fully understand your situation and realise it is a legal minefield and as such makes it impossible for you to advise on such a matter.
            Nevertheless I want to thank you for the time you have taken in providing responses to my questions. I think the interaction has focused my mind a little more and provided me with a way forward and for that my thanks to you.

            • Glad I have been of some assistance. 😀

              Accurate figures can be hard to obtain on the success rate, but generally, the success rate is very high with low failure rates. I have seen figures as high as 98%.

              Each dentist/practice will have their own figures.

              A reputable implantologist should rarely have cases that go wrong, because they take the necessary precautions or simply don’t proceed unless they are fairly confident.

              Based on what you have said it sounds like you have little to worry about.

              Perhaps seeing another dentist and hearing what they have to say may help as then you have another opinion and idea of the risks in your personal circumstances.

  5. Hi there,

    I’ve just had dental implants fitted after teeth straightening and a couple of the teeth are quite sore to bite. I’ve had a couple of adjustments which did seem to help a bit but it’s still quite sore if I’m biting something hard.

    I’ve seen a website that mentions jaw recession and I’m wondering if that might be related.

    Is it common to experience pain when biting/chewing after implants?

    Any thoughts would be extremely appreciated.

    Many thanks,


    • Tom.

      If you had jaw recession any dentist would likely have mentioned this prior to the implants and explained the treatment, consequences etc.

      The implants and the jaw bone will take a few weeks to heal after all it’s quite intense surgery.

      This pain will be worse when eating hard items, sticking to softer items of food is best for the short term.

      Any concerns or you think the healing is taking longer than expected, you should speak to your Dentist as they have your records and can comment based on your personal circumstances.

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