An “overdenture“ is a full or partial denture that is modified to attach to dental implants. In this procedure, patients with sufficient bone density have a denture made or adjusted for fit. Two or more implants are placed and allowed to heal. After the implants have healed, the denture will clip onto the implants.
Rather than the denture using pressure on the gums to stay in place, the implants bear the pressure of the dentures, so there is no need to use adhesives. Implant overdentures help reduce and even prevent bone loss in the jaw that results from missing teeth, and our patients report that the fit and feel of full or partial dentures is far more natural and comfortable when fixed to dental implants.
Over time, patients can choose to have more dental implants placed and replace their denture with a set of fixed bridges.
Fixed Implant Bridges
Fixed implant bridges are an outstanding dental treatment option for individuals missing all or many teeth. When replacing an over-denture, six or more implants are typically placed in the upper and lower jaw. After healing, each implant will serve as an anchor for a dental bridge, just like a natural tooth would. A crown, or abutment, is placed over each dental implant, and a pontic, or fabricated tooth, is connected in between the crowns.
Unlike a denture, which is typically made of gum and tooth-colored acrylic and plastic, bridges and the crowns over the implants are made from porcelain fused to metal, and modeled to look as close as possible to your original teeth. The look and feel of the porcelain is so realistic that most patients (and just about everyone else) can’t tell the difference between their new smile and their original.
People who have overdentures or fixed dental implant bridges still need to visit the dentist for regular checkups and to monitor the density the jaw, and to ensure the dental implants remain strong.