Dentures are a common replacement for a full row of missing teeth. However, if you are familiar with dentures, you may know that they can slip. This is an uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing feature when you are eating, drinking, or talking. Fortunately, there is an option that attaches more securely in your mouth: implant-retained overdentures.
Traditional dentures stay in place with adhesives on your gums. Implant-retained overdentures, in contrast, snap into place on dental implants that are permanently and securely implanted in your jaw.
At the Aubrey Dentist, we offer implant-retained overdentures as an effective replacement for a full row of missing teeth. If you are interested in implant-retained dentures, here are answers to common questions.
What is the procedure for getting implant-retained overdentures?
If you are looking to replace your missing teeth with an implant-retained overdenture, it’s important to schedule a consultation. Your dentist can evaluate your mouth and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for implant-retained overdentures.
Because the dental implants must be implanted into your jaw, it’s important that you have enough bone density to support them. We might recommend that you have a bone graft procedure before receiving your implant-retained overdentures to keep the implants more secure.
Do I need surgery for implant-retained overdentures?
Yes, implant-retained overdentures require a surgical procedure to insert the dental implants into your jawbone. Depending on your dentist’s recommendation, you might need four to six implants.
During the surgical procedure, your dentist will make an incision for each implant and place it into your jaw. The surgical sites will then be sutured closed. It will take some time for your jawbone and the implant post to fuse together. Typically, this process, called osseointegration, takes several months.
Once your implants have osseointegrated with your jawbone, we can create your customized dentures and fit them into place.
What are the benefits of implant-retained overdentures?
Implant-retained dentures have many benefits. Many patients are pleased that they securely stay in place on implant posts, which reduces uncomfortable and inconvenient slipping.
Additionally, implant-retained overdentures improve your oral health. When you are missing teeth, the bones of your jaw start to lose density and deteriorate. However, dental implants help preserve your bone density and maintain the health of your jaw.
Finally, when you wear traditional dentures, you may be limited as to the number of foods you can enjoy. With implant-retained overdentures, in contrast, you have a restored biting force because of the support of your dental implants. You’ll be able to bite, chew, and enjoy more foods.
Implant-Retained Overdentures at The Aubrey Dentist
Dr. Yoo at the Aubrey Dentist provides implant-retained overdentures. He is dedicated to the most advanced technologies and treatments for his patients and provides compassionate care.
Schedule a consultation at the Aubrey Dentist to learn more about whether you are a good candidate for implant-retained overdentures and to hear how the procedure can be individualized for your oral health needs.