Overdentures


Tooth loss is an issue that affects every aspect of your life. Basic functions like eating and speaking become very difficult. Your smile suffers, and your confidence plummets. Tooth loss can also affect the health of your jawbone, leading to bone loss. The more teeth you lose, the greater the impact. At Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery, we can replace a full arch of missing teeth with overdentures.

What are Dental Implants?


Dental implants are a treatment for replacing missing teeth. This unique treatment involves the surgical placement of small posts, typically made from titanium, into your jawbone. Your bone then fuses to the posts, stabilizing them. This is a gradual process called osseointegration. The posts act as replacement roots that provide secure support for your replacement teeth.

Dental implants are a versatile treatment. They can be used to replace a single tooth, several consecutive missing teeth, or even a full arch of teeth. When you are missing a full arch of teeth, the typical implant solution provided is an overdenture.

Placing Your Overdentures


Placing overdentures requires surgery. The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic and sedation to help you feel relaxed and comfortable. Surgery begins with small incisions in your gums to expose your jawbone underneath. Next, we drill holes into your jawbone by your treatment plan. The implant posts are placed inside. Your gums are sutured closed around these posts. A small amount of the posts are left exposed above the gum line so that your replacement teeth can be attached. After surgery, temporary teeth are placed. These teeth are used until you heal.

It can take several weeks to several months to heal completely from implant surgery. Regular follow up visits are essential for us to ensure that you are healing properly and that your bone is fusing correctly to your implant posts. After you have healed, your temporary teeth are removed, and impressions are taken. These impressions are used to design and create your final restorations.

Types of Overdentures


There are a few different types of overdentures. We can help to determine the best type to use based on a thorough examination of your mouth. Common types of overdentures include:
•  Implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures are one of the most common types of overdentures. This solution uses 6 to 8 implant posts to support your replacement teeth. Your teeth are secured into place on your implant posts using small screws.
•  Bar retained dentures. Bar retained dentures are a solution that may be recommended if you are missing too much bone mass in your jaw for an implant supported denture. With this treatment, four implant posts are used. A titanium bar is attached to these posts. Your teeth clip into place on this bar and are removable for cleaning.
•  All on 4 treatment concept. The All on 4 treatment concept is another treatment used when your jawbone is too weak for a regular implant supported denture, helping you to avoid a bone graft. This treatment uses four strategically placed implant posts. Much like an implant supported denture, your teeth are secured onto the posts with small screws.

Overdenture Benefits


There are many benefits associated with overdentures, including:
•  Restoring the quality of your smile.
•  Feeling and functioning just like your natural teeth.
•  Restoring your abilities to eat and speak normally.
•  Improved digestion and nutrition.
•  Improved oral health.
•  Protecting the health of your jawbone. The posts restore stimulation to your jawbone, which stops and prevents bone loss in your jaw.

Overdentures and dental implants replace your missing teeth and greatly improve your overall quality of life. Call Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery today at (208) 994-6227 for more information and to find out if overdentures are right for you.

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