Implant Supported OverdenturesAt some point in your life, you may need dentures. Despite what some people seem to believe, dentures are not just for those in their retirement years. Sure, plenty of seniors need dentures, but dentures can be just as important for younger people. When you do reach a point where dentures are necessary, you’ll learn that there are actually a few different options to consider with your dentist before your dentures are created.

In this blog post, we are going to look at the differences between traditional dentures and implant supported overdentures. Each of these can potentially be a viable option depending on the patient and his or her specific needs. By understanding the difference between these two options, you’ll be better able to speak with your dentist about the right way to proceed in your case.

Some Background

In case you aren’t aware of how traditional dentures work, we are going to start with a quick explanation on that point. Basically, a traditional set of dentures is held in place by suction created between the gums and the base of the denture. Unfortunately, this is not always a successful plan. If the bone under the gums is insufficient, you may find that your dentures don’t fit quite right, and they don’t stay in place throughout the day. That is not an ideal solution, of course, which is why you may go looking for alternatives. While it’s possible to use something like an adhesive to encourage the dentures to stay in place, results are going to be mixed with that solution.

This is where implant supported overdentures come into the picture. Right away, you can tell from the name exactly how this type of denture works. An implant will be used to stabilize the denture, helping it to stay securely in place all day long, day after day. Mini-dental implants can be used to secure your dentures. While there is more work to be done in order to have implant supported dentures, the end result should be far more satisfactory – especially for those who have struggled with traditional dentures.

Plenty to Gain

When thinking about having any kind of oral health care procedure performed, the first question that comes to mind should be this one – what do I stand to gain? After all, if there isn’t anything to gain, it doesn’t make much sense to go ahead with the procedure. Fortunately, when talking about implant supported overdentures, there are many positives to consider.

For starters, there is the secure fit. This is the main selling point in most cases, as it is frustrating to have dentures which frequently move around in your mouth. Once your dentures are attached to your implants, you can expect them to stay firmly in place. Not only will you be more comfortable throughout the day as a result of your dentures staying nicely in place, but you will be more confident as well. If you’ve ever held back from smiling in public because you were worried about what your dentures might do, you can set those worries to the side once you have implant supported dentures in place.

Another great benefit is an improved ability to enjoy your food. If you have already been wearing traditional dentures, you know that they can significantly take away from the enjoyment of meals. There are some foods you simply can’t eat because they require too much chewing force. Also, wearing a traditional denture may mean that the roof of your mouth is covered in plastic, taking away from the otherwise enjoyable taste of a delicious meal. Opting for implant supported dentures may help you enjoy eating your favorite foods once again.

A Couple Options

Within the category of implant supported overdentures, there are a couple of options – removable and non-removable. Again here, the name tells you everything you need to know. Removable overdentures attach to your implants but can be taken out during certain times of the day, such as when you sleep. On the other hand, non-removable overdentures stay in your mouth around the clock. If it does become necessary to have them removed for some reason, the work can be done by a dentist.

The Notable Drawback

While there are a lot of positive things to say about implant supported dentures, there is the one notable drawback that we need to address. Of course, that drawback is the need to have a dental implant or implants put in place. If you opt for traditional dentures, the process is pretty quick and easy. There is often no major work that needs to be done in your mouth, and you can have your new dentures in relatively short order.

The process is going to take longer when it comes to implant supported dentures. Having implants placed in your mouth is a significant operation, and there is a recovery time involved as well. Also, there is the additional cost of needing to go through this step before you can receive your dentures and put them to use.

So, is it worth it? Well, that is going to depend on the case. For many people, yes, going through the process of having implant supported dentures put in place will be the best available option. For others, it won’t be. As is so often the case, the right thing to do here is to talk to your dentist. Rather than making assumptions based on what you think would be best, talk it over with your dentist and come to a logical conclusion. Whether it turns out that traditional or implant supported dentures wind up being the way to go, you will have peace of mind that you have talked it over with a qualified and experienced professional.

At Lakeside Dental in Moses Lake, WA, we would love to help with your denture needs. To speak with our team about your situation, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us right away for assistance. Thank you for taking the time to stop by our blog, and we look forward to seeing you soon!