Implant-Supported Dentures in Sacramento, CA

Combining Simple Dentures With Lasting Implant Solutions

Dentures are a popular and affordable option for replacing missing teeth. However, traditional dentures have several limitations and drawbacks that can make them uncomfortable and inconvenient for some patients. They can be difficult to keep in place, may cause irritation and soreness, and often require frequent adjustments or replacements.

Fortunately, implant-supported dentures offer a simple and long-lasting solution to combine the best of both worlds. By anchoring your dentures to dental implants, Sacramento implant dentist Dr. A Scott Grivas III can help you enjoy improved stability, comfort, and function while avoiding the hassle and discomfort of traditional dentures.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Implant-supported dentures are a type of dental prosthesis consisting of dentures supported by dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically inserted into the jawbone, where they fuse with the surrounding bone tissue (osseointegration) to create a stable and durable foundation for the denture.

Implant-supported dentures can be used to replace either the upper or lower arch of teeth, or both, depending on your specific needs and preferences. They can be removable or fixed, depending on the type of attachment used to connect the denture to the implants.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures offer several advantages over traditional dentures, including:

  • Improved Stability and Function: Since the denture is anchored to dental implants, it will stay securely in place and won’t slip or move while eating or speaking.
  • Enhanced Comfort: Implant-supported dentures are designed to fit snugly and comfortably, without causing irritation or sore spots.
  • Increased Durability: Dental implants provide a long-lasting and reliable foundation for your denture, reducing the need for frequent repairs or replacements.
  • Better Oral Health: Implant-supported dentures help preserve the natural bone tissue in your jaw, which can prevent further tooth loss and maintain the shape and structure of your face.
  • Affordability: Implant-retained dentures use a minimal number of implants to secure the dentures and in some cases, we can use your old dentures as the restoration. This makes them a more affordable option than singular implants. 
  • Enhanced Self-Confidence: Implant-supported dentures look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to smile, speak, and eat with confidence.

Types of Implant-Supported Dentures

There are several types of implant-supported dentures, each with its unique features and benefits. The three most common types are:

Ball Attachment

Also known as stud attachment dentures, ball attachment dentures use a ball-and-socket mechanism to connect the denture to the implants. The ball attachment is typically located on the implant, while the socket is integrated into the denture. This type of attachment is commonly used for lower dentures, as it provides excellent stability and retention.

Bar Attachment

Bar attachment dentures use a thin metal bar that is attached to the implants to support the denture. The denture is then secured to the bar using clips or other types of attachments. Bar attachment dentures are often used for upper dentures, as they provide an even distribution of force and support. They’re also especially useful for patients who have experienced severe loss of jawbone density (resorption), as they provide additional support. 


Screw-retained dentures use screws to attach the denture directly to the implants. The screws are typically located on the top of the implants and are covered by the denture. Screw-retained dentures are fixed in place and can only be removed with professional help. This type of attachment provides excellent stability and retention and is often used for both upper and lower dentures.

The Implant-Supported Dentures Process

If you’re considering implant-supported dentures, here’s what you can expect during the process:

Initial Consultation

The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Grivas to discuss your needs and determine if implant-supported dentures are right for you. During the consultation, Dr. Grivas will evaluate your oral health, take digital images and impressions of your remaining teeth, and discuss your treatment options and expectations. 

Your consultation is a great time to voice any questions or concerns you may have. If you’re feeling nervous about the prospect of implant placement, we can offer sedation dentistry to help you relax during your procedure. 

Designing Your Implants

Once you’ve decided to move forward with implant-supported dentures, Dr. Grivas will design a customized treatment plan based on your specific needs and preferences. The images and impressions Dr. Grivas takes will serve as blueprints for your custom-made implants and restorations. Your treatment plan will include using computer-guided technology to plan the exact placement of your implants and ensure optimal results.


Before the implants can be placed, your jawbone may need to be prepared for implant placement. This may involve bone grafting or other procedures to ensure there is enough bone density and volume to support the implants. 

After any supplemental procedures have been completed, we’ll numb you with a local anesthetic. Once we’re sure you’re numb, Dr. Grivas will make small incisions into your gum tissue where the implants will go. 

Installing Your Implant-Supported Dentures

Dr. Grivas will place the implants into your jaw through the incisions. You may receive a temporary denture to wear during the healing process, which typically takes several months. Once the implants have fully integrated with the surrounding bone tissue, Dr. Grivas will attach your permanent denture using the chosen attachment method.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do implant-supported dentures last?
Are implant-supported dentures painful?
How long does it take to get implant-supported dentures?
How much do implant-supported dentures cost?
How long do implant-supported dentures last?

Implant-supported dentures can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. In some cases, they can last for decades or even a lifetime. However, you’ll likely need to have the denture restoration replaced every ten years or so due to normal wear and tear. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and maintenance. 

Are implant-supported dentures painful?

Most patients report little to no discomfort during the implant placement process, as it is typically done under local anesthesia. You may experience some soreness and swelling after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs.

How long does it take to get implant-supported dentures?

The process of getting implant-supported dentures can take several months, as it involves multiple stages of treatment and healing. However, the exact time frame can vary from patient to patient. Your dentist will give you a more accurate breakdown of the time during your initial consultation. 

How much do implant-supported dentures cost?

The exact cost of your implant-supported dentures will depend on multiple factors including the type of dentures you receive, whether or not you require supplemental procedures, and your insurance coverage. You should contact your insurance provider beforehand to learn which costs they can cover and talk to your dentists about the financing option if you need additional help.

Call Us For A Better Smile With Implant-Supported Dentures

If you’re ready to restore your smile and enjoy the many benefits of implant-supported dentures, contact Dr. Grivas at his Sacramento, CA dental office today. Our team of skilled and caring professionals is committed to providing top-quality dental care and personalized treatment plans to patients in Sacramento and surrounding areas, including West Sacramento, Florin, Rosemont, and La Riviera, CA. Call us at (916)-929-9222 or fill out the contact form below to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a better smile.