An overdenture is a full arch of false teeth secured by surgically implanted root forms. The implants act as anchors to hold the denture in place, helping them to fit better and feel more like your own natural teeth. The image below illustrates a full lower arch that is secured by several dental implants, but there are many possible configurations.
Anchoring dentures with implants helps to alleviate several of the problems inherent to traditional dentures. You will notice substantially less shifting while eating or speaking, which in turn reduces gum soreness caused by rubbing. Another benefit to this technique is that the implanted root forms stop the re-absorption of the surrounding jaw bone. Without implants, progressive re-absorption around the missing teeth will make it difficult or impossible for you to wear any sort of denture at all, and will eventually lead to facial collapse.
Overdentures with dental implants are a great choice to help prevent facial collapse while providing you with comfortable, stable dentures. As you might imagine, there are different techniques to placing an overdenture, and the hardware involved will vary from dentist to dentist and case by case.
If you would like more information about the options available to you, call our office at 313-885-9454 to schedule a complimentary consultation. You can meet personally with Dr. Patel for five to ten minutes to discuss whether you may be a candidate for overdentures with implants before you commit to a paid examination.