Implant Supported OverdenturesAn implant supported overdenture is a contemporary restoration that has revolutionized the way Surgeons and Dentists approach replacing a full set of teeth. Standard dentures are unsecured prostheses with inherent limitations. These conventional dentures are often unstable, inconvenient and a source of discomfort. Such dentures can make chewing food difficult, limiting the foods that can be enjoyed. Modern dentistry can help address these experiences with implant supported overdentures.
Implant supported overdenture treatment replaces missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by dental implants. Fewer implants are needed and overall treatment time and cost is reduced. An implant supported overdenture (by providing denture stability not possible with conventional dentures) thereby also ensures greater stability of the bone, reducing the need for bone graft surgery to increase bone volume. Implant supported overdentures are connected to the implants with bar and clip attachment methods or use a variety of abutment-based attachments (such as ball attachments, magnets, and resilient stud attachments). The most appropriate attachment system is determined by a variety of factors that are evaluated in the early stages of treatment. Typically, a temporary set of teeth can be placed the same day of surgery. The final prosthesis is placed by your Dentist or Denturist following a short healing period post-surgery. One’s quality of life is noticeably improved, and favourite foods may be enjoyed again with renewed confidence.
Implant Supported Overdentures offer many advantages
- They are a cost effective solution. When compared to other implant supported restoration methods, this option for teeth replacement requires fewer implants for each jaw. With fewer implants required, the cost is correspondingly lower.
- There is a reduced need for bone grafting. The special angled placement of two of the implants ensures a secure and stable anchorage for the replaced arch, often making bone grafting unnecessary.
- Treatment time and healing time are reduced. Replacement teeth can be attached to the implants immediately after surgery.
- Treatment is scientifically proven and documented. Implant supported overdentures have had good clinical outcomes from decade long studies demonstrating favourable results.