Tooth loss is a common issue that many people deal with at some point in their lives, but there are solutions available. One answer is to have an implant overdenture put in place to replace your missing or damaged teeth. If you’re considering this option for your own dental concerns, you may be wondering how long such an implant will provide you with results. Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS provides the answer to this question and others below.
How Long Will an Implant Overdenture Last? Ask Dr Wendy Willoughby, DDS
Timeframe For Your Implant
One reason that so many patients choose implant-type dentures for their dental needs is the long-lasting, effective results that this type of prosthetic can give you. Once implant dentures are put into place, they are often the last set of dentures that a patient ever needs again. That lets you rest easy knowing that your dental concerns have been treated with a long term treatment that will get lasting results.
In most cases, overdenture implants will last from anywhere between ten and twenty years. Maintaining the prosthetic through proper use and care can help to get the most of its lifespan. Good nutrition as advised by a professional can also help to get more years out of a dental prosthetic. Our professionals can provide you with specific guidelines for how to get the most out of the dentures we provide for you.
Benefits of Using Overdentures
The stability that comes from the implant used to anchor overdentures is one of the main benefits that patients love about this dental solution. Because they are held more firmly in place than the dental adhesive used in other dentures can manage, patients get better use out of an implant prosthetic. They provide an experience that is virtually the same as using your real teeth.
Along with the added stability, the way that implant dentures closely adhere to your gums give them a natural appearance that looks great. They’re virtually impossible to tell apart from your natural teeth. They also last longer than traditional denture options tend to. That longevity makes solving your dental concerns simple and convenient, and also saves you money in the long run since you won’t be replacing these dentures as often as traditional ones.
Other Dental Solution Options
While overdentures supported by implants are a strong choice for anybody dealing with tooth loss or other dental issues, there are other options out there. Here are some of the other types of dentures that patients have to choose from.
In certain cases, it may be necessary to completely replace both your top and bottom rows of teeth. While a dental implant may be suitable for this situation, you may also use traditional complete dentures to solve your issue. These dentures are typically placed within 8 to 12 weeks of the patient’s teeth being removed or extracted.
Traditional dentures use dental adhesive to stay in place along your gums. This is the main difference between these dentures and implant-based dentures, which stay in place without the use of dental adhesive.
It may not always be necessary to completely replace your teeth. If some of your own natural teeth are still present and in good health but there are others that you need replaced, partial dentures provide the answer that you’re looking for.
Each set of partial dentures is custom-made to include only the teeth that need replacing. Like complete dentures, these partial dentures are held in place using dental glue. This adhesive will need to be regularly applied in order to ensure that the dentures stay in place when eating or through other daily activities.
Sometimes, dental patients may be looking for more short-term solutions like what immediate dentures can provide. Typically used following tooth removal or other dental procedures, these temporary prosthetics allow patients to be confident in their smiles, not showing any gaps that result from the treatment they underwent. These dentures are usually used to provide a temporary cover while a more permanent set of dentures is created.
If you choose to get another dental prosthetic put in, our team can provide immediate dentures to let you smile with confidence in the meantime. This lets you get faster results rather than waiting for the completed prosthetic to be put into place.
Which Dentures Are Right for Me?
Your unique dental needs, concerns, and preferences are ultimately going to determine which type of dentures are the right fit for you. While implant prosthetics are becoming more popular among patients for a variety of reasons, there are a variety of other options available to you. A consultation with our team will help assess your specific needs as a patient to develop a plan to get you the smile that you love.
If you have any issues with your teeth that are making it difficult to smile with the confidence you used to have, let our trained team help you. From implant dentures to other dental treatments, we’ll give you the assistance you need in getting back to a beautiful smile. Contact Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS at Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC today to schedule your initial consultation!