Many denture patients simply aren’t happy with removable dentures. In some cases, the dentures are causing all sorts of problems from hindering chewing to slipping or falling out at embarrassing times, causing painful sores, or giving the individual’s face a sunken-in look. Implant overdentures can help with all of these issues.
What is an Implant Overdenture
One type of implant overdentures is called a hybrid dental implant restoration because it is a cross between a fixed bridge and a denture. It replaces the missing teeth and also missing gum tissue. Hybrids provide increased stability, durability, and ultimately an improved quality of life.
You can see an example of a hybrid dental implant restoration as shown in the photographs. It utilizes eight dental implants for ultimate support. In this example, the appliance is supported entirely by dental implants. This ideal treatment solution means that there will be no tissue irritation because the tissue is not used to support it. The screws are hidden inside the teeth and secured inside the hybrid.
At the other end of the spectrum would be an implant overdenture secured by only two dental implants, as shown in this photograph. When only two dental implants are used, the back of the denture will be able to move up and down, but it won’t slide around in the mouth, it won’t come out at the wrong time, and it will preserve the bone support around the implants. While less stable than if four or six implants were used, it will be a vast improvement over a removable denture.
Keep in mind that Dr. Flax can customize the exact number of implants used, depending on your personal situation. He is exceptionally qualified in implant dentistry. In fact, very soon he will be certified for Mastership with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, as well as being recognized as an Associate Fellow with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. These impressive credentials mean that you can trust his recommendations when it comes to hybrid overdentures and dental implants. Dr. Flax will present all of the pros and cons and will never try to persuade you into any kind of treatment.
Implant Overdentures Prevent Facial Collapse
Another important benefit of using dental implants to stabilize your denture is that they will prevent facial collapse in the immediate area around the implant sites. Facial collapse is a debilitating condition that occurs in individuals that are missing all their teeth. The bone that was once used to support the teeth is lost. But when an implant is surgically implanted into the bone, there is a signal that is sent to the brain which prevents this from taking place. Individuals with facial collapse can be miserable. Excessive bone loss results in diet restrictions, poor self esteem, painful sores, and sometimes it can get to the point where there is no bony ridge left to even support a denture.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like more information about your options and to find out if you are a candidate for a hybrid dental implant restoration, schedule your complimentary consultation today by visiting our request an appointment page. You will be able to meet with Dr. Flax personally for 5-10 minutes to find out if you are a candidate.