Overdentures Supported by Dental Implants

Overdentures Pearl City, HI

Curious about overdentures? This review discusses what overdentures are and how long you can expect them to last. If you are having issues with your dentures or have yet to start the tooth replacement process and have concerns with the strength and reliability of traditional removable dentures, then overdentures that are supported by dental implants may be right for you.

What are overdentures?

Overdentures are replacement teeth that are placed over and are supported by natural teeth, replacement teeth, or dental implants. This can be in the form of a partial denture or a complete denture, and they are typically a removable type of prosthesis. However, they offer superior strength compared to traditional removable dentures.

How are overdentures different from traditional dentures?

Both overdentures and traditional dentures are used to replace multiple teeth after they are severely damaged or lost. The prosthesis (replacement teeth) for each look similar as well, and they are indistinguishable from natural teeth. However, the similarities largely stop there.

The primary difference between overdentures and traditional dentures is how they are supported. Traditional dentures are supported by an acrylic base that rests upon the gums. They are removable and must be soaked at night to prevent them from becoming dry. Overdentures, on the other hand, are typically supported by dental implants, although an attachment to healthy natural teeth or permanently fixed replacement teeth may be an option, as well.

What are the benefits of overdentures?

Many patients choose overdentures rather than traditional dentures due to the advantages they offer. The primary benefits of overdentures include:

  • More secure hold for replacement teeth
  • The ability to reliably chew tougher foods
  • The preservation of density inside of the jawbone
  • An easier oral care routine
  • Improved appearance

Every person that is considering tooth replacement should consider how overdentures can benefit them by discussing their options with a dentist that offers dentures.

What are the potential drawbacks of overdentures?

Overdentures that are supported by dental implants require a longer and more invasive process. The placement of dental implants is considered a form of oral surgery, so patients should be willing and able to go through more extensive treatment. The treatment time for overdentures is typically more than six months, and the cost is initially higher than that of traditional dentures, as well.

What is the treatment process for overdentures supported by dental implants?

Patients can begin the treatment process by visiting a dental team that offers dental implant restoration. During the first visit, the patient and the dentist can put together a treatment plan. This may include a bone graft procedure if there has been a bone loss in the jaw. Once there is enough healthy bone inside of the jaw, then the dental implants are placed. It takes several months for the implants to fuse with the jawbone. Once this takes place, then a follow-up visit is scheduled to have the overdentures permanently attached to the dental implants.

How long do overdentures last?

The good news is that dental implants can remain in good condition for more than 20 years, and they can help you get the most out of your dentures as well by minimizing the risk of damage or an altered fit that requires an adjustment or replacement. Routine visits to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning are also strongly advised when caring for overdentures. The dentist may provide instructions for caring for them long-term. Although, in general, patients can maintain the condition of their implant-supported overdentures the same as natural teeth, which includes brushing regularly.

When are overdentures recommended?

Implant-supported overdentures are recommended by dental professionals for patients that are missing a section or an entire row of teeth and want a secure and permanent hold for their replacement teeth. They typically cost more on average than alternative tooth-replacement options, particularly removable dentures, so the patient’s budget and dental insurance coverage may be factors in the decision process. The best way to determine if overdentures that are supported by dental implants or traditional removable dentures are most appropriate for your tooth replacement needs is to visit a dentist for a consultation.

Ready to schedule your appointment?

Contact our dental office today if you would like to discuss the possibility of overdentures with an experienced dental team. We personalize every treatment plan for our patients to ensure they get the services they need in order to achieve their oral health goals.

Request an appointment here: https://pearlcity.diamondheaddentalcare.com or call Diamond Head Dental Care at (808) 214-9287 for an appointment in our Pearl City office.

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