What is an Implant-Supported Overdenture?
An implant supported overdenture is a denture that has been modified by adding attachments into the tissue side of it. These attachments are snapped on and off the implant, which allows the denture to be removed for cleaning or repair but prevents it from moving around in your mouth.
Why an Implant-Supported Overdenture?
- The option of leaving the roof of the mouth uncovered
- Increased stability and greatly improved ability to chew food
- Greater confidence and self-esteem when in public
- Eliminates the need for creams and adhesives
- Can relieve sores and/or tissue irritation
What is the process for receiving an Implant-Supported Overdenture?
- The current denture is evaluated for fit and overall condition of the prosthesis.
- A panoramic X-ray is taken to determine the ideal location for placement of the dental implants in the jaw bone.
- Two or more implants are placed in the jaw bone in a simple surgical procedure with anesthesia if necessary.
- After a healing period, the denture is seated into proper position and the locator attachments are processed into the acrylic. The amount of retention can also be adjusted at this time.
What are Dental Implants?
An implant is an artificial tooth root replacement that is used to support single teeth or multiple teeth restorations to improve the function and quality of life for the recipient.
Dental implants consist of a titanium screw that has a surface enhancement proven to increase the success rate of the implant attaching to the jaw bone.
- Dental implants can be traced back to Mayan civilization dating from about 600AD.
- In 2007 approximately 1.6 million implants were placed in North America.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants are now considered the standard of care for single or multiple tooth replacement. Without natural teeth or implants, the bone shrinks and migrates to other areas of the body. Without bone height and volume, the upper and lower denture have little structure to prevent movement and discomfort over time.
- Today’s dental implants have a proven and well-documented track record for more than 40 years.
- Dental implants have a relative ten-year success rate of between 92 and 95%.