For patients who are missing most or all of their teeth, our team may recommend dentures instead of crowns or bridges as a replacement solution. Implant overdentures is the latest in dental technology to improve chewing, talking and other functions for denture wearers.
Overdentures are similar to full dentures except they actually attach to the implant posts which makes them stronger and more stable. As someone with regular dentures will tell you, they are known to move occasionally. With overdentures, the dentures are securely held in place by the implants.
A big benefit of implant overdentures is that it will help retain the shape and structure of your jaw bone. The loss of jaw integrity is a common problem among regular denture wearers, but not with overdentures since the implant connects to the jaw, acting like real teeth roots.
All On 6 Dental Implants
Many people ask about the “All On 4” implant procedure. At 1st Family Dental, we recommend the “All On 6” approach which combines implants and overdentures, or fixed bridge, for an affordable, long-term solution to missing teeth.
All On 6 is a technique where the dentist will install six dental implants in the strongest parts of your mouth and then attach the overdentures to those six implants. If you were using traditional implants to replace an entire set of teeth, it would typically require about 12 implants, bone grafting for the jaw, and about 6-9 months for the mouth to heal before overdentures could be installed. With All On 6, the implants are placed and temporary dentures are installed in one visit, and permanent dentures are ready within a few weeks.
While many dental offices perform All on 4, our specialists recommend and perform the All on 6 approach because it’s a better long-term solution for the health of your mouth and jaw, and also creates more stability for the overdentures.
Implants in 3 Easy Steps
1. Implant Placement
The dentist places the implant surgically in the upper or lower jaw. A “healing cap” is placed over it to protect it. Sometimes, bone grafting may be required either before or during implant placement.
2. Healing & Osseointegration
Implants are so strong because the bone in the jaw actually grows around the implant, anchoring it into place and accepting it as a part of the bone. This is called osseointegration and is a critical step in the implant process.
3. Tooth Replacement
The dentist will have a custom crown, bridge or denture made to fit your mouth and implants.
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If you are missing one or many teeth and want to learn more about your tooth replacement options with dental implants, contact us today. The first step is a 100% free consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.