Imagine dentures which you can secure in your mouth like press studs? Well, amazingly you can! They are called overdentures.
Overdentures will be attached/supported by your dental implants. Our highly trained and skilled dental team will assess your current dental health, and will advise you of all the suitable options to meet your needs.
Why would you need Overdentures?
- If you are missing or have lost all of your teeth.
- To support your existing dentures.
- To re-build your confidence.
- To improve your speech.
- To make eating easier.
Benefits of Overdentures
Overdentures could be the right option if you:
- Require a dental solution at a lower cost.
- Want a securely fitted denture that will allow you to eat and chew as normal.
- Don’t want to not have a bone graft, but want the benefits of dental implants.
How long does the Overdenture treatment take?
Like all dental implant treatments, treatment times will vary from case to case, we will give you a good idea during the initial consultation, but treatment can be completed in as little as 3-4 months.
What will the procedure involve?
Once the initial consultation has finished, the overdenture procedure will involve:
Initial Diagnostic Stage
We will take impressions and x-rays of your jaw, to produce an exact study model
If required, a CT scan will be taken to help diagnose and visualise your jaw 3 dimensionally. This will allow your dentist to identify and assess where the sinuses and nerves are, and if there is enough bone for the dental implants to bond with.
Depending on your current dental health, any other treatment that is required will be completed before the dental implants are placed eg:
Removing tooth decay
Polish and scale
Replacing of any failing restorations
Using the initial CT scan and x-rays, the dentist will place the implants into the jawbone.
The placement of the dental implants can be done under IV (intravenous) sedation or local anaesthetic. Prior to starting your chosen treatment, you can discuss this with your dentist and decided what will be best for you.
The implants will need to heal and integrate with the jawbone, before the next appointment can take place. The process will normally take around 3 months and during this time the patient will be fitted with temporary dentures.
After the 3 months (on average) healing period, we will start the restoration of the implants. You will have local anaesthetic as a healing abutment will be placed onto the implants, to form the connection between them and the overdentures.
The temporary dentures will then be disposed of and the new overdentures will be fitted.
We will then show you how to take care of your new overdentures.