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Implant-Supported Dentures in West Chester, PA

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Say Goodbye to Ill-Fitting Dentures with Implant-Supported Dentures

Are you struggling with ill-fitting dentures that slip, click, or cause discomfort? Briglia Dental Group, led by West Chester, PA, dentist, Dr. Ron Briglia, offers a revolutionary solution – implant-supported dentures. This advanced dental treatment combines the stability of dental implants with the convenience of removable dentures, providing you with a secure, comfortable, and natural-looking smile.

Learn how we can restore oral health and your confidence in your ability to eat, speak, and smile freely by dialing (610) 615 0160 if you’re a new patient or (610) 692 4440 if you’re an existing patient.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are a type of dental prosthesis that offers a stable and secure solution for individuals who have lost multiple teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, which rest on the gums, implant-supported dentures are anchored in place by dental implants surgically placed into the jawbone. 

These implants serve as artificial tooth roots, providing a solid foundation for the denture to attach to. This design provides enhanced stability, comfort, and chewing efficiency over a conventional denture or dentures, allowing patients to regain confidence in their smiles and enjoy improved oral function.

Types of Implant-Supported Dentures

Bar-Retained Dentures

Bar-retained dentures feature a thin metal bar that’s securely attached to two or more dental implants placed in the jawbone. The bar follows the contour of the jaw and acts as a stable anchor for the denture. The denture itself is custom-designed to fit snugly over the bar, utilizing clips or attachments to hold it in place. This design distributes chewing forces more evenly across the implants, reducing strain on individual implants and enhancing overall stability. 

Ball-Retained Dentures

Also known as stud-attachment dentures, ball-retained dentures employ a system of ball-shaped attachments on the implants, which correspond to sockets embedded within the denture base. The balls and sockets create a secure connection that allows for easy removal and insertion of the denture. When the denture is in place, the balls snap firmly into the sockets, providing stability during chewing and speaking. 

Screw-Retained Dentures

For screw-retained dentures, the denture is affixed to the implants through small screws. These screws are directly attached to the implants, providing a strong and stable foundation for the final denture itself. Screw-retained dentures offer excellent stability and are often preferred for their durability and ease of maintenance.

Locator-Retained Dentures

Locator-retained dentures utilize locator attachments, which consist of a male component attached to the implant and a corresponding female component embedded within the denture base. The male and female parts snap together, creating a secure connection while still allowing for easy removal and insertion of the denture. 

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

  • Enhanced Stability and Durability: Implant-supported dentures provide superior stability and durability, eliminating the inconvenience of messy adhesives commonly associated with traditional dentures.
  • Improved Chewing Ability: With implant-supported dentures, individuals can enjoy a wider variety of foods and experience enhanced chewing ability, leading to a more enjoyable dining experience and improved nutrition.
  • Boosted Confidence: The secure fit of implant-supported dentures enhances comfort and confidence when speaking or smiling, allowing individuals to engage in social interactions with ease and self-assurance.
  • Preservation of Jawbone Density: By stimulating the jawbone, dental implants help prevent bone loss and facial sagging, preserving facial structure and supporting overall oral health.

  • Easy Maintenance: Implant-supported dentures are easy to clean and maintain, promoting optimal oral hygiene and reducing the risk of oral health issues associated with poor denture hygiene.
  • Long-Term Solution: Implant-supported dentures offer a long-lasting solution for tooth loss, providing stability and functionality for many years with proper care.
  • Natural Feel and Appearance: Because they are anchored securely in the jawbone, implant-supported dentures closely mimic the feel and appearance of natural teeth, enhancing overall facial aesthetics and smile aesthetics.
  • Improved Speech: Unlike traditional dentures, which may slip or shift during speech, implant-supported dentures remain securely in place, helping to improve speech clarity and confidence.
  • Enhanced Bone Health: By integrating with the jawbone, dental implants promote bone growth and stability, which can contribute to overall oral health and prevent further bone deterioration.

Who Qualifies for Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are an ideal solution for many people who have lost all or most of their natural teeth. However, certain factors need to be considered to determine if you are a suitable candidate for this treatment. Generally, individuals who qualify for implant-supported dentures should:

  • Have Sufficient Bone Density in The Jawbone: Dental implants require a certain amount of healthy bone structure to support and integrate with the implants successfully. If you have experienced significant bone loss, you may need a bone grafting procedure before receiving implant-supported dentures.
  • Be Missing Most or All of Their Teeth: Implant-supported dentures are designed to replace entire arches of missing or severely damaged teeth. If a patient is only missing one tooth or a few teeth, standard singular dental implants or an implant-supported bridge, might be a better option.
  • Be in Good Overall Health: Certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune disorders, or cancer treatment, can affect the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Your overall health will be evaluated to ensure a successful implant integration and recovery.
  • Have Good Oral Hygiene Habits: Proper oral hygiene is crucial for the long-term success of implant-supported dentures. You must be committed to maintaining excellent oral health through regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.
  • Be a Non-smoker or Willing to Quit: Smoking can significantly increase the risk of implant failure and complications due to its negative impact on healing and bone health.

