Implant Supported Overdenture
An implant supported overdenture is a contemporary restoration that has revolutionized the way dentists think of replacing teeth. Standard dentures are unsecured prostheses with inherent limitations. Dentures can be uncomfortable and unstable. Such dentures can make chewing foods difficult, limiting the foods that you once enjoyed. Modern dentistry can help with implant overdentures. The implants also support the bone around them, reducing shrinkage over time. Implant-supported overdentures stay connected with bar and clip attachment methods or use a variety of abutment-based 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 denture and connect it to the implants. Your quality of life is improved, and you can start enjoying your favorite foods again with renewed confidence. This approach can also be extremely beneficial with partial dentures as well.
Implant supported overdentures offer you many advantages:
- A cost effective solution. When compared to some other implant supported restorations, your new replacement teeth require fewer implants per jaw. With fewer implants required, the cost is lowered.
- Reduced need for bone grafting. The placement of two or more implants ensures a secure and stable anchorage for the complete denture, often making bone grafting unnecessary.
- Faster treatment and healing time. Your replacement teeth can be attached to your implants immediately after healing.
Implant ovedentures have had fantastic clinical outcomes from decade long studies with favorable results. Ask your prosthodontist about implants used to support dentures.