The Advantages of Dental Implant Overdentures

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Dental implant overdentures, as the name signifies, are dentures that are supported by dental implants.  They are more advanced than conventional dentures in that the wearer benefits from firmly fixed false teeth that are not only sturdy, but also have the feel of natural teeth. Implant supported dentures are more popular than conventional dentures or bridges used to replace missing teeth because they are much more stable.  Special attachments on these dentures snap on to attachments provided on the dental implants, ensuring better retention.

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The Process of Inserting Denture Implants

Implant retained dentures are a great alternative for individuals who cannot use conventional dentures. Following tooth loss, the bone that provided support for the teeth can reduce and this might further lead to the receding of the jaw. Here, conventional dentures cannot be used. However, denture implants can be safely and effectively used in such instances. The implants integrate into your bone structure, keeping gum recession and bone loss at bay.

Dental implant dentures can be provided for the lower as well as the upper jaw. Two to four implants are used to fix implant dentures in the lower jaw. For the upper jaw, your dentist will provide a horseshoe shaped overdenture, without the plastic covering the roof of the mouth. Four to six implants are placed in the upper jaw, and these are spread out in order to ensure better retention of the dentures. Since the bone density in the upper jaw is less, more implants are required to hold upper jaw overdentures firmly in place.

Advantages of Denture Implants

Implant retained dentures offer many advantages over conventional dentures:

  • Individuals wearing these dentures will not feel they are using dentures at all.
  • These are more securely fixed than regular dentures.
  • These also have cosmetic advantages. The facial lines that are found around the mouth area of older patients would decrease due to the implants providing extra support to the lips.
  • Implant overdentures prevent bone tissue loss in the jaw that often accompanies teeth loss.
  • Conventional dentures that don’t fit properly can be rather uncomfortable for the wearer, whereas implant overdentures are very comfortable.
  • These do not need the adhesives required to hold conventional dentures in position.
  • Implant overdentures also improve chewing capability.

Implant supported dentures are firmer than traditional dentures. There is no risk of the denture becoming loose or falling out of your mouth.  They are ideal for individuals who don’t wish to have many individual implanted teeth but would rather go for sturdier dentures. If you plan to use implant overdentures, get in touch with your regular dentist to find out if the treatment is appropriate for you. Your dentist can give you a clearer picture regarding this treatment, and remove any concerns you may have.

Long-lasting if Good Oral Hygiene Is Maintained

Some dental implant dentures could last for 20 years or even a lifetime. Factors such as smoking and general health and oral hygiene conditions could have an impact on the durability of dental implant dentures.

Dental implant overdentures are suitable for most individuals and are the perfect cosmetic option to replace lost teeth. With implant overdentures you can feel more confident when talking or eating food.


Mark has contributed posts to number of medical and dental blogs and has been writing in the field of dental implants for http://www.dentalcareplus.org.uk/ for over three years. He hopes that his articles can help readers understand the complicated and technical subject of dental implantology.

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Nancy Batiste
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We should maintain a good oral hygiene to avoid oral problems.

Thomas
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To clean conventional dentures we need to remove it from our mouth. But implant overdentures can be cleaned easily. We need not to remove anything from our mouth. We can clean it the same way as we clean our natural teeth. You have nicely described the other advantages of implant overdentures in your post. Nice post. Keep it up.

Melanie Pugh
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These are a good option for if you need your teeth replaced, however, the focus should really be on preventing yourself from needing to make use of options like this. If you are using the right prevention methods you can save yourself quite a bit of time money and pain. No one like surgery so why would you risk it.

Joey Walden
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My grandpa would most likely want to get these kind of dentures. For him, he doesn’t like how they can slip out sometimes. He would take the procedure over having to deal with loose dentures. I will let him know about this option.

Audrey Blakeney
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Ever since I was little, I didn’t want to have dentures when I got older, even if I needed them. However, I think these implant overdentures are a wonderful alternative, and as you’ve explained so well, they have many advantages such as comfort and stability. Should I ever need tooth replacement, I will be sure to look into something like this.

james
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Every parent should impose to their children to keep a healthy oral hygiene. It’s not only to achieve a beautiful smile, but also to keep a healthy body as a whole. Low oral hygiene could lead to different health problems that we might not be aware with.

bryan flake
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Normally when I have seen this type of denture, it is for a single tooth at a time. It is really cool to see that an entire row of teeth can be held in by as few as four screws. It is really cool how dental technology has changed in the last thirty years.

Andre Beluchi
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Would a cosmetic dentistry do the work for repairing dentures? If so, then it would be something for me to probably share to my uncle. The main reason is because he recently chipped part of his bottom denture and can hardly put them on now.

Andre Beluchi
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Having had his implant overdentures put in, my uncle told me that it took him some time to get used to them. The denturist recently put the dentures on his teeth about two weeks ago. The set that he got were actually customized quite differently than the rest of the other patients that he had.

Claudia Salia
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Now I know that dental implants can only bring benefits to patients who really need. Even more that can last 20 years in the mouth, just brings even more advantages.

Theresa Noel
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Very pro denture implants. In a perfect world, there would be perfect oral hygiene. I would hope that patients having this procedure, would look after their teeth as if they were their most important investments.

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