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Dental Implants and Overdentures
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into the upper or lower jaw to support a dental restoration. Over time, the implant fuses with the jawbone and acts as the tooth root. The integration provides a stable foundation on which single and multiple teeth or overdentures can sit.
How overdentures work
The implant procedure is recommended for people are missing one, multiple or all their teeth. People who have lost more than one tooth can get a complete or partial denture; this option is known as overdenture.
Overdentures are dental restorations supported by dental implants. Overdentures were created to restore normal dental functions such as eating and speaking. The mechanism of overdentures is a dental bridge supported by dental implants. The solution provides better bone stability, meaning there is little or no need for a bone graft surgery to augment the jawbone. The overdenture may use connectors, such as bar and clip attachments, or abutments, such as balls, magnets, and strong stud attachments.
During the consultation, the dentist will consider a number of factors before deciding on the most appropriate attachment system for the patient. Usually, the patient can get a temporary set of teeth on the day of implantation surgery. This will be in place until the jaw heals. After the patient heals, the dentist will put the final bridge in place.
The treatment procedure
Basically, the treatment procedure for implant-supported overdentures is like regular dentures. The only difference is the method of deciding the implant position, the modifications of the prosthesis used for the attachments and the time of placements.
If the patient already has complete dentures, the dentist will check if they can be used as temporary dentures while the jaw heals around the patient's dental implant. During the inspection of the existing denture, the dental professional will check the fitting, the contours of the anterior teeth, occlusion and closure position.
Sometimes, the existing dentures may be good enough to serve as the permanent overdenture and can, therefore, be fitted to the new implant components. In most cases, however, the patient will need a new set of complete dentures that will:
- Serve aesthetic and functional purposes
- Be used as a guide for placing the implants
- Be the temporary prosthesis during the healing process
- Serve as the template for creating new overdentures
In other situations, the existing dentures may not be useable because of bone resorption, poor fitting, bad shape or size and poor aesthetics. Such patients will need new dentures. Sometimes, the dentist will have the dentures fabricated and tested on the patient before proceeding with implant surgery.
Benefits of choosing implant-supported overdentures
Cost-effective option: In contrast to older implant-supported restorations, the new overdenture needs fewer implant posts for each jaw. Fewer implants mean a lower cost of the entire procedure.
Bone grafting is not necessary: The angled placement of the implants ensures that the overdentures are held securely in place and stable. This means a bone graft procedure is not required.
Quick treatment and recovery: The dentist can fit the dental restoration on the same day as the implantation surgery.
To learn more about dental implants and how they can be used for overdentures, contact the dentist for a consultation.
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