What is an Overdenture?
Overdentures, which are often referred to as implant-supported dentures, are ideal for patients who have implants. These dentures are still completely removable, but they are smaller in size and often more comfortable for patients. Because the denture is supported by implants, there is less chance of it slipping and falling out of place like traditional dentures. These dentures can last for about seven to 10 years before needing to be replaced.
Why would Overdentures be needed?
Overdentures may be needed if you require dentures but are having a hard time with the fit and feel of traditional prosthetic appliances. The procedure first begins by placing several implants into the jaw bone. Over time, these implants fuse with the bone and become an integral part of your smile. A new denture is made specifically for the implants and can snap onto them easily.
Who is a candidate for Overdentures?
If you have solid, healthy bone structure and are looking for a way to have a more natural-looking denture, overdentures are probably the best choice for you. Dr. Bloom will first examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you are a qualifying candidate for dental implants. Special x-rays may be needed to help further identify bone structure and if a bone grafting is needed. Most people who want an overdenture can safely have the procedure done in our office.
What happens during the Overdenture procedure?
The first step for an overdenture is to place the implants. This is done during oral surgery, where a small incision is made through the gums in several areas. The titanium implants are then placed deep into the jaw bone. Once the implants are given time to heal, impressions are taken to make the new denture. The denture is then affixed over the healed implants and you’ll be instructed on how to remove and replace the appliance. These overdentures are smaller in size and less likely to cut into delicate gum tissue when compared to larger, traditional dentures.
If you are interested in overdentures and want to learn more, call us today to talk to one of our staff members about scheduling an appointment in our office with minimal wait times.