Implant Supported Overdentures in Somerville, MA

Implant-supported overdentures offer a sophisticated solution for individuals seeking improved stability and functionality from their dentures. Unlike traditional dentures, which are removable and rest on the gums, implant-supported overdentures are anchored securely to dental implants surgically placed within the jawbone. 

Smile Dental Group’s implant-supported overdentures transform smiles and lives in Somerville, MA, combining the latest dental innovation with personalized patient care.

What Are Implant-Supported Overdentures?

Implant-supported overdentures are a type of denture that gets support from and is attached to implants. They are used when a patient doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw but has enough jawbone to support implants.

The denture holds onto these implants through different mechanisms, ensuring the denture doesn’t move inside the mouth, which makes chewing and speech feel more natural. Implant-supported overdentures are also less likely to need adhesives or cover as much tissue in the mouth, making them more comfortable for most patients.

Types of Implant-Supported Overdentures

Ball-Retained Overdentures

These feature sockets in the denture that snap onto ball-shaped implants, providing stability and support.

Bar-Retained Overdentures

Utilizing a thin metal bar attached to the implants, these dentures are secured in place with clips or other attachments for enhanced stability.

Locator-Retained Overdentures

These involve implants with corresponding attachments on the denture that lock into place, allowing for secure retention and easy removal for cleaning.

Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures

Sometimes referred to as hybrid dentures, these are permanently fixed in place using dental implants, offering a natural and comfortable feel.

All-on-4 Overdentures

This technique involves attaching a full arch of prosthetic teeth to four strategically placed dental implants, providing a stable and durable solution for edentulous patients.

What Is the Process of Getting Implant-Supported Overdentures?

1. Consultation

The first step is to have an initial consultation with your dentist or dental implant specialist. They will examine your oral health condition, discuss your needs and preferences, and decide whether you are a good candidate for implant-supported overdentures.

2. Treatment Plan

If you are considered suitable for the procedure, your dentist will prepare a detailed treatment plan. The plan may include X-rays, CT scans, and impressions to make a model of your mouth.

3. Tooth Extraction

If you have any remaining teeth in the jaw where the overdenture is to be placed, they must be removed before dental implant surgery.

4. Implant Surgery

The dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Afterward, the surgery is typically followed by a healing period of a few months, during which time the implants fuse with your jawbone.

5. Denture Fabrication

While your implants heal, your dentist will work with a dental lab to create your custom-made overdenture.

6. Abutment Placement

 Once your implants have healed, abutments — the pieces to which the denture will attach — are placed on the implants.

7. Overdenture Placement

When your custom overdenture is ready and your mouth has fully healed, the overdenture is secured onto the abutments.

8. Adjustments

Your dentist will adjust the fit of your new overdenture to ensure comfort and proper function. You may need to return for several adjustments and dental check-up appointments.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Overdentures

  • Improved Comfort. Implant-supported overdentures are designed to fit in your mouth comfortably. They are not prone to slipping or moving around like regular dentures, which causes discomfort or even sores in the mouth.

  • Chewing Efficiency. The overdentures allow users to enjoy a wider range of foods as they offer a stronger biting force compared to traditional dentures.

  • Better Oral Health. With the support of implants, the bones and tissues in your mouth receive stimulation, preventing bone loss and promoting better oral health.

  • Durability. Implant-supported overdentures are durable and long-lasting. With proper care, they can last for many years.

  • Cost-Effective. Given their durability and reduced need for adjustments and replacements, implant-supported overdentures are cost-effective in the long run.

Get Quality Implant-Supported Overdentures at Smile Dental Group

At Smile Dental Group, we focus on transforming your smile and enhancing your quality of life with our implant-supported overdentures. Our dental office has the latest dental technologies and stands ready to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring a comfortable and streamlined experience.

Never settle for less when it comes to your dental health. Call us to set a schedule for your consultation.

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