Traditional dentures are perhaps the most popular way to replace a full arch of missing teeth. However, they come with some disadvantages, such as a measure of instability. At Four Town Dental, we offer a more secure solution: implant-retained overdentures. This type of restoration combines the beauty and removability of a traditional denture with the security and oral health benefits of dental implants. Implant overdentures are ideal for many patients who have suffered extensive tooth loss.
There are a few different types of implant-retained overdentures, but they all have the same basic structure. At a glance, the overdenture looks like a traditional denture; it has a gum-colored base and a full arch of artificial teeth. However, when you look at the bottom side of the overdenture, you will find that it has small metal attachments there. The attachments allow the overdenture to “snap” onto and off of dental implants that have been placed throughout the jawbone at strategic locations. Thus, an implant-retained overdenture is much more secure than its traditional counterpart.
Many people who have lost all or most of their teeth throughout a dental arch are candidates for implant-retained overdentures. This may be true of you if:
If you suspect your oral health is not good enough to support dental implants, do not let that hold you back from visiting us for a consultation. We may be able to provide treatments that allow you to become a dental implant candidate in the future.
If you have any remaining natural teeth in the portion of your mouth that is going to receive the overdenture, these must be extracted. Then, you will undergo a minimally invasive surgery, wherein a number of dental implants will be placed at throughout the jawbone. The number of implants necessary depends on your bone structure and whether you are replacing your upper or lower teeth. Over a period of a few months, the bone will bond with the implants. Then, attachments will be placed on top of the implants, which will serve as connectors for your prosthetic teeth. In some cases, it is possible to retrofit a patient’s traditional denture to work with dental implants. Most of the time, however, it is necessary to create an entirely new restoration.
You can expect your implant-retained overdentures to provide you with some significant benefits:
Would you like to learn more about implant-retained overdentures? Contact Four Town Dental today.