An Overdenture and also known as Implant-Supported Dentures is a removable dental prosthesis that covers and rests on dental implants. This approach is a highly practical preventive dentistry measure.
If you are considering replacing your conventional dentures with an over-implant denture, or looking for ways to enhance the fit and function of your existing dentures, you might be curious about Implant-Supported Overdentures as an alternative. This type of denture has helped enhance oral health for individuals who were unhappy with traditional dentures or found them uncomfortable to wear. By delving into the mechanics of Implant-Supported Dentures, the procedure process, and the potential advantages, you can determine whether this option is suitable for you.
They are often regarded as an optimal remedy for significant tooth loss. Following the surgical insertion of dental implants into the jawbone, they fuse with the bone, forming a durable and robust foundation. The restorations, affixed to these sturdy titanium roots, provide a remarkably natural-feeling set of teeth.
Implant-Supported Dentures offer a fixed and secure alternative for replacing a complete set or entire row of teeth. The advantages of this type of denture include:
Dr. Dominguez can often perform both your implant placement surgery and new teeth fitting on the same day, depending on your case. The initial step is an examination that includes imaging using our 3D Computerized Topography (CT) scan. This advanced technology enables Dr. Dominguez to view the internal structure of your jaw, evaluate bone density, and devise a strategy for implant placement.
Patients who are candidates for dental implants must possess a certain level of bone density to ensure the dentures remain firmly in place. If necessary, patients can undergo bone grafting to increase jawbone volume. For patients requiring only a lower denture, bone density is often not as critical. Typically, two or three implants are placed towards the front, where the bone is naturally more robust, to secure the lower teeth.
For the majority of patients, Dr. Dominguez offers bar-retained dentures. These dentures are secured with strong clips to a thin metal bar that conforms to the contour of the jaw. An alternative choice is ball-retained dentures, which feature ball-shaped implant attachments that snap into corresponding sockets on the appliance.
The possibility of receiving your new teeth on the same day of surgery depends on the number and placement of the implants. If immediate placement is not feasible, Dr. Dominguez can provide temporary teeth while your gums heal, which typically takes several months. Alternatively, he can modify your current dentures to attach to the implants in certain cases.
Your newly attached dentures are designed to be permanently fixed in place and can only be removed by your dentist. To ensure they remain in optimal condition, regular brushing and professional cleanings are necessary. With proper maintenance, your implant-supported dentures can last for decades, or even a lifetime.
At Denta Care, Dr. Ivette Dominguez Crespo is an experienced dentist who has placed numerous Overdentures. If you have any questions about the process or you would like to know if you are a good Overdenture candidate, please call us at (832) 810-8485 to schedule a convenient appointment or click on the below button schedule it online.