Dental Implant Overdentures
There are several options available for restoring missing teeth, such as bridges and dentures. While these fixtures are somewhat effective at restoring the function and appearance to your smile, the most stable and long-lasting tooth replacement option is dental implants. You can find this treatment at Rancho Dentistry in Rancho Cucamonga.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small metal, usually titanium, posts that are inserted directly into the jawbone. This requires a surgical procedure, after which the implants are given time to fuse into the bone. Once they are completely fused, a dental implant overdenture is fixed to them to restore the function to the smile.
Benefits of overdentures
Dental implants essentially act as tooth roots once they have completely fused into the jawbone. Because of this, they are much more stable than bridges or dentures, which often sit on the gum line and can become loose during use. Overdentures have additional benefits as well.
- Promotes better digestion: Because overdentures are more stable than conventional dentures or bridges, they allow you to chew your food more thoroughly, aiding your stomach in breaking down food more efficiently and absorbing more nutrients.
- Prevents or slows down bone loss in the jaw: When teeth are missing, the areas of bone below the empty spaces becomes susceptible to resorption, or shrinkage. Overdentures stimulate these areas of missing teeth to either slow or even stop this process.
- Helps retain your facial features and structure: Bone loss (resorption/shrinkage) can cause the distance between the nose and chin to shrink, giving your face a “sunken-in” or prematurely aged look.
- More comfortable than dentures or bridges: Overdentures don’t require any adhesives – they’re entirely stable on their own.
Types of overdenture treatment
There are three types of overdentures to treat both partially and fully edentulous patients: implant-retained, gum supported; bar-retained, implant-supported; and fixed, implant-supported.
Am I a candidate?
You will need a complete evaluation at Rancho Dentistry to determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants. Your dentist will also be able to recommend the best type of treatment for you. Make an appointment with us in Rancho Cucamonga for a highly effective tooth restoration solution.