Implant overdentures are a type of denture that is supported to and attached with implants. A regular denture does not do this and simply sits on your gums where this type of denture is attached to surgically implants supports. This type of a denture is only used when a patient does not have any teeth in their mouth, but does have enough jaw bone left to make use of the implants. This type of denture has special attachments that snap directly onto the implants themselves.
These types of dentures are usually only made for the lower jaw because traditional dentures do not always fit correctly or stay in place on the bottom jaw. The upper jaw does not seem to have any many problems as the bottom jaw. Traditional dentures can be used on the top jaw in conjunction with the lower implant supported dentures. However, if you are more comfortable with implanted dentures on the upper jaw, they can be placed as long as you have enough bone in the upper jaw to do so.
If you do have implant overdentures, you should remove them each and every day to clean the gums and the dentures themselves. If you do not properly care for your gums once the implants are placed, you can suffer from gum disease that occurs around the base of the titanium posts. As with traditional dentures, you do not want to sleep with them in your mouth as they can pose problems and you may choke on them. Some people do like to have a fixed crown or bridge attached to the implant that cannot be removed. If you would like to discuss this option, let Dr. Bien know when you come in for an appointment.
How Do Implant Overdentures Work?
There are two main type of implant supported dentures to choose from and that includes ball retained and bar retained. No matter which option you choose, you will receive an acrylic base that attaches and holds the dentures and it is made to mimic the gums. Acrylic or porcelain teeth that mimic natural teeth will be attached onto the base. To receive these types of dentures, you will need at least two implants for proper support.
Ball retained dentures or stud attachment dentures are when there is an implant into the jaw bone that holds an attachment that fits in with another attachment that is present on the denture. Usually, these attachments are shaped like a ball and will fit into a socket.
Bar retained dentures include a small and thin metal bar that will curve and follow along your jaw and it is attached to the implants that are surgically implanted. A clip or attachment is used to lock the denture into place via the bar. The denture will fit over the bar and clip into place.
What to Expect
All of the implants will be placed into your jaw bone, typically at the front of your mouth. The reason for the placement is because the front of the jaw tends to have more bone available even after the teeth have been extracted or lost. The front area of the jaw does not contain as many nerves as the rest of the mouth either.
It can take a lot of time to complete the entire process and it simply depends on several factors. The shortest amount of time for the procedure to be completed is five months for the lower jaw and seven months for the top jaw. However, it is most common for the procedure to take up to a year or more for the entire thing.
Often, you will need to undergo two surgeries total. The first surgery will actually implant the post into your jaw bone and the second procedure will expose the implant itself. It is possible to have both procedures done at once, but you need to speak with Dr. Bien to ensure you are a good candidate to have the procedure performed at the same time.
Your Consultation with Us
Before you can have implant overdentures, implanted in your mouth, you first need to come into our Fremont office to receive a consultation. If you do not, then you cannot have the procedure performed. It is vital to your health that you receive this consultation because you may injure yourself if the procedure is performed when it should not be.
Dr. Bien will perform an initial examine and take some x-rays to ensure you have enough bone in your jaw for the procedure. If your teeth have not yet been extracted, they will need to be before the procedure can begin. Temporary dentures will be fitted to your mouth to make sure they feel comfortable and when they do, a permanent set will be created for you.
If you come into our office to have a consultation and you find out that you are a good candidate, we can schedule you in for the appointment. Sometimes, no dentures need to be made and you will be able to move faster through the process.
However, if you are told that you are not a good candidate for the procedure, you have a couple of options. First, Dr. Bien can speak with you about a treatment plan that will prepare you for the procedure. This may include sinus graft, bone graft, extractions, gum disease treatment, and the like. Once all of this is done, then you may be a likely candidate to have the procedure performed. Your second option is to simply choose another available option such as dentures or correcting the teeth with crowns, etc.
If you would like to speak with Dr. Bien, call Greenhills Dental today to schedule an appointment in our Fremont dental office. We want to improve your smile!