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Creating a secure and stable smile

Overdentures are supported by multiple dental implants, able to replace a full arch of upper or lower teeth to improve your smile.

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What are overdentures?

Overdentures consist of removable dentures secured firmly in your mouth using dental implants. Unlike conventional dentures, they will not slip or move when you speak or eat and help boost your confidence with a solid smile.

Combining overdentures with dental implants provides the perfect solution to a number of issues, especially if you struggle to eat or speak effectively due to ill-fitting dentures or have bone loss in your jaw. If bone loss is present, overdentures help prevent this furthering, with the implants providing support to the surrounding bone structure.

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What does the treatment for overdentures involve?

The treatment for overdentures can be completed in as little as 3 to 4 months, but this will vary from patient to patient. We provide you with a more accurate assessment of the treatment time during your initial consultation, along with a decision on which type of implant configuration will be most effective for your needs and lifestyle.

The treatment will then involve the following stages:

Diagnostic stage:

In order to produce a replica of your jaw and create a plan for the procedure, X-rays and impressions will be taken. If required, you will have a CT scan to enable the dentist to create a 3D computer model of your jaw. This will establish if there is enough bone to have the implants and also map out the location of your sinuses and nerves so they can be avoided during the treatment. We supply you with temporary dentures to wear during the initial stages of the treatment.

Adjustment stage:

If you require any other treatment before the implants are inserted it will be completed at this stage. It could include extracting any severely damaged or decayed teeth, replacing failing fillings or restorations, gum treatment and removing decay from any remaining teeth.

Implant placement:

Intravenous or local anaesthetic can be used during the placement of the dental implants into your jawbone. This will all be pre-arranged at your initial consultation. After they have been placed, the implants will need time to heal and to allow the bone to attach. Typically, this can take 3 months. During this time, you will be able to wear the temporary dentures so that your day to day life is not dramatically affected.

Final fitting:

After three months, we will start to fit your permanent smile. In order to create a connection between the overdentures and the implants, a healing collar is placed onto the implants under local anaesthetic. Your newly created custom dentures will then be fitted and we will give you advice to ensure your overdentures remain clean and comfortable for years to come.

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