Dental Implant FAQs
What are Implant-Supported Overdentures?
Implant-retained detachable bridges (or overdentures) are bridges built onto a metal sub-structure, supported by dental implants. A regular denture rests on the gums and isn’t supported by any implants.
Implant-supported overdentures are an option when a patient doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but there is enough bone to support implants. There are attachments on the implants that are used to secure the implant-supported denture.
How are they fixed in place?
Over-dentures are semi-fixed in place, meaning they will not come loose like standard dentures. There are several methods of fixing over-dentures to the supporting implants. In all cases the denture will be an acrylic base that looks like gums and will need at least two implants to provide the necessary support. The methods include:
- Fixing a bar into the over-denture that clips on to ball abutments
- ‘Snap On’ systems that can be released by applying a little force
- A ‘Push Pin’ release system
The benefits of Implant-supported overdentures
Implant-supported overdentures are more stable than a regular denture. It will be easier to speak and there will be a reduced risk of the denture becoming loose or falling out.
You can eat most foods with this type of denture – however your dentist will go over any limitations with you to make sure you can make the most of your implant-supported denture.
They are an excellent alternative if you have previously been told that you do not have enough bone for dental implants. Get in touch with DentalCarePlus today to discuss your options.