An implant-supported denture, or overdenture, is a combination of denture anchored onto dental implants. By adding just a few implants, your denture will lock into place, making them much more comfortable and functional.
If you have no more teeth left in your mouth then you might think that wearing a full denture, or complete denture, is your only treatment option. However, many denture wearers are unhappy with their dentures and constantly struggle with them. If you’re one of those unhappy denture wearers, then you’ve probably been researching dental implants. Implant-supported dentures might just be the solution for you.
Implant-supported dentures offer many advantages over traditional full dentures. One obvious advantage of overdentures is their increased security and stability.
Implant-supported dentures are much more stable than traditional dentures, meaning you can talk, eat and laugh with more confidence. No longer do you have to worry about your teeth flying out! Since more stable dentures are more comfortable to wear, they also lead to less gum irritation and canker sores in the oral cavity. Better speech and improved chewing are another advantage of overdentures. Plus, you won’t need to use denture adhesives any longer.
The most important benefit of implant-supported dentures, yet the most overlooked one, is the fact that implants help protect your jawbone. Full dentures destroy your jawbone over the years and cause them to resorb at an accelerated rate. Wearing dentures attached to dental implants helps reduce the pressure exerted onto your jawbone by transferring part of the stress to your implants. This helps preserve your jawbone and facial muscles over time, keeping you looking younger and healthier.
There are three basic options for implant-supported dentures: two implants, four implants, four implants with a metal bar. Each option offers a varying degree of support and costs correlate with the number of implants. The best option for you depends on your jaw size, arch shape, bone quality, bite force, opposing teeth and other factors. If you’re interested in learning more about overdentures, request a complimentary implant consultation with Dr. Jazayeri. We will take a CT scan to access your bone and present all viable options, costs and pros & cons of treatment to help you decide which treatment which is ideal for you.