Why Choose Implant Overdentures?

Jul 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Dental Implants, Fresno Dental Implants, Fresno Dentures

implant overdentures on older womanMany patients who receive traditional dentures often have the same complaints. Dentures can easily create friction against your gums, causing uncomfortable irritation and mouth sores. Because they are only held in place with gravity and an adhesive, they can shift or create a clicking sound when eating or talking, which can be an awkward experience. Furthermore, caring for dentures can be time consuming.

Fresno, CA dentist Dr. Claudia Denes recommends implant overdentures for patients who want a stable, comfortable, and lasting tooth replacement option. Implant overdentures, also known as implant-retained dentures, are secured to dental implants surgically inserted into your jawbone. Unlike traditional dentures, implant overdentures will not shift when wearing them.

If you’re interested in receiving implant overdentures, contact our office today at 559-297-1294 to schedule an appointment with Fresno, CA dentist Dr. Denes.

What Are Implant Overdentures?

Also referred to as implant-retained dentures, implant overdentures are a type of restorative device attached to dental implants designed to replace significant tooth loss in the upper or lower arch. Dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone to provide the most stable repair possible. An implant-retained denture is an effective way to regain function and appearance. Missing teeth can be an embarrassing condition to deal with. Extensive tooth loss can prevent you from smiling confidently and often makes basic dental functions, such as eating or talking difficult. Dr. Denes attaches your prosthetic teeth to the secure implants once your surgical procedure has completely healed.

Depending on the type of implant-retained denture chosen, it can be designed as a fixed or removable device. Just as you would care for your natural teeth, your device should be properly cleaned to avoid food from getting trapped. An unclean overdenture can lead to infection and gum disease.

What Are Dental Implants?

Before an implant-retained denture is placed, Dr. Denes surgically imbeds dental implants, biocompatible titanium screws, into your healthy jawbone. In order to be a viable candidate for dental implants, you need a strong jawbone to support the screws. This is a surgical procedure; therefore in order to be considered for this treatment, you need to be fit for surgery.

Once the implants are secured, the titanium base will merge with surrounding structures through a process known as osseointegration,in order to become a permanent part of your mouth. Dental implants can be used as a base for dental crowns, bridges, and overdentures. The healing process takes roughly three to six months. Once your bone has healed, Dr. Denes will attach your dentures to the implants. A full arch overdenture generally requires the placement of at least four to six dental implants; however some patients require more. After a consultation and examination with Dr. Denes, she will determine the number of dental implants needed to properly support your implant overdentures.

Pros of Implant Overdentures

Implant overdentures are securely attached to the implants, providing patients with a permanent and more comfortable replacement. You never have to fear your device slipping or falling out of place. When affixed to implants, your overdenture completely restores your dental function, allowing you to eat and speak with ease.

Compared to traditional overdentures, implant-retained dentures are easier to care for. Dentures demand proper care in order to maintain optimal function, health, and appearance. Dr. Denes recommends that you remove your overdentures after each meal and rinse them under clean water. Each night, you should brush your dentures and implants to keep them clean. Flossing is important for the maintenance of an implant-supported denture. You should floss around your dental implant to remove built-up food particles. This will keep your implants clean and prevent you from developing bad breath or gum disease.

Contact Our Office

If you have additional questions about implant overdentures or want to know if you’re a viable candidate, schedule an appointment with Dr. Denes today in Fresno, CA by calling 559-297-1294.

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