If you’re missing all of your teeth in the upper or lower jaw, a permanently anchored dental implant bridge or a removable prosthesis, which is connected to two or more dental implants, the right solution for you. This is called an overdenture. This type of overdenture remains in place more firmly than a conventional removable prosthesis.
Advantages of implant-supported full bridges and implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures:
Reduced bone loss: Implant-supported full bridges and dentures will replace some of your tooth roots, therefore help to save the jawbone. Dental implants bond with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact. With conventional dentures, bone slowly starts to disappear, and over time it may have an impact on the shape and form of the jaw. Over years, the denture may need remodelling so that it fits the changing shape of the jaw.
Improved function: Dental implants become part of you as they integrate completely with your jawbone, restoring chewing and biting function. The result is increased comfort and confidence when eating and speaking. With bone loss it become increasingly difficult to stabilise the denture and causes the denture to move and slip. Irritation and inflammation are common among denture patients. The remaining bone may not be enough to protect the jaw nerves from the pressure of biting and chewing. This type of pressure may cause extreme pain and discomfort.
Improved dental hygiene: Dental implants like your natural teeth need just regular brushing, flossing and dental hygiene visits. The cement holding bridges in place can wear off, allowing bacteria to penetrate and cause decays.
No need for drilling and damaging health teeth: Implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth. Fixed bridges or removable partial dentures are dependent on support from adjacent teeth.
Improved dental hygiene: Dental implants like your natural teeth need just regular brushing, flossing an dental hygiene visits. The cement holding bridges in place can wear off, allowing bacteria to penetrate and cause decays.
Improved appearance: In the long term, implants can be more aesthetic and easier to maintain than conventional dentures. The loss of bone that accompanies conventional dentures leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile.
Implant Supported Denture Procedure:
Step 1: Dentist makes a small incision to access the jawbone. Dentist will then drill a small hole and insert the implants, which look like screws. The incision is closed, and 3 – 6 months is given for the bone and implants to bond together. This process is called “osseointegration”. During this period, your dentist will prepare temporary tooth replacements that are purely cosmetic.
Step 2: For a permanently anchored dental implant bridge, several dental implants are installed to form a good foundation. Because the dental implants are anchored in the jawbone, they stimulate the bone tissue and help to maintain healthy bone levels and facial structures. An overdenture involves installing two or more dental implants that will be used as a secure foundation to attach the prosthesis.
Step 3: The abutments are attached to the dental implants and the bridge is fitted in place. All dental work is performed according to your prerequisites and wishes. For the overdenture, either ball abutments or a small bar between the abutments are used. The prosthesis is fitted with corresponding devices underneath.
Step 4: The dental implant bridge, or the overdenture, is now in place. It looks and functions like normal teeth. You can now eat whatever you like and laugh without having to worry about the prosthesis falling out.