The Implant-Supported Dentures Process


Before you’re approved for a new set of implant-retained dentures, you’ll attend an initial consultation with Dr. Briglia. During your initial visit with Dr. Briglia, he’ll carefully examine your dental history and discuss your goals and concerns. Together, you’ll decide if implant-supported dentures are right for you. Your consultation is a great time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have. 


Before your implant surgery, Dr. Briglia may need to extract any remaining teeth to make room for the implant-retained dentures. Before your implant placement, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort or pain during the placement process. We also offer IV sedation and oral sedation to further keep you calm and relaxed. 

Implant Placement

Dr. Briglia will make small incisions into your gum tissue where the implants will go. Then, he’ll place the metal implants into your jawbone. Sometimes, he may need to take extra steps, like adding bone or lifting the sinus, to make sure the implants are secure.


After the surgery, your jawbone needs time to heal and fuse with the implants in a process called osseointegration. This usually takes around six to nine months, but it’s essential for making sure your dentures stay in place.

Making Your Dentures

Once your jawbone is healed, Dr. Briglia will take impressions of your mouth. These are used to make custom dentures that fit perfectly. Skilled technicians create these dentures in a dental lab.

Attaching Your Dentures

When your dentures are ready, they’ll be securely attached to the implants. This ensures they stay in place while you eat, talk, and smile comfortably. 

Implant-Supported Denture Aftercare

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean your implant-supported dentures daily to remove food particles and plaque buildup. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or denture brush and non-abrasive denture cleaner. Avoid using abrasive toothpaste, as it can scratch the denture surface.
  • Proper Oral Hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your remaining natural teeth, gums, and tongue twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. Floss between your natural teeth and around the base of your implant-supported dentures to remove plaque and prevent gum disease.
  • Attend Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule regular dental check-ups with Dr. Briglia for professional cleaning and evaluation of your implant-supported dentures. Your dentist can assess the fit, function, and overall health of your dentures and recommend any necessary adjustments or repairs.
  • Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods: Avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods that can exert excessive force on your implant-supported dentures and cause damage. Opt for softer foods and cut them into smaller pieces to reduce stress on your dentures.
  • Protect Your Dentures: When handling removable implant-supported dentures, use caution to avoid dropping them and causing damage. Place a towel or soft cloth in the sink when cleaning or removing your dentures to cushion them in case they fall.
  • Avoid Smoking and Excessive Alcohol Consumption: Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can negatively impact oral health and increase the risk of complications with implant-supported dentures, such as implant failure and gum disease. Quit smoking and limit alcohol intake for optimal oral health.
  • Be Mindful of Grinding or Clenching: If you grind or clench your teeth, especially during sleep, it can put excessive pressure on your implant-supported dentures and implants. Talk to your West Chester dentist about using a nightguard or other interventions to protect your dentures and implants from damage.

Frequently Asked Questions 

The implants themselves can last a lifetime, but the denture portion may need to be replaced every five to seven years or as recommended. To maintain your implant-supported dentures for as long as possible, practice proper aftercare and see your dentist for routine checkups and follow-up appointments.
Coverage for implant-supported dentures varies depending on individual insurance plans, with some plans offering partial coverage while others may not cover them at all. Factors influencing coverage include the terms of your insurance plan, the reason for tooth loss, and whether the treatment is deemed medically necessary.
Review your insurance policy details carefully and consult with your insurance provider or dentist to understand the extent of coverage, potential out-of-pocket costs, and steps to maximize insurance benefits for this dental treatment.
While discomfort during dental implant placement is minimal due to local anesthesia and sedation, some patients may experience mild soreness or swelling afterward, which can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Your dentist will provide detailed post-operative care instructions to help minimize any discomfort and promote healing.
No, not all types of implant-supported dentures are removable. While some types of implant-supported dentures are designed to be removable for cleaning and maintenance purposes, others are fixed permanently in the mouth and can’t be removed by the wearer. The choice between removable and fixed implant-supported dentures depends on various factors, such as patient preference, oral health status, and treatment goals.


Discover a Confident Smile With Implant-Supported Dentures by Briglia Dental Group

Experience the life-changing benefits of implant-supported dentures at Briglia Dental Group. Dr. Ron Briglia and his team are committed to providing exceptional care and restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. 

Call (610) 615 0160 if you’re a new patient or (610) 692 4440 for existing patients to schedule your consultation today. We welcome patients from West Chester, PA, and the surrounding areas such as Chester Springs, Exton, Broomall, and Chadds Ford, PA, offering a path to a secure, comfortable, and natural-looking smile.


Dr. Ron Briglia at Briglia Dental Group

Dr. Ron Briglia has been practicing dentistry since 1984. With decades of experience and extensive continuing education, Dr. Briglia provides the most comprehensive dental services.

He earned his Bachelor of Science from Gannon University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University Dental School. He has received advanced training at prestigious organizations like Pankey and Las Vegas Institutes. He is IV and oral sedation-certified too.

Most of Dr. Briglia’s patients have continued with him in his family of patients for over 30 – 35 years, and the restorations he has provided them have lasted for 25-35 years – clear evidence of his skills and expertise.

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