The first recorded use of dental implants was by the ancient Mayans in 600 AD. Since then, dental implants and the technology surrounding this treatment has significantly evolved. Today, dental implant therapy is considered the premiere treatment option for people with missing teeth.
Dental implants are small titanium anchors that are permanently placed into your upper and/or lower jaw bone. Throughout time, the implant integrates with your bone and acts very much like your natural tooth root in your jaw bone. This integration not only creates a stable foundation to attach single and multiple teeth or dentures to, it also slows bone loss because it is acting like a tooth root in your bone.
Implant therapy is for people that have one, multiple or all of their teeth missing. People with multiple or all of their teeth missing typically have complete or partial dentures; this treatment option is called Overdentures. Overdentures are replacement teeth retained by dental implants. Overdentures were developed to help both those missing some or all of their teeth (already wearing dentures) regain a quality of life, which most likely has been missing since they lost their teeth.
The benefits of overdentures including better able to eat and enjoy the foods you love, slows bone loss, helps retain facial features and structure and the teeth stay in place.
Poor fitting dentures are often held in by using messy adhesives. Overdentures utilize dental implants, so they are more stable than adhesives. Improved stability allows you to chew food more thoroughly, helping your stomach break down food more efficiently, and absorb more nutrients.
Whether your overdenture is retained by remaining natural teeth or by dental implants, it will continue to stimulate your jaw bone when you eat/chew. This stimulation will slow or even stop the resorption (shrinkage) process that is natural when teeth are missing. The natural process of resorption (shrinkage) that occurs when you have an unhealthy or under-stimulated jaw as a result of missing teeth can, throughout time, cause the distance between your nose and your chin to shrink. This shrinking can make your face look “sunken-in” and prematurely aged.
When your overdenture is retained with implants it fits more securely than one held in with only adhesives. This fit also increases the stability of the overdenture reducing or even eliminating, unnecessary movement during chewing and talking. This lessens the instances of sores and embarrassing dislodgement.
Overdentures offer a variety of advantages as compared to conventional dentures. While some of these advantages are purely cosmetic, all of these can affect your quality of life, making you happier and healthier.
With a consultation, Dr. Yates can evaluate and discuss the treatment option that is right for you. The end result will be more natural and functional, long-term teeth.