Implant Supported Overdentures
Dental implants can be used for many different types of restorations. Using implants to retain and stabilize an existing complete denture can be a simple and cost-effective way to improve your quality of life. Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS is proud to routinely provide our patients with implant overdenture options, considered to be the 'gold standard' of denture care.
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What Are Implant Supported Overdentures?
An overdenture is a removable prosthesis that rests on and is supported by your underlying tissue and is retained by 2-4 dental implants. Different connectors can be placed on the implants to secure your denture. 'Snap' type abutments are individual attachments that can easily be added to an existing denture or incorporated into a new denture. The number of these types of abutments that you need is determined by your anatomy and bone support. For additional security and stability, a precision milled bar can be used to connect multiple implants. Various types of attachments can be milled into or added onto the bar to secure your denture.
Benefits of Overdentures
Overdentures can be designed to provide fullness and support to your lips and face that may have been lost due to bone resorption. Throughout the process of designing your new denture, we allow you to try in the teeth and evaluate and modify the lip support prior to completion.
The addition of implants to your dentures improves stability and increases your bite force. This allows for increased chewing efficiency which is essential for good digestion and overall health. With more function and force being distributed to your jaw, bone loss is slowed over time. The improved stability can help reduce tissue soreness caused by the movement of conventional dentures.
An overdenture offers excellent retention for security and confidence, but also allows you to remove the prosthesis for ease of hygiene. This makes both home care and professional cleaning appointments more manageable. For health of the underlying tissue, this type of denture must be removed on a daily basis, and will need to be removed for certain medical procedures.
Many of the overdenture attachments are designed to be replaceable. If you start to experience a reduction in retention, these components can be replaced independently, without having to remake the entire prosthesis. Because they are removable, overdentures can be repaired fairly easily should they be damaged or dropped.
Determining if Overdentures are Right for You
Your overdenture treatment will be customized to your particular needs. We will start with a comprehensive examination and radiographs to determine what options would be suitable for you. We then help coordinate your treatment with an oral surgeon, who will place the implants. Dr. Phillips will work with you to design the denture support and tooth placement and relay this information to your oral surgeon for optimum implant placement. We work as a team and will help coordinate all appointments with your surgeon.
We will discuss the variety of implant options that may be available for you so you can select the best treatment option for you and your lifestyle. We will also help you navigate through the financial aspects of your treatment options.
If you are interested in learning more about your implant overdenture options, call Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS at 336-274-5400 today. We are ready to schedule an examination and consultation appointment and get you started on your way to improved health and confidence!