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Implant Overdentures - Dr. Jonathan Penchas Has Examined Studies That Show a High Success Rate and Advantages over Long Period
Date:1/2/2013

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) January 02, 2013

The International Journal of Prosthodontics, a leading dental journal, has compiled studies of the success rate of implant overdentures. They found 17 of every 1,000 implants in the lower jaw are at risk of failing after 10 years. This is 98% success over ten years - and the most successful use of an implant in the human body.

Overdentures are dentures that are held securely in place with dental implants. The exact number of implants required can vary from patient to patient. The overdenture is constructed in such a way that it is able to snap firmly into place, but can be removed for cleaning. As with any system there are overdentures advantages and disadvantages which need to be taken into consideration before deciding if this is the right course of action for the patient.

The Problems with Conventional Dentures
Many people struggle with wearing conventional dentures, and will often simply leave them out completely because they move around too much. This is often a real problem with lower dentures, especially amongst people who lost their teeth some time ago. The problem can be worse with lower dentures because the bony ridge that used to support the teeth will gradually flatten off as the years go by. Once the tooth roots are removed the bone in this ridge doesn’t receive sufficient stimulation to keep it healthy and strong, so it slowly reabsorbs. It can be embarrassing to deal with dentures that slip, especially if this occurs in public. It can make eating and speaking difficult, and denture adhesives are often ineffective and messy.

The Advantages of Overdentures
In comparison overdentures offer superior stability, allowing a greater choice of foods to be eaten, leading to improved nutrition and overall health. They can restore someone’s confid
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