Denture Stabilisation is a procedure whereby a slimline denture is attached and supported by 2, 4 or 6 Dental Implants to stop discomfort, wobble and slippage whilst the denture being worn.
A fully stabilised denture allows people to have a much more normal life laughing without possible embarrassment and being able to eat foods more comfortably whcih are normally off the menu such as steak, apples and baguettes to name but a few.
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Dentures which are stabilised with dental implants have always been a very popular dental procedure in Hungary because dreams can often become a reality when it is more affordable.
As well as Denture Stabilisation this procedure is also known by various names as Implant Retained Dentures, All on 4 system, Bar Retained Dentures, Mini Dental Implants and Implant Overdentures but there are differences in the dental implants and the attachment system used. It is best practice to let the Dentist advise which system is best for your situation.
Why Have Denture Stabilisation
Traditional dentures were a great advancement in dentistry in their day but they do have some major disadvantages. Some people get on well with dentures but getting a well fitting denture is hit and miss on the NHS and dentures from a private dentist can be expensive.
People who do have dentures often do not get on with them as they can be uncomfortable or embarrassing and can prevent them from eating their favourite foods like steaks or Apples. Dentures falling out whilst speaking and sore gums are just some of the issues traditional denture wearers complain about.
Denture Stabilisation is a procedure whereby the upper or lower (or both) jawbone has a specially made denture which is held in place by dental implants.
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Dental patients who have no teeth often enquire about denture stabilisation in Budapest because of the massive price difference between UK and Ireland compared to Hungary.
Some patients will have four dental implants placed which will hold the denture in place whilst other patients need as much as six dental implants. It is down to the expert opinion of the dentist how many dental implants depending on how stable the denture will be when increased biting forces are applied.
Cost / 2 Implant Option
For a 2 implant solution the cost will be £2,350 per jawbone. This will cost around £7000 in the UK. There is big debate over the stability and longevity of this option but there are circumstances where using this option makes sense.
Cost / 4 Implant Option
For a four implant solution the cost will be £3,550 in Budapest but expect UK prices to be around the £10,000 to £12,000 mark.
Cost / 6 Implant Option
For a six implant solution expect UK prices to be around £14,000 to £16,000 whilst in Hungary the cost will be around £5,200 on a true like for like basis.
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The lower jawbone is very much different to the upper jawbone in terms of bone quality. For this reason expect the dentist to advise four dental implants in most cases to support the new denture but this is on a case by case basis.
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It has become popular for patients to seek dental implant options involving just two dental implants. It is possible and the restoration will last around 4 to 6 years before serious maintenance is required but the advice is to do it properly in the first place and have the correct amount of implants to support the denture which will have increased biting forces applied to it.
For a four implant solution expect UK prices to be around the £10,000 to £12,000 mark whilst in Hungary expect prices to be less than £3,550.
A two dental implant solution will be £2,350
For a six implant solution the cost is £5,200
The dentist will obviously assess you and advise whether this is the right treatment for you. The dentist will normally want to carry out a full panoramic x-ray so that bone quality can be assessed or even a 3D CT Scan. The dentist will also feel the jawbone and measure the ridge to determine how appropriate and successful the treatment will be.
Due to the nature of this treatment many patients have had missing teeth for decades and jawbone resorption will have taken place. Surprisingly many patients out rule themselves as candidates because they have had missing teeth for a long time. Let the dentist decide and you may be surprised to find out that you are a good candidate.
Once suitability has been determined the dentist will plan and then place the dental implants. Once the dental implants have been placed the dentist may require a healing period lasting 3 to 6 months depending on patient circumstances. Sometimes the dentist will decide to load the new implants with the special dentures immediately if stability can be gained.
Ball Joints Vs Bar System
The bar system has always been instrumental in stability and this feature often allows the implants to be loaded just a few days after the implants have been placed. The bar system joins the implants together so that each implant is connected to one another. This stops the possibility of the implants drifting away from each other which will cause the denture not to click in place when taken out for cleaning.
The old system was for the denture to attach with a ball and socket arrangement but this is considered to be an old system. The balls and socket system would wear and then become loose which would require replacement parts every few year.
The new system incorporates a fixing system into the bar so that there is a two sided advantage:
- Bar System adds stability by joining the dental implants together
- The denture will fix directly to the bar which easier.
Once the dentist is satisfied that the new implants will take the load from the new dentures the dentist will first join the dentures together with a bar system. This bar system links all of the dental implants together and stops them moving in different directions.
After this procedure the dentist will take precise impressions and then your new dentures will be made by a highly skilled dental technician.
The denture is very different to the one you are familiar with. Firstly the denture will not have as much plastic as a traditional denture. The new denture will have acrylic teeth and a plastic gum but much less plastic normally associated with a familiar style denture.
Also the new denture must be fitted with an internal superstructure to attach to the attachment system. Metal strengthening plates must also be built into the new denture as your biting forces will increase due to the better quality foods that you will eat. The new denture can break without the fitting of an internal strengthening plate.
Many dentists offer to modify your existing dentures by stripping off the excess plastic and fitting a superstructure. This is not as strong and will only last a short period of time.
Mini Dental Implants
Fact is fact, Hungarian dentists generally do not like working with mini dental implants but they do have their uses in certain circumstances. Hungarian dentist prefer working with full size dental implants due to the fact that they are more appropriate and have better success rates but placing more mini implants into areas of strong bone ca be better in some situations.
Everything is dependent upon stability. You may need one trip for the implants lasting 3 days and a second trip lasting five days 3 to 6 months later. The procedure may be done in just one trip to Hungary lasting five days. If you need upper and lower jawbone denture stabilisation the dentist may want to do one arch first and the other at a later stage. It is up to the dentist to make that decision.
I will say that this is a very successful procedure and all patients that have it are always delighted with the results.