Removable Implant-Supported Dentures

Losing teeth is a serious issue that has many effects on your life. Moreover, the more teeth you lose, the worse the effects become. Tooth loss affects your abilities to eat and speak, making both incredibly difficult. When you cannot properly chew, your digestion and nutrition suffer. The quality of your smile decreases, causing your confidence to plummet.

Tooth loss also affects the health of your jawbone, leading to bone loss and a change in the shape of your jaw. The lower part of the face shrinks, which can cause the skin on your face to sag, which can then lead to wrinkles. Over the years, dentures have been the best treatment to replace missing teeth. However, dentures have several significant disadvantages that are unappealing to most. At California Dental Care, we can provide you with an alternative to traditional dentures with overdentures.


Using Implants to Support Dentures

Nowadays, we recommend dental implants as a solution for replacing missing teeth. This incredible treatment uses small titanium posts to support your replacement teeth. The posts are surgically inserted into a patient’s jawbone. During the healing process, the bone fuses to the posts in a natural process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts, turning them into replacement roots that then hold your new teeth securely in place.

Implants are a very versatile treatment that can replace a single tooth or several teeth. They can also be used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, with a restoration often referred to as overdentures or implant-supported removable dentures.

Replacing an Entire Arch of Teeth with Removable Implant-Supported Dentures

Overdentures are a treatment used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, whether it is the upper arch or the lower arch. Before oral surgery, any unhealthy teeth that are remaining in your jaw must first be extracted. Oral surgery is done under a local anesthetic as well as sedation, which helps you to relax during your procedure. In order to expose the bone underneath, small incisions are made in your gums. Next, holes are drilled into the bone, and your posts are placed directly inside. Finally, the gums are sutured closed, and temporary teeth are placed.

Replacing an Entire Arch of Teeth with Removable Implant-Supported Dentures

Healing from your implant surgery can take up to several months to complete. During this time, we monitor your progress to make sure that your bone is fusing properly and there are no complications. When you have fully healed, we then begin the process of making your final dental restorations.

Options for Removable Implant-Supported Dentures (Overdentures)

There are a few different options for Removable Implant-Supported Dentures overdentures. These include:

  • Implant-supported dentures. These are the typical overdentures. This treatment uses 6 to 8 implant posts to support your arch of replacement teeth. The restoration is screwed into place on the posts.
  • Bar-retained dentures. This treatment uses only four implant posts, which are connected by a titanium bar, and is sometimes used when you do not have sufficient bone mass in your jaw. Your replacement teeth are made to clip into place on the bar.
  • All on 4. The All on 4 is a common treatment for replacing an entire arch of missing teeth suitable for patients with not enough bone mass in the jaw. Rather than undergoing a bone graft, four posts are strategically implanted into your jaw. The teeth are then screwed into place on the posts.

Benefits of  Removable Implant-Supported Dentures (Overdentures)

Overdentures provide several significant benefits. These include

  • They look much more natural. The restorations, made from ceramic, perfectly imitate the properties of natural tooth enamel.
  • They help regain normal functions of the teeth, so the patient can speak and eat normally.
  • Incredible comfort. Since the teeth are supported by implants and not gums, there is no pressure on the gums and no uncomfortable denture sores.
  • Ease of care. It is easy to brush and floss dental implants, just like natural teeth.
  • The implant posts restore stimulation to your jawbone, stopping and preventing bone loss. Implants are the only treatment that provides this benefit, preserving the integrity of your jaw.

Removable Implant-Supported Dentures (Overdentures) provide you with an incredible, long-term solution for replacing an entire arch of missing teeth, allowing you to avoid treatment with traditional dentures.