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Implant Supported Overdenture

Implant Supported Overdenture

An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants.

An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn't need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

How Does It Work?

1) Surgical Placement: Two or Four implants are placed in the jaw (Picture 1). These implants will typically be allowed to heal for several months.

2) Prosthetic Option: Following healing, the tops of the implants are uncovered.

3) Restoration - Part I: A metal framework is then cast and screwed onto the abutments (Picture 2).

4) Restoration - Part II: The overdenture is made. This is an implant supported overdenture which can easily be removed by you at home for cleaning. It attaches to the metal framework via clips or snaps, making it more stable than a conventional denture (Picture 3).

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Disclaimer: Overdenture images on this page are courtesy of Colgate®

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