Overdentures are simply dentures that fit over your existing teeth, prosthetic teeth, dental implants, or roots of your natural teeth, the overdentures attach to plants instead of resting on your gums.
Implant-supported overdentures are ideal for individual who don’t have teeth in their jawbone or only have a few prosthetic or natural teeth yet still have sufficient jawbone to support implants. These overdentures may be suitable for individuals who have experienced problems with stability of dentures on the lower jaw. You may even remain eligibility for implant-supported overdentures if you require bone grafting for the strengthening of certain areas of the jawbone where implantation would occur.
These dentures offer greater stability and additional comfort for individuals who require dentures and still have natural teeth or roots remaining. The implant process is relatively fast and tends to take less than 12 months, consisting of two small surgeries. The overdentures are more durable and are easy to take care of, reducing the overall denture-related frustration and stress, improving speech, strengthening bite, and improving the individual’s overall quality of life.
It is relatively easy to care for implant-supported overdentures, and it doesn’t take a lot of maintenance, although the attachments do generally need to be replaced once or twice annually. Most of the time, using a soft brush for regular brushing to keep them clean will do the trick, but they will need to be removed at night.
At Fountain of Youth Dental in San Antonio, TX, we strive to work with individuals who have a variety of dental needs and challenges. If would like to learn more about implant-supported overdentures, contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn what you can do to improve your bite, smile, and overall dental health.