If you’re losing all of your teeth, it can be distressing. Fortunately, there are solutions to get you back on track to feeling yourself again. Implant overdentures are a great solution. Often, when people hear the term denture they cringe, picturing elderly people with collapsed looking faces. That happens when people wear removable dentures for many years. Implant overdentures are different.
How Do Implant Overdentures Work?
Implant overdentures take a full denture and attach it to a minimum of two dental implants. The picture on the left shows just such an overdenture. This one also has a bar connecting the two implants, to increase the stability.
Obviously, the more implants you have placed the better. Ideally, you’d have four to six implants with your overdenture. But, if that’s out of your budget, you can have as few as two.
Why Implant Overdentures?
No matter how perfectly fitting your dentures are, you will lose 50% of your chewing capacity. Adding implants to your dentures, dramatically improves your comfort and ability to eat.
Also, when your teeth are removed, your body signals that you no longer have tooth roots. Your brain interprets this and, wanting to use your body’s resources efficiently, begins reabsorbing the minerals from your jawbone to use elsewhere throughout your body. This means your jaw will begin shrinking. Eventually, you won’t have enough bone structure left to retain your dentures. Implant overdentures prevent this. When the implants are placed, it signals to your body that a root form is there and bone is needed for support.
If you need to replace your teeth and are looking for options, we offer a complimentary consultation. We’ll discuss all the procedures along with their pros and cons. The final choice is yours with no pressure from us. You may call our office to schedule an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.