Implant overdentures – sometimes called anchored or implant-retained dentures – are an innovative method of tooth replacement that offers a number of unique advantages over traditional removable dentures. Since traditional dentures are only held in place by suction or an adhesive, they can slip or slide along the gums. As a result of this movement, patients may experience discomfort, impaired speech, food limitations, and troublesome gum irritation. Implant overdentures, however, are designed to stay securely in place using dental implants for retention and stability, resolving many of the inconveniences associated with removable dentures and offering additional advantages.
Benefits of Implant Overdentures
The key to the success of implant overdentures are dental implants that are strategically placed along the gums to lock the denture in place. Made of titanium, the dental implants fuse to the jawbone and provide exceptional stability for the denture. Each denture is custom-made to fit precisely in the mouth for a secure, comfortable fit and beautiful smile.
The advantages of this method for full arch tooth replacement can include:
- A natural-looking smile
- Stronger bite
- Fewer food limitations
- Improved speech
- Enhanced comfort
- Preserved jawbone density
- Minimized wear to gums
Most patients who opt for implant overdentures experience a boost in self-esteem as they can eat, speak, and smile with renewed confidence.
Candidates for Implant Overdentures
While many patients choose implant overdentures to replace an entire set of missing teeth, others may choose to upgrade from traditional dentures to implant overdentures in order to avoid many of the frustrations traditional dentures can entail. In some cases where patients find they have insufficient jawbone volume to support an entire arch of implant supported fixed tooth restorations, implant overdentures can become a preferable alternative.
Since the dental implants that secure the overdentures in place must fuse to the jawbone, ideal candidates for implant overdentures need to have an adequate degree of jawbone density to support the titanium posts. Some patients who do not have adequate jawbone density may require a bone grafting procedure prior to receiving implant overdentures. During the consultation process, one of our prosthodontists will perform an oral exam and discuss your personal goals and expectations to determine which method of tooth replacement is best suited for your needs.
For more information about replacing missing teeth with implant overdentures, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation today.