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Implant Overdentures

If you are you are already missing all of the teeth on one arch of your jaw or any remaining teeth that you have will need to be extracted. you need a solution that will restore your missing teeth. Implant overdentures offers an alternative to traditional overdentures that are permanent and will help to combat the bone loss that traditional dentures do nothing to stop.

Depending on your needs, your dentist may recommend an implant overdentures procedure as one of the options that are available to you. However, the decision that you ultimately make should be made with your long term lifestyle needs in mind. Here is an overview of the implant overdentures to help you decide if this is the right option for restoring your smile.

What are Implant Overdentures?

Implant overdentures are constructed by building both artificial teeth and gums that are designed to look like real teeth. This is supported by and attached to implants, unlike a regular denture which simply rests on the gums.

An implant overdentures is used when a person has sufficient bone to support dental implants but doesn’t have any teeth remaining in the jaw. Unlike other dental implant restorations, implant overdentures are removable.

How Implant Overdentures Procedure Done?

At the initial consultation, a comprehensive examination will be completed, which will include taking X-rays, reviewing your medical and dental histories and creating impressions of your teeth. The dentist may also request a CT scan of your mouth in order to see where your sinuses and nerves are and to measure the height and width of your bone.

During the first surgery, implants will be placed in your jaw bone. The incisions will then be stitched closed and at least 4 to 6 months will be given in order to allow osseointegration to take place, which is the process in which the implants should fuse with the bone.

Once the healing from the implant surgery is complete, the second surgery will take place in which healing caps, or collars, are place on the heads of the implants. These healing caps ensure that the gum is held away from the heads of the implants in order to promote proper healing of the gums.

After roughly 2 weeks of healing have been permitted after this surgery, the dentist will replace the healing caps with abutments, which will attach to the dentures. The dentist will also now take an impression of your gums along with the abutments. This impression will be used to create a model used to make the overdentures.

If the fit is good, the the teeth will be permanently secured in the framework. Once the final overdentures is completed, it will be inserted into your mouth.

What Are the Benefits of Implant Overdentures?

Implant overdentures offer many benefits over traditional dentures. These benefits include:

  • Greater stability and speech. Implant overdentures offers greater stability than traditional dentures. It will be easier to talk and you’ll never have to worry about the dentures falling out or becoming loose.
  • Enjoy eating again. When you have an implant overdentures, you’ll be able to eat some of the things that you missed out on when your teeth were missing, or things that you would not be able to eat because of the instability of a traditional dentures. Consequently, your health will improve because you will be able to eat a greater variety of foods and maintain good nutrition. However, you should continue to avoid very hard or sticky foods because they may damage the overdentures.
  • Convenience. You will no longer have to worry about dealing with the messy adhesives that come along with wearing traditional dentures.
  • Hygienic. Implant overdentures should be removed daily in order to permit cleaning of the overdentures and gum area. You should also avoid sleeping with the implant overdentures at night as well.

Implant overdentures not only have the support of dental implants, but also have the durability and aesthetics that you simply aren’t able to get from traditional dentures or bridges. That is why this option is preferred by many patients who require full arch restorations.

Who Is a Candidate for an Implant Overdentures Procedure?

This treatment is ideal for a patient that has missing or may soon lose all of their teeth on one arch. It is designed as a tooth restoration option for patients that need to have multiple teeth extracted or already have had them extracted but are otherwise in good health. If insufficient gum tissue or jawbone is present, a bone graft may be required in order to insert the implants. The bone or gum graft will be performed as a separate procedure.

Replacing missing teeth with implant overdentures will dramatically improve your phonetics, your appearance, your health, and your smile. With the extra support of an implant overdentures, you can avoid the facial aesthetic changes and bone loss that can result from missing teeth.

With today’s options for implant overdentures, you can have dentures that are more natural looking and comfortable than ever before. If you have multiple missing teeth, you should consider an implant overdentures to restore your smile. Request an initial consultation or call 225-399-4521 to discuss your options regarding dental implants.

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