Overdentures – Fixed Dentures on Implants

Implant Supported Dentures Torrance, CA

According to the American Dental Association, a denture should fit securely without adhesive. However, some patients find that a traditional denture slips and moves around. Implant-supported overdentures snap onto dental implants to create a more stable fit. Patients may not be familiar with these types of prostheses, as they are less common than regular dentures, so it is typical for patients to have questions if this solution has been recommended. For those needing to replace missing teeth, this type of denture is often a viable option. 

Common questions about overdentures

Patients may wonder if an overdenture is right for their situation, and if so, how to get the process started.

Who is a candidate for an overdenture?

For overdentures to work, the patient must have enough bone support in the jaw to hold an implant. The jawbone and gum tissue begin to shrink once teeth have been missing for a long time. Eventually, the patient may not have enough of a bony ridge left for implant placement. In this situation, a bone graft may be necessary.

If the patient's teeth have been recently extracted, there may be enough bone left for immediate implant placement. A dental X-ray can help the doctor determine if the jawbone is healthy enough to support an implant.

How long does the process take?

To create overdentures, the doctor has to first place the implants. After the implant surgery, a patient usually has to wait about six to eight months for the area to heal. This allows the implants to integrate with the jawbone, making them more stable. Once the implants are secure, the doctor takes impressions for a denture that will snap onto these restorations.
 
While waiting for the surgery sites to heal, the patient often wears a temporary denture that does not hook onto the implants. This allows ample healing time, while the patient does not have to go without teeth for months.

What are the care requirements for an overdenture?

To maintain healthy implants and gums, there are a few requirements for caring for the overdentures. The patient should remove the prostheses at night. This allows the oral tissues to be aired out. If a patient wears a denture all the time, the risk of an oral fungal infection increases.
 
Denture-wearers may believe that routine dental visits are no longer necessary if they no longer have teeth. However, a dentist should be checking the fit of overdentures periodically. The dentist should also periodically take X-rays of each implant to make sure it is securely anchored in the bone.

Conclusion

A healthy, attractive smile is something that most people want to have. For those who are missing most or all teeth, this is still possible to obtain. Restorations such as overdentures can transform a patient's whole smile. If you are considering this procedure, set up a consultation today and learn what steps can be taken to get a smile to enjoy for years.

Request an appointment here: https://smilewellsouthbay.com or call SmileWell Family Dentistry & Periodontics at (310) 904-6375 for an appointment in our Torrance office.

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