Overdentures are a great option for people who have lost an arch of teeth and jaw bone density. Overdenture patients can have mini or traditional implants placed in their jaw. The overdentures then snap on over the implants for improved support for prosthetic teeth.
Overdentures are a very, very important phase of dentistry today. There are a lot of people out there, especially with lower dentures, who've lost a lot of their bone and they are trying to wear denture and the denture will not stay down. They have constant sore spots. They can't eat, their nutrition is poor. Their self esteem is pretty much not that great, because their teeth are flopping around in their mouth.
Overdentures are very, very important. What an overdenture basically is, it's a denture that actually attaches to something in the mouth, so the denture will stay down. It does not come up. It will be fixed into place. Originally, these were supported by remnants of teeth. There would be teeth left and we would put attachments into the teeth and make the overdenture stay in. With the advent of implants, we have a much better way of doing this.
Generally now, with most overdentures I would recommend the patient to have some implants placed in your mouth and then we place an attachment on the implant. Then attach it to their denture. The denture just snaps down and locks onto those attachments. Now the patient has a fixed type of appliance that they can eat on. It's not going to come bouncing out of their mouth. It's all the difference in the world. They are comfortable, it improves your self esteem. It improves nutrition. It's just a win-win all around.
Overall, not horribly, horribly expensive. It's just a tremendous, tremendous benefit for these patients who have really been suffering with an ill fitting lower denture do to a loss of bone in their mouth. It really can be a tremendous help.
There are two types of over dentures out there. Basically, mini implants are placed in the bone. They can get some retention right away from them. The problem with these types of implants is they really are not long lasting. It's not really a permanent solution. It does give them an immediate benefit. As far as for the long term, those will eventually fail. A better treatment option is to have standard implants placed that will immigrate and be in there, if taken care of properly and maintained, generally for the life of the patient. That in my opinion, is really the way to go for the long term.
Generally, depending on the patient and the bone or what needs to be done to get the implants in there, usually once the implants are placed, it's two to three months before we can attach to the implants. If the patient needs a graph, it could be longer. Again, it has to be looked at on a case by case basis as far as how long it takes to get treated for something like this. It could be a matter of a few months up to six months, depending on the patients unique situation.
If any patient who is suffering from an ill fitting denture wants more information about over denture dentistry, pick up the phone and give our office a call. We'll offer a complimentary consultation. We will evaluate your situation and offer you a treatment plan that is going to be best suited for your personal problem.