If you’re having problems holding your dentures in and want them tighter, placement of between two and six implants is a lower-cost option that can help. The denture isn’t fixed, so you can remove it for cleaning, and it will still move a little during use. An overdenture can stabilise a loose lower denture while allowing you to feel and taste your food.

During the six-week wait period after the implants are inserted, your existing dentures will be adjusted for use. There are a number of different ways to attach the final denture to the implants, including a bar and clip, ball-and-socket-type attachments and clip attachments. You’ll usually need follow-up visits to make adjustments and tighten the clips.

Generally, the attachments will need replacing after a number of years. See also mini-implants.