Implant overdentures are a full arch of replacement teeth supported by dental implants, or artificial tooth roots. The stability of your dentures helps them fit, feel, and look like natural teeth. Implant overdentures will make you feel like smiling.
Why Consider Implant Overdentures
- Improved function – Implant overdentures make it easier to speak with dentures. You won’t hear any clicking or popping noises that are common with complete removable dentures. The palateless upper denture increases your ability to taste food and enjoy eating. And your chewing efficiency and digestion will improve.
- Increased comfort – Dental implants support your dentures and prevent them from rubbing on and irritating your gums. Your dentures will feel comfortable and natural.
- Jawbone preservation – Tooth roots stimulate the jawbone. When all your teeth are missing, the bone begins to resorb, and eventually, your facial muscles will lack support. Implants are artificial tooth roots that stimulate the bone and help prevent facial collapse. Read our facial collapse page for more information.
- Reliable support – Your dentures won’t slip around, lift, or fall out. You’ll be able to socialize with confidence.
How Many Implants Will You Need?
Dr. Thomas stabilizes dentures with four dental implants. The implants are small titanium screws that he inserts in your jawbone. He will attach your dentures to them. Four implants are more stable than snap-on dentures, which are secured with two implants, and they are more durable than mini implants.
What’s the Process?
Before you receive implant overdentures, Dr. Thomas will review your medical and dental histories and evaluate your oral health. The following steps are involved:
- 3-D Cone-beam imaging – We capture an image of your oral anatomy, teeth, and bone volume to plan for and place the implant root forms accurately.
- Guided implant placement – Dr. Thomas makes an incision and uses cone beam 3-D imaging for guided and precise implant placement.
- Healing process – It takes a few months for your jawbone to fuse with the implants. But Dr. Thomas will attach temporary dentures to the implants. You’ll leave our office with a new smile.
- Follow-up appointments – We’ll schedule checkup appointments for Dr. Thomas to examine your implants and the area around them to ensure they are healthy and healing correctly.
- Permanent teeth – After the healing period, Dr. Thomas will attach your permanent dentures to the implants. He will check your bite and ensure you love the look and feel of your smile.
How to Care for Implant Overdentures
You will receive fixed implant overdentures, which means you can’t remove them at home. You can practice good oral hygiene with the following steps:
- Brush your denture teeth with an extra-soft toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleaner. Regular toothpaste will scratch your dentures.
- Use a water flosser. The pulsating water will wash away debris beneath your denture and around the implant fixtures.
- Keep your scheduled exam and hygiene appointments with us. We will ensure that your gums are healthy and your dentures and implants are functioning well.
What Results Can You Expect?
Dr. Thomas’s advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and implantology help him achieve predictable results. He has achieved fellowship status with the International Congress of Oral Implantology, the world’s largest provider of dental implant education. You’ll receive high-quality implants and a healthy, natural-looking smile.
Call us to schedule an appointment for an exam or request an appointment online.