Implant Overdenture in Delray Beach, FL
If you are suffering from pain due to advanced gum or periodontal disease, those teeth may have to be extracted. In this case, if you have a tooth (or teeth) that may not be salvageable due to decay or periodontal disease and are too painful to deal with, an overdenture might be the best choice for you. This of course will be determined by you and your dentist once your options have been laid out for you.
What is an overdenture?
It is a prosthetic that fits over both existing, natural teeth and two or more implants that have been placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw. This prosthetic has a “snap” feature that is placed over the implant to ensure a snug fit when snapped together. This overdenture is typically placed by your oral surgeon.
What is the benefit of an overdenture?
The unfortunate truth is that there are many dental patients who do not like to wear their regular dentures due to the fact that they may not stay in place as often as the patient would like. With an overdenture, the patient experiences a more stable solution. A few benefits to the overdenture are:
- Implants secure the denture
- The overdenture is known for long-term durability due to implants having one of the highest success rates of any implanted surgical device
- Helps preserve the bone and reduces deterioration
- Helps preserve facial contouring to prevent premature wrinkles
- Allows the patient to speak more clearly
- Improves chewing
- Eliminates the need for messy creams and adhesives
What is the cost of an overdenture?
Just like most medical procedures, the cost of each individual treatment varies from patient to patient. There are plenty of variables that go into the entire treatment process. You will have an opportunity to sit with your dentist so that your goals and expectations are met. Once you and your dentist have decided on a course of action to take, the price of your overdenture will be revealed.
What is the procedure for an overdenture?
On your first visit, your doctor will begin with a series of records taken with a thorough review of your medical history. Your needs will be discussed with the doctor and an individualized treatment plan will be tailored to your needs. Once you have agreed to the treatment, the next appointment made is typically surgery day. When you arrive for your surgical appointment, your oral surgeon will talk to you and go over briefly once again what to expect and make sure that if you have questions, they are answered thoroughly.
At the start of surgery, existing teeth may be extracted and the placement of implants will begin. After the extractions are made, the implants will be placed. Once implants have been placed, the healing time will typically take 3-6 months. How quickly the healing process takes will be largely based on how well the patient complies with the doctor’s recommendations, as well as their overall health.
The next stage of the overdenture treatment will begin once your doctor determines that the implants are completely stable. The patient will test a series of overdentures and decide which one looks best for them. Once the patient chooses the best fit, the next appointment will be the fitting of the new prosthetic denture.
Am I a candidate for an overdenture?
If you have missing teeth, only your doctor will be able to determine and recommend the correct treatment plan catered to your individual dental needs. With the recent advancements in dental implant technology, an overdenture might just be a great option that will work for you.
If you have further questions about overdentures, or if you want to schedule an appointment to meet with a dentist regarding an overdenture in Delray Beach, please call us at 561-404-4078 or visit our contact page for more information. We look forward to helping you achieve your most beautiful, healthy smile!