Too many people who have conventional dentures don’t wear them for the simple fact that they don’t stay in place. Dental implants offer a way to keep dentures in place and allow you to go about your daily life with confidence.
There are several problems that arise from having traditional dentures such as
- having them fall out easily,
- not being able to chew or speak properly and
- having the jawbone deteriorate from a lack of occlusal forces on the jawbone.
These are just some of the drawbacks associated with having dentures as a tooth replacement method.
For several years now there has been a new solution known as dental implant overdentures, also known as all-on-4 dental implants. These are a great option for people who can not afford to have multiple dental implants inserted but want the benefits that come from dental implants.
What Are Dental Implant Overdentures?
Dental implant overdentures are essentially a cross between dentures and dental implants, exactly as it’s name implies. So instead of holding the dentures in place with some sort of bonding gel, dental implant overdentures are secured by attaching them to several titanium posts that are implanted directly into the jawbone.
To hold an entire arch of artificial teeth in place typically requires anywhere from 4 to 8 titanium implants. This can be accomplished because the implants are placed at specific angles giving the denture implant more stability once it is attached.
Once they are inserted into the jawbone and fuse properly, a specially made denture can be easily attached and removed from the implants. This gives the wearer full functionality of their new arch of teeth, unlike traditional dentures.
Benefits Of Dental Implant Overdentures
There are several advantages that people experience when they get dental implant overdentures instead of traditional dentures. These advantages include:
#1 Promotes Better Digestion
Poor fitting dentures are often held in by using adhesives. Overdentures utilize dental implants, so they are more stable than adhesives. Improved stability allows you to chew food more thoroughly, helping your stomach break down food more efficiently, and absorb more nutrients.
#2 Slows Bone Loss By Stimulating The Bone In Your Jaw
Whether your overdenture is retained by remaining natural teeth or by dental implants, it will continue to stimulate your jaw bone when you eat/chew. This stimulation will slow or even stop the resorption (shrinkage) process that is natural when teeth are missing.
#3 Helps Retain Your Facial Features And Structure
The natural process of resorption (shrinkage) that occurs when you have an unhealthy or under-stimulated jaw as a result of missing teeth can, throughout time, cause the distance between your nose and your chin to shrink. This shrinking can make your face look “sunken-in” and prematurely aged.
#4 Dentures Worn on the Upper and Lower Jaw Are More Comfortable
When your overdenture is retained with implants it fits more securely than one held in with only adhesives. This fit also increases the stability of the overdenture reducing or even eliminating, unnecessary movement during chewing and talking. This lessens the instances of sores and embarrassing dislodgement.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Dental Implant Overdentures?
When it comes to replacing an entire arch of missing teeth, dental implant overdentures are clearly the best choice when compared with individual dental implants or traditional dentures. The most ideal candidates for dental implant overdentures are:
- People who need to replace an entire arch of missing teeth that want more stability than what is offered by dentures
- People who need to replace multiple missing or damaged teeth that can’t afford to pay for multiple individual dental implants
Many dentists and periodontists now offer this solution for people who are missing multiple teeth. Some are even able to complete the entire process in one sitting, allowing people to walk in with not teeth and leave with an entire mouth of fully functioning teeth. This, however, is rare and in most cases the entire procedure, including healing time can take several months.
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