Dentures aren’t always comfortable because sometimes it’s difficult for them to fit snugly. An implant overdenture can provide the solution to this problem, and Dr. Wendy Willoughby of Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC has the information you need on this technique.
What Is an Implant Overdenture?
Overdentures use the technology of dental implants to transform the mouth of those with missing teeth. Everyone understands that dentures are removable artificial teeth that are designed to replace all of the teeth within a dental arch. The dental arches are the upper rows and bottom rows that hold your teeth in place.
Typically, these dentures are held in place because they have been based upon the size and shape of the jawbone. Often, creams and gels are used to help keep them from moving out of line.
The Jaw Transforms Over Time
The size of the jawbone shrinks and changes over time. As a result, it’s almost impossible, or difficult at best, for dentures to rest comfortably while still being secure. When faced with this issue, dentists needed another solution. That is the overdenture.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Before continuing with the benefit of an implant overdenture, it’s important to fully explain what a dental implant is. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is used to replace the root of a tooth. It is surgically placed into the jawbone where the natural bone fuses onto it in a process called osseointegration. These implants are then used as “anchors” and will hold artificial teeth in place.
Every year, millions of Americans benefit from the use of dental implants. Implants are great for those who have several missing teeth and have bone structure and a healthy jaw that can support the implant. These type of overdentures with implants are also great for those with dental conditions such as:
- More than six missing teeth
- A cleft palate
- Abnormal bone development
The Implant’s Role in the Overdentures
Many with dentures have a lot of trouble trying to get a secure fit. In some cases, dentists have discovered that the key to a better fit is to attach the dentures to the remaining teeth in their mouth, creating an overdenture.
However, for many Americans who need dentures, there aren’t any healthy teeth left to anchor the denture to, and as a result they need implants. These implants secure the denture in place. The result is a more comfortable, stable fit.
What Are the Benefits of Overdentures?
They Can Reduce Jawbone Shrinkage
The jawbone changes throughout the years, but having an overdenture with an implant can dramatically reduce the amount of jawbone shrinkage.
The Can Redirect the Forces of the Mouth
Your teeth exert a surprising amount of pressure when chewing. The overdentures with implants can help refocus and redirect those forces. That, in turn, helps dentures remain stable.
They Do Not Need Refitting
Because the jawbone changes size, dentures may need to have periodic refitting. That’s not the case when implants are used with overdentures.
They Are Stable
Typically, overdentures with implants are more stable, and they do not tend to fall out like traditional dentures.
They Prevent Bone Loss
Because the jawbone is supported by the implants, the shape of your face won’t change. With conventional dentures, the jawbone is not supported as well, and that’s why there is such a change when they are removed: it transforms the shape of the face. That is not the case with implant overdentures.
They Do Not “Clack”
Traditional dentures may make a loud clacking noise, particularly if chewing. With the overdenture that utilizes implants, there is no annoying clack.
They Do Not Fall Out
Imagine the freedom to chew without worrying about dentures falling out! Because the implants are anchored as a part of your jaw, this is not an issue with overdentures. This means you don’t have to avoid certain foods like you would with regular dentures. In so many ways, the overdentures are like your real teeth.
They Last Longer Than Traditional Dentures
Titanium is a strong material, and if you take good care of them they should last for the rest of your life.
They Cost Less Over Time
When comparison shopping for prices, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Remember that traditional dentures, particularly if you get cheap ones, often need repairs. As the expression goes, you get what you pay for.
While overdentures with implants typically cost more than cheap dentures, they’ll last a lifetime without any extra costs due to repairs. The result is a better, long-lasting smile that is comfortable and functional.
They Are Easier to Care for Than Traditional Dentures
Forget taking out your teeth at night and leaving them on the nightstand. You can easily care for your overdentures with implants like you would care for your regular teeth.
They’re More Comfortable Than Traditional Dentures
Because they don’t need refitting or goopy gel to help hold them in place, overdentures using implants are much more comfortable: so much so that you may not even realize that you have a set of artificial teeth.
Chestnut Family Dentistry Offers Comprehensive, World-Class Services
Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS and the team at Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC offer a wide range of treatments for the entire family. From cosmetic dentistry to crowns and bridges, our practice offers the treatment you need and the stellar care you deserve. Contact Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC today to make an appointment.