Implant Supported Overdenture

Implant Supported Overdenture

Implant-supported overdentures are a type of dental prosthesis that combines the stability of dental implants with the convenience of removable dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, which rely solely on suction or adhesive for retention, implant-supported overdentures are anchored by dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. This innovative solution offers numerous benefits, including enhanced stability, improved chewing efficiency, increased comfort, and reduced risk of bone loss.

Implant-supported overdentures provide a more secure and reliable option for tooth replacement, restoring oral function and aesthetics while promoting long-term oral health. This transformative treatment improves the quality of life for individuals with missing teeth. It enhances confidence and self-esteem by providing a natural-looking and stable solution for a complete smile. 

The Implant-Supported Overdenture Procedure 

Initial Consultation and Treatment Planning 

The process begins with an initial consultation with our oral surgeon in Huntersville, NC. The patient's oral health is assessed during this appointment, and treatment goals are discussed. Advanced imaging techniques such as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) may be used to evaluate jawbone density and plan the optimal placement of dental implants. Our oral surgeon at The Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants works closely with the patient to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to their unique needs and circumstances. 

Implant Placement Surgery 

Once the treatment plan is finalized, the surgical phase begins. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia or sedation to ensure patient comfort. The number and location of implants will vary depending on factors such as the patient's bone density, the condition of the remaining teeth, and aesthetic considerations. The implants are carefully positioned to provide optimal stability and support for the final prosthetic restoration. 

Healing and Osseointegration 

Following implant placement, a healing period is necessary to allow the implants to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue through osseointegration. This integration is essential for the long-term stability and success of the implants. During this healing period, temporary prosthetic options may be provided to maintain function and aesthetics while the implants heal. The length of the healing period varies but typically takes several months. 

Final Prosthetic Placement 

Once osseointegration is complete, the final prosthetic restoration can be placed. Abutments, which are small connector pieces, are attached to the implants to provide a secure anchor for the overdenture. The overdenture, custom-designed to fit the patient's mouth comfortably and aesthetically, is then securely affixed to the abutments. The oral surgeon ensures proper fit and function, making necessary adjustments to ensure patient comfort and satisfaction. Contact us today to learn more! 

The Benefits of Implant-Supported Overdentures 

Enhanced Stability and Comfort 

One of the most significant advantages of implant-supported overdentures in Huntersville, NC, is their enhanced stability compared to conventional dentures. Traditional dentures rely on suction and adhesive creams to stay in place, often resulting in slippage or discomfort during speaking or eating.

In contrast, implant-supported overdentures are anchored securely to dental implants surgically placed into the jawbone. This anchorage prevents movement or shifting of the overdenture, providing a secure and comfortable fit that feels more like natural teeth. 

Improved Bone Health and Facial Structure 

Tooth loss can lead to bone resorption, where the jawbone deteriorates over time due to lack of stimulation from tooth roots. This can result in a sunken facial appearance and compromise the fit of traditional dentures.

Implant-supported overdentures address this issue by stimulating the jawbone through the implanted titanium posts, promoting bone growth and preserving facial structure. By maintaining bone density, implant-supported overdentures enhance the smile's aesthetics and provide a more stable foundation for the denture, ensuring long-term comfort and functionality. 

Restored Functionality and Bite Force 

Individuals with traditional dentures often struggle to eat certain foods or speak clearly due to limitations in bite force and stability. Implant-supported overdentures overcome these challenges by restoring a more natural biting and chewing function.

With the implants acting as sturdy anchors, patients can enjoy a broader range of foods, including tough or crunchy items that may have been off-limits with traditional dentures. Additionally, implant-supported overdentures improve speech clarity, allowing individuals to communicate confidently without worrying about denture slippage or discomfort. 

Increased Confidence and Quality of Life 

The most transformative benefit of implant-supported overdentures is their positive impact on patients' confidence and self-esteem. Unlike traditional dentures, which may feel insecure or uncomfortable, implant-supported overdentures provide stability and security, allowing individuals to smile, laugh, and socialize without hesitation.

y restoring the smile's form and function, implant-supported overdentures empower patients to live life to the fullest, free from the limitations imposed by tooth loss or ill-fitting dentures. 

Maintaining Implant-Supported Overdentures 

  • Patients should brush their overdenture and gums with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Interdental brushes or floss threaders can be used to clean around the implants and under the overdenture. 
  • Routine dental visits are crucial for monitoring the health of the implants and prosthetic restoration. The oral surgeon will assess the fit of the overdenture, check for signs of inflammation or infection, and provide professional cleaning as needed. 
  • Patients should refrain from biting on hard objects or using their teeth to open packages, as this can damage the prosthetic components and compromise the stability of the overdenture. 

Implant-supported overdentures offer a lifelike solution for individuals seeking to restore function and aesthetics following significant tooth loss. Visit The Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants at 9713 Northcross Center Court, Suite 100, Huntersville, NC 28078, or call (704) 875-8833 to learn more about implant-supported overdentures and how they can transform your life.


9713 Northcross Center Court, Suite 100,
Huntersville, NC 28078

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