Implant Overdenture

Implant Overdenture

You deserve to have dentures that will look and feel just like your natural teeth and at Mouth Dental we have the experts, expertise and technology to help improve your smile with implant overdentures that are comfortable and long lasting. Our emphasis has always been and will continue to be on quality of care, which is why we invest in our dental experts and new technology, which is how we have become the leading dental and specialist referral centre in East London, with more than 50 surrounding clinics referring more complex cases to us.

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What is an Implant Overdenture?

Basically this is the process of gaining replacement teeth by dental implants. If you have a missing tooth and enough bone in the jaw to support an implant, you can benefit from an overdenture procedure. Many who have one or more remaining teeth to support a denture opt for overdenture implants because they are very stable within the mouth but also removable.

Dentures vs Implant Overdentures: What are the differences?

Dentures are artificial teeth that help replace your removed or lost natural teeth. Available as partial or full, they are custom designed to fit your mouth and to match your natural teeth. Traditional full dentures are held in place by forming a seal with the gums whereas the internal surface of the overdentures has attachments that correspond with the jaw implants for a perfect fit, preventing it from moving or slipping. The main difference between dentures and implant overdentures is stability.

What are the situations in which overdentures are required?

Overdentures are a more secure alternative to traditional dentures and considered by most as more comfortable. As they fit into dental implants they stay secure once placed in the mouth. If you have a few natural teeth left and your jaw bone is sturdy enough then overdentures a better option for dentures as they provide retention and stability while also being easily removable.

Who are implant overdentures suitable for?

If you are already wearing conventional dentures but find they do not feel comfortable, overdentures would be the ideal solution for you. The jaw implants provide a solid foundation for the dentures to connect with providing a stable fitting so that the overdentures truly work like real teeth. However, implant supported dentures require a sufficient density and thickness of the residual jaw bone so that the dental implants can be secured properly.

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Benefits of implant overdentures

Implant overdentures improve the appearance of your smile while supporting the jaw structure of your face, around the cheeks and lips. You do not have to suffer with loose fitting or wobbly dentures and the soreness they can create. Overdentures are secure so you can eat foods that require chewing, helping you to once again enjoy a varied diet. If your remaining teeth are causing you pain or are troublesome you can replace them with an implant retained overdenture thereby improving your overall quality of life. Overdentures give you strong beautiful teeth that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

How do implant overdenture work?

As is implied by the name, overdentures are anchored by dental implants, which a permanent fixture to the jaw bone. There are a couple of ways that a fixed implant supported overdenture can be attached or stay connected such as with the abutment-based attachment method or bar retainer which includes attachments such as ball shaped magnets or resilient studs.

The first step for implant supported overdentures is to insert the implants into you jaw, which can either be a clip, ball or bar, depending on your requirement. These are what snap the denture into place and keep it stable and comfortable.
The actual process of attaching the implants to the jaw is relatively straightforward, with screw type implants being inserted. The implants are left to meld with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This process can take several months, after which the abutment or connector is attached to the implant and impressions are taken. Overdentures are usually done on the lower jaw, as the upper jaw has fewer issues with dentures fitting securely. However, it is possible to have implants on both upper and lower jaws if necessary.

Why choose us to get your implant overdentures done?

If you are looking to regain your smile and improve the quality of your life, our experts have the experience, up to date knowledge and technology, to ensure you a professional implant overdenture experience that will be life changing.

Mouth Dental

With a base of over 9,000 private dental patients, Mouth Dental is a multi-clinic practice based at South Quay and Churchill Place in Canary Wharf as well as Nine Elms SW11. Find out more below.

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What are the types of overdentures available?

There are three main options available and should be decided upon after consultation with your dentist.
Bar retained implant supported overdenture which is secured by clips onto a customised bar and is a removable overdenture
Ball retained implant supported overdentures, also a removable overdenture that is held together by a ball-shaped attachment that fits precisely into the denture socket.
Fixed implant supported overdenture, looks the most natural as it consists of one framework that is secured using screws, so it does not rest on the gums. This is a permanent option because they can only be removed by a dentist.

Are implant overdentures the right treatment for me?

If you are missing most of your teeth then this will be a good treatment for you. If you are experiencing problems with your existing teeth, then check with a cosmetic dentist if your teeth can be salvaged or if it would be better to extract them and opt for an overdenture.

How long does the procedure take?

Each person is unique so actual time can vary, but generally the entire procedure takes several months, from the tooth extraction to the actual custom dentures being placed.

What is the recovery period?

As before this depends on each individual from the time it takes the gum tissue to heal to the getting adjusted to the new dentures. You should be prepared for several months of recovery and always follow the advice and guidance of your cosmetic dentist to ensure recovery happens completely.

Can implant overdentures be taken out?

Yes they can be. However in the case of a fixed implant supported overdenture you will need the assistance of a dentist to gently unscrew the prosthetic as it is locked into place by screws.

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