Overdentures: Removable Full-Arch Replacement
Overdentures, also known as implant-supported dentures or implant-retained dentures, are a type of dental prosthesis that combines dental implants with a removable denture to replace missing teeth.
In an overdenture, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as anchors for the denture. The denture is then securely attached to the implants using various attachment mechanisms, such as locator attachments, ball attachments, or bar attachments. The denture can be easily removed for cleaning and maintenance, but it is securely held in place by the implants during normal use.
One of the main advantages of overdentures is that they provide increased stability and retention compared to traditional dentures. The dental implants act as anchors, preventing the denture from slipping or moving during eating or speaking, which can be a common issue with traditional dentures. This can greatly improve the comfort and confidence of the denture wearer, allowing for more natural speech and better ability to eat a wider variety of foods.
Overdentures also offer other benefits, such as improved bone preservation. The dental implants stimulate the jawbone, helping to maintain its density and prevent bone loss, which can occur with traditional dentures. This can help preserve the facial structure and prevent the sunken appearance that can sometimes occur with long-term denture use.
Implant Supported Dentures
Overdentures are a stable, modern version of traditional dentures. Whilst conventional dentures rest solely on the gum tissue and the underlying jawbone, overdentures are supported by dental implants. Meaning they are much more stable and secure even though they can be removed for easy cleaning.
These implants are typically placed at the front of the jawline where there is the most bone, and fewest nerves. There can be anywhere from two to ten implants depending on your bone structure to support the denture. With a ball-retained denture, the implants each have an attachment which allows the denture to ‘snap’ into place on your implants.
The cheapest option for securing, stabilising and strengthening your dentures, a perfect way to regain quality of life. Contact us to obtain free information about how this treatment can benefit you.