Overdentures

The affordable transformation


What is an Overdenture implant solution?

  • An implant-supported overdenture is a type of denture that is simultaneously supported by dental implants that have integrated into your jaw bone as well as resting onto your gums. A conventional full upper denture rests only on the remaining ridge and gums, so it is not supported by any dental implants which is why they are frequently very loose and uncomfortable.
  • An implant-supported overdenture is used when a person no longer has no teeth in their jaw but has enough bone remaining in their jaw for dental implant placement. An implant-supported overdenture has special attachments built into the denture that ‘snaps’ onto the implants that are within your mouth.
  • Traditional lower dentures are very loose, often falling out and cause many problems. An implant supported denture is more stable and secure. You generally will be able to eat foods that you would not attempt before, but you do still need to avoid chewing anything too hard or sticky as they can still damage the overdenture.
  • If you have an implant supported overdenture in your upper jaw, it can be made to cover less of your palate (roof of your mouth) than a traditional denture. This is because the dental implants are holding the overdenture in place rather than the suction created between the traditional full denture and your palate.
  • Depending on the jaw bone available, overdentures can be supported by just 1 implant, in most cases 2 implants and if the bone allows it, an optimum outcome would be 3-4 implants

How does it work?

There are two types of implant-supported overdentures:

  • Bar-retained: A thin metal bar follows the curve of your jaw that has been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture then sits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
  • Locators/Ball attachments: Each implant in the jaw holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment that is within the denture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped (“male” attachments) and they fit into sockets (“female” attachments) on the denture.

The denture will be made of either a chrome or acrylic base that will be designed to look like natural gums. Acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are then fused to this base to restore your smile.