We treat a variety of patients, including patients that are interested in implant overdentures to replace missing or damaged teeth, or to give more stability to an existing set of dentures. If you are unfamiliar with this solution, it is an excellent hybrid between traditional dentures and single tooth dental implants. The solution is more durable than wearing dentures alone and can be completed in a relatively quick time frame.
What is an overdenture?
An overdenture is essentially a traditional acrylic denture that is fastened in place by attaching to implants that are placed in your bone. Traditional dentures can sometimes slip while eating, laughing, or engaging in rigorous activity, which some patients find very cumbersome or even embarrassing. Implants placed in the jawbone provide additional retention by allowing the denture to “snap” in place over the implants, making it much more difficult for the denture to slip out of place.
Implant Overdentures Traverse City
If you have existing dentures that tend to slip and you are interested in overdentures, there are a couple things to keep in mind:
First, Dr. Pfefferle would need to assess the current condition of your existing dentures. Dentures will wear over time, and often times need to be replaced at least every eight years. If your existing denture is worn down, she may recommend a new denture be made. Making a new denture may be all that is needed to have a more secure fit, however, you may still benefit from implants to keep the denture secure.
Second, if implants are needed, you would need to see an oral surgeon to assess your overall health and bone quality to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Some potential complications for implant placement would be uncontrolled diabetes, history of smoking, and not enough quality bone to house the implant. If indicated, dental implants provide a great permanent solution to provide denture stability.
Taking care of them is easy as well. Simply brushing around the dental implants and thoroughly cleaning your denture with a toothbrush daily will help keep plaque and bacteria at bay. Your new teeth will also be durable so you can continue to eat your favorite foods, making this solution ideal for those that want the convenience of a full set of teeth.
Do you live in Traverse City, MI and have questions about Implant Overdentures? Give us a call at (231) 935-194
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