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:
- 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.
Before Treatment Begins
- An initial consultation will be required to examine your teeth, gums and bone structure.
- An x-ray will be taken, which will provide your dentist with further information about what is going on behind the teeth. Sometimes a CT scan will also be used, visualising 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.
- We will take impressions to produce an exact model of your teeth for creating your custom made dentures.
Depending on your current dental health, it may be necessary to complete other treatment that is required, before the dental implants are placed. Example of common treatments required before implants are:
- Gum disease treatment
- Tooth extraction
- Removing tooth decay
- Scale and Polish
- Replacing of any failing restorations
- Oral surgery to restore bone reduction, of sinus lifts
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. Local anaesthetic will be given before the temporary dentures are removed and the new over dentures fitted.
At this time, you will be shown how to take care of your new over dentures at home.