Implant Supported Overdenture
If you’re looking for a better fit and more stability than conventional dentures can provide, an implant supported overdenture may be the best choice for you. This advanced dental treatment offers improved comfort and function, as well as better longevity compared to traditional dentures.
What Are Implant Supported Overdentures?
Implant supported overdentures are dentures that attach to two or more dental implants for improved stability and functioning.
Implant Supported Overdentures VS Conventional Dentures
This type of restoration differs from regular dentures in that the artificial teeth are held securely in place with osseointegrated implants rather than adhesives, providing a more comfortable fit and improved function.
Standard dentures are unsecured prostheses (that sit on top of the gums) that are often painful, inconvenient and unstable. They tend to slip when moving your mouth which can make it difficult to talk or chew certain foods.
Implant supported overdentures offer a number of beneficial features that regular dentures simply can’t match.
- The most significant benefit is improved stability; because the dental implants are attached directly to the jawbone, they provide an unprecedented level of comfort and security.
- They help to maintain facial structure and aesthetic appearance.
- Implant supported overdentures are a cost effective solution because they require fewer implants in each jaw compared to other implant supported restoration methods.
- The special angled placement of two of the implants ensures a secure and stable anchorage for the replaced arch, often making bone grafting unnecessary.
- Since your replacement arch can be attached to your dental implants immediately after insertion, the process is faster and healing time is kept to a minimum.
- Stimulation provided by the new implant inserted into the jawbone inhibits bone loss and keeps the bone from deteriorating over time.
Implant supported overdentures typically involve two stages:
- The first stage is the placement of the implants, in which a small titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone to act as an anchor for the denture. Following this, a few months of healing time is required so that the implant can fuse properly with the jawbone. Typically, a temporary set of teeth can be placed on the same day of surgery, as to not interrupt your daily life.
- The second stage involves creating and fitting the overdenture itself. This is a customized process and is tailored to provide the most natural appearance
Your quality of life is improved, and you can start enjoying your favorite foods again with renewed confidence.
How many Implants Are Needed For Overdentures?
Most of the time, four implants are sufficient. However, each case is different and will need to be evaluated individually for the best outcome.
Generally, with an overdenture surgery, fewer implants are required and bone grafting may not be necessary which significantly reduces the cost. It’s important to remember that price will vary depending on each situation and number of required implants.
How Long Do Implant Supported Dentures Last?
When properly cared for, implant-supported overdentures typically last between 10–20 years.
Who is a Good Candidate for Overdentures?
Overdentures are a good option for people looking to replace all upper or lower teeth. Candidates must:
- Be missing all or most teeth
- In good overall health
- In good oral health
- Have a sufficient amount of jawbone to place the implant
Can You Sleep with Implant Overdentures?
Wearing dentures to sleep is not advisable. Make sure to remove and clean your dentures every night to keep your gums healthy and your mouth free from bacteria.
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