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An implant overdenture is a type of denture that is attached to implants for enhanced support and stability. A regular denture normally rests on the gums without any support by implants.
Traditionally, regular dentures made to fit the upper jaws are sufficiently stable on their own. They do not usually need any additional support to keep them firmly in place. In the lower jaw, however, some people find regular dentures to have less adhesion and the tongue muscle tends to dislodge the prosthetic teeth from time to time. A limited foundation is also a common cause of the problem.
What are overdentures?
These are a newer alternative to regular dentures, which combine the conventional denture technology with new improvements in dental implants.
Two attachments are implanted to the front part of the lower jaw. An overdenture is then able to securely sit in place, instantly increasing stability, its retention and most importantly comfort.
An implant overdenture is generally used when a person does not have any tooth in the jaw but has enough jaw bone to support the implants. Implant overdentures have special attachments that snap onto corresponding attachments on the implants.
You might prefer to have a permanent (fixed) crown and bridgework in your mouth with an implant overdenture. In such a case, be sure to seek your dentist’s recommendation which will be based on consideration of your specific needs and preferences before settling on either a fixed or removable option.
Even though implant-supported overdentures are by tradition made for the lower jaw because normal dentures tend to be less stable there, you can have an implant overdenture in either of the jaws – upper or lower.
Just as with regular dentures, implant overdentures require regular cleaning. You should remove your implant overdenture daily to clean it as well as to massage and clean the gum area. You should avoid wearing the overdenture while sleeping at night.
Overall, an overdenture tends to provide the most effective, long-lasting and satisfying alternative as far as full dentures for the lower jaw are concerned. When considering a complete denture for your lower jaw, be sure to discuss an implant overdenture option with your dental professional.
At Direct Denture Care, we offer Implant Overdentures. Contact us for a free quote or to make an appointment for more information.