Implant Overdentures

Implant Supported - Secure Dentures

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Dental implants are used to stabilize dentures and this has proven to be successful for many people. An overdenture is a type of implant-supported denture that is supported by and attached to implants. With overdentures, patients receive traditional dentures to heal in while the implants are integrating into the bone. Once fully integrated, the denture can be modified with attachments that will allow the denture to “snap-on” to the implants. An implant-supported denture is a great option for a person who doesn't have any teeth but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants.

Implant Overdenture - Upper Illustration
Implant Overdenture - Upper Illustration
Implant Overdenture - Lower Illustration
Implant Overdenture - Lower Illustration

What Are Snap-On Dentures?

Snap-On dentures or implant overdentures can be though of as a more stabilized traditional denture. The denture itself looks just like a conventional denture with a plate, however, the denture is attached to implants that have been placed into the jaw bone. On the plate there are locators which "snap" or attach onto the implant abutments to stabilize it. Sometimes overdentures are used to stabilize a patient's existing denture or we create a new denture.

Lower overdentures are very popular for anyone who has been in a traditional denture for a while. They offer a solution to the battle against retention, as those who have worn a lower traditional denture have likely experienced.

It is important to understand that implant overdentures are removable. You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) dentures in their mouths that can't be removed. If you are looking for a fixed solution (All-on-4) you can read more by visiting our page about All-on-4 Dental Implants here. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.

What are the benefits to a fixed/secure denture?

Snap-on dentures are often the most affordable way to replace all of your teeth with dental implants. For current denture wearers, eliminating the fear of their dentures slipping in public and no more chafing of their gums seem to really stand out as key benefits. In addition they:

  • Decreases bone loss by stimulating the bone in your jaw
  • Increases your ability to speak clearly and confidently
  • Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue
  • Taste foods better and eat carelessly without your dentures slipping

Am I a candidate for an implant overdenture?

The best way to find out is to schedule an appointment for an exam and 3D CT scan (Cone Beam Computed Tomography). This appointment will give the doctor the ability to evaluate three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bone density. With this information the doctor will be able to come up with a personalized treatment plan and discuss the implant restoration process from start to finish. From your initial exam and 3D CT scan, the Aria Dental Implant Center team will work with you to select from a variety of payment options.

Bone grafting & implants

Bone grafting is a recommended option if you plan to replace an extracted tooth with an implant. After a dental extraction, the bone naturally begins to resorb (melt away). The resulting bone loss can limit your choices for replacing the missing tooth. Grafting at the time of extraction has the highest success with regards to preserving the bone. Grafting can also be completed after extraction, although it often is more difficult to achieve the desired results. After placement of a graft, we allow 3-6 months of healing. During this time, the grafted bone fuses with your existing bone to create an optimal foundation for an implant. Grafting is performed with either your own bone, a sterilized bone from another person/animal, or bone substitutes.

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