Implant Supported Overdenture
An Implant Supported Overdenture is a contemporary restoration that has revolutionized the way surgeons and dentists think of replacing a full set of teeth. Standard dentures are unsecured prostheses with inherent limitations. Most often, dentures are painful, inconvenient and unstable. Such dentures can make chewing foods difficult, limiting the foods that you once enjoyed. Modern dentistry can help with implant supported dentures. The Implant Supported Overdenture treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by dental implants. Fewer implants are needed and overall treatment time and cost is reduced. An Implant Supported Overdenture solution also ensures greater stability in the bone, reducing the need for bone graft surgery to increase bone volume. Implant-supported overdentures stay connected with bar and clip attachment methods or use a variety of abutment-based attachments (ball, magnets, and resilient stud attachments such as Locators). The most appropriate attachment system for your individual needs relates to a variety of factors that is determined early in the treatment. Typically, a temporary set of teeth can be placed on the same day of surgery. The temporary teeth allow you to lead a normal life immediately after surgery. After a short healing period, your dentist will place the final bridge. Your quality of life is improved, and you can start enjoying your favorite foods again with renewed confidence.
Implant Supported Overdentures offer many advantages:
- A cost effective solution. When compared to some other implant supported restoration methods, your new replacement teeth require fewer implants for each jaw. With fewer implants required, the cost is lowered.
- Reduced need for bone grafting. The special angled placement of two of the implants ensures a secure and stable anchorage for the replaced arch, often making bone grafting unnecessary.
- Faster treatment and healing time. Your replacement arch can be attached to your implants immediately after insertion.
Scientifically proven and documented. Implant Supported Overdentures have had good clinical outcomes from decade long studies with favorable results.
Implant Supported Overdenture vs. Conventional Dentures
Dentures, which are removable false teeth, have long provided a solution for the problem of missing teeth; however, they are still not an ideal solution and often present challenges of their own. Dentures may be held in place with the use of a fixative, such as an adhesive paste or wafers. Applying these is generally not a pleasant experience and their bond is not always secure. Dentures often slip and move around, causing discomfort and embarrassment while eating and speaking. Denture slippage and discomfort can be particularly pronounced on the lower teeth, where dentures tend to move around frequently and can lead to gum irritation and sores. Furthermore, dentures require a great deal of maintenance as they must be regularly removed for cleaning and will require eventual replacement.
Dental Implants Provide a Better Solution
Dental implants are non-removable and offer a far superior alternative to dentures. They are the modern-day solution to missing teeth. Unlike dentures which provide a façade of teeth, dental implants provide an actual replacement to natural missing teeth. They are secured in the gum or jaw where they serve as an anchor for a dental crown, and this method of placement makes them very strong. Implants will not slip or move, thus eliminating the embarrassment and discomfort associated with dentures. Furthermore, they provide the most permanent solution for tooth loss, often lasting a lifetime. Dental implants require far less maintenance than other tooth replacement systems as they do not require special cleaning or removal. They look and function just like natural teeth and you care for them as you would your natural teeth.
Another very important advantage to dental implants is that they better preserve the bone. Because they are anchored into the jaw and integrate with the jawbone, they replace some of the missing tooth root. This helps to prevent the gums and bone from deteriorating which can cause recession of the jawbone and facial collapse. Simply put, implants are an ideal alternative to dentures, providing a solution that is as close as possible to your natural teeth.
If you have considered dentures, you may be wondering about dental implant cost vs. the cost of dentures. It is true that dentures provide a more affordable, low-cost solution, as implants are more costly. For this reason, many individuals seeking a solution to missing teeth automatically look to dentures as their first and only solution but this could be a mistake. When you consider the additional cost of fixatives, cleaning solutions and denture replacement, as well as the disadvantages of slippage, discomfort and even pain, it is clear that dental implants are the better solution and well worth the additional cost. Implants are durable, comfortable and able to last a lifetime.
For individuals who are still concerned about the price of dental implants, there is another option. Denture implants allow a set of dentures to be attached to the implants. For many individuals, this can provide the best of both options at a more affordable price. While the dentures are still removable, the implant posts hold them firmly and securely in place.
If you are looking for an answer to tooth loss and have been considering dentures, take a closer look at dental implants. They offer superior cosmetic enhancement and a more natural and long-lasting solution that will allow you to eat and talk with confidence and ease.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
- Secure bond means no slipping or moving around
- Low maintenance
- Long-lasting often permanent solution
- Look and function like natural teeth
- Preserve the bone
- Help to prevent gum and bone deterioration, jawbone recession and facial collapse
Conventional Denture Pros
Conventional Denture Cons
- Insecure bond causes slippage and movement
- Problems with speaking
- Problems with eating
- Discomfort, irritation and sores
- Regular cleaning required
- Eventual replacement required
- Do not preserve the bone and can further jawbone recession and facial collapse