Can Denture Implants Be Removed?

Can Denture Implants Be Removed?

Denture implants are designed to be a permanent denture solution. Once the implants are placed, they look and feel like natural teeth and can be brushed just like your natural teeth. But there are some rare occasions when denture implants don’t work out. If this does happen, don’t panic. Although denture implants are designed to be permanent, there are ways of removing them. Denture implant removal surgery can take your denture implants out of your jaw so that you can switch to a different type of denture, such as complete dentures, that works better for you. Here is why a person might want their denture implants removed and what that process involves.

Removing A Denture Implant

Why Would Someone Want A Denture Implant Removed?
While denture implants are meant to be permanent, it is possible for an implant failure to occur. Implant failures can happen if the gums become infected, if there is too much movement, if the patient discovers a previously unknown allergy, or if the implant doesn’t properly fuse with the jaw. If the implant fails for any reason, it will need to be removed.

How Is A Denture Implant Removed?
If a denture implant has failed, it will need to be removed surgically by a dentist or dental surgeon. Before the procedure, the patient will be given a local anaesthetic so that they feel no pain or discomfort. Once the gums and jaw are numb, the denture implant will be removed in the opposite order it was first placed. First, the teeth of the denture implant will be taken off. After this, the abutments will be removed. These are the screw-like pieces that are partially in the denture teeth and partially in the implant body that keep the dentures secured. Removing the abutment won’t impact your gums or jaw. After the abutments are taken out, the body of the implant will have to be removed. This will require some surgery on the gums and potentially the jaw. In theory, this portion of the denture implant has already fused to the jaw and will have to be removed using special tools, although if you’ve had a failed implant, it may not be completely fused to the jaw. After this section is removed, the dentist will stitch up your gums.

What Is Healing Like After Denture Implant Removal Surgery?
You will need some recovery time after the denture implant removal surgery, as your jawbone and your gums will both need to heal. Swelling from the surgery should go down within 3 to 5 days. During these few days, you will want to eat foods that don’t require chewing. Because you will have stitches in your gums, do not suck through a straw at this point; if you have smoothies you should eat them with a spoon. Also be careful of eating foods that are too hot as your mouth will be extra sensitive at this time. You should be able to resume eating normally between 7 to 10 days after surgery. It will likely take several months for your jaw to fully heal, at which point you will need to visit your dentist again for a check-up. If your jawbone is weak, bone grafting surgery may be recommended.

Denture Implants In Calgary

While it is possible for denture implants to fail, the vast majority of denture implants are successful. Many people love the low maintenance and natural look and feel offered by denture implants. Before you can get denture implants, you will need to speak with a denturist to ensure you are a viable candidate. Your Calgary denturist will also have to refer you to a dentist or dental surgeon for the denture implant surgery. To speak with the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: How common is it for a denture implant to fail?
A: It is not very common for a denture implant to fail, with an estimated failure rate of only 5% to 10%. The vast majority of denture implants are successful and of those that fail, the majority do so in the first month.

Q: How long do denture implants last?
A: With proper care, the crown of your dentures may last for 15 or 20 years, but the implants themselves should last your whole life. To learn more, read Do Dental Implants Last Forever?

Q: I’m looking for affordable denture solutions. What options do I have?
A: At Future Smiles Dentures Clinic, we know that Calgarians are looking for low-cost, stress-free denture payment plans. This is why we offer affordable denture solutions, including direct billing and financing.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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