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Implant Retained Overdentures

Denture wearers often describe dentures as uncomfortable, painful, loose and rely on large amounts of fixative products in order to function for both speaking and eating. In order to maintain good general health, it is important to eat a healthy diet, and denture patients will often report many challenges associated with wearing dentures.

Dental Implants can be used to help stabilise dentures, making them more comfortable, reducing the movement, removing the embarrassment of the uncomfortable and loose denture, and increasing a denture patient’s functional ability to speak and eat.

It’s important to note that the suitability of implant-retained dentures may vary depending on individual factors, such as jawbone health and overall oral condition. It is best to consult with a qualified dentist or prosthodontist to evaluate your specific needs, call our team today to check your suitability.

This has been life changing for many of our patients and is most often used on the lower jaw, as this is the denture patients struggle with the most.

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The Procedure differs slightly from other implant options

Initial Consultation: Your dentist will examine your oral health, take dental impressions, and conduct imaging tests (X-rays, CT scan) to assess your jawbone structure and determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants and an implant-retained denture.

Implant Placement: During a surgical procedure, dental implants are placed into the jawbone. The number of implants required will depend on your specific case, but typically, two to six implants are used to support an implant-retained denture.

Healing and Integration: After implant placement, a healing period is necessary to allow the implants to integrate with the jawbone. This process, called osseointegration, usually takes a few months. During this time, a temporary denture may be provided to restore your smile and function.

Abutment Placement: Once the implants have fully integrated, abutments (connector pieces) are attached to the implants. The abutments protrude above the gumline and provide a secure connection between the implants and the denture.

Denture Fabrication: Your dentist will take impressions of your gums and the abutments to create a custom-made denture. The denture is designed to fit snugly over the abutments, providing stability and support.

Denture Placement: Once the final denture is ready, it is attached to the abutments and securely snaps into place. Your dentist will ensure that the denture fits comfortably and functions properly. You can remove the denture for cleaning and maintenance.

Advantages of Dental Implant-Retained Dentures

Improved Stability reduced movement: The dental implants provide a strong foundation for the denture, preventing slippage or movement. This enhances your ability to bite, chew, and speak confidently, without the worry of the denture shifting.

Enhanced Comfort, Reduced denture related sore and ulcers: Implant-retained dentures are more comfortable than traditional dentures since they don’t rest directly on the gums. The pressure on the gums is reduced, minimizing sore spots and discomfort.

Increased Chewing Efficiency: With the improved stability of implant-retained dentures, you can enjoy a wider variety of foods and chew them more effectively. This allows for better digestion and overall nutrition.

Preservation of Jawbone: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, helping to prevent bone loss that commonly occurs with missing teeth. This preserves the integrity and structure of the jawbone, maintaining a more youthful facial appearance.

Improved Speech: The stability of implant-retained dentures helps to improve speech clarity by eliminating the slurring or clicking sounds that can occur with traditional dentures.

Convenience and Confidence: Implant-retained dentures eliminate the need for messy adhesives or clasps used with traditional dentures. They provide a secure and hassle-free solution, boosting your confidence in social interactions.

Often we can reduce the denture bulk, by reducing the denture extensions as they no longer rely on the gums only for support and grip.