Many people who wear removable dentures aren’t very satisfied with them. They experience a range of problems from embarrassing slippage to painful sores on their gums and from lowered chewing efficiency to difficulty in articulating their speech. Most importantly, removable dentures do nothing to prevent the bone loss that always follows loss of teeth. Given time, this bone loss leads to facial collapse, a condition that can interfere with your overall health.
How Implant Overdentures Can Help
Implant overdentures are dentures that are anchored into the jawbone with dental implants. The implant itself is a titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone, taking the place of a tooth root. As it heals, the body draws more bone-creating minerals to the area, integrating the implant. Once it is healed, the implant will, along with others, be strong enough to support a denture. The drawing to the left shows a denture arch supported by six implants. And it is possible to support a denture with as few as two implants.
Implant Overdentures Prevent Bone Loss
By imitating natural tooth roots, implants prevent the bone loss that can lead to facial collapse. Of course, replacing every or every other tooth with a dental implant would be the ideal remedy, but for many, the cost is prohibitive. So it’s important to know that even with a few dental implants, the jawbone can be preserved enough to prevent facial collapse. And if you have already experienced some bone loss, the surgeon who places your implants can graft more bone onto the jaw, making it possible to not only support an implant now, but preserve more of the bone in the future.
If you would like to learn more, click here to read our dental implants page. And if you’re ready to find out what treatment might work best for your individual situation, call our office for an appointment.