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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

ence in dealing with social situations, as there is no longer any chance of dentures slipping around, or even worse, falling out. Overdentures can be much more comfortable to wear as there is less chance they will rub and irritate the gum tissue.

If they are used to replace upper dentures then patients will often find their enjoyment of food increases, as upper overdentures don’t cover up the palate. In addition the presence of dental implants will help preserve more of the remaining bone in the jaw.

They do need removing every day, as it is important to clean the overdenture, and to thoroughly brush around the implants to remove the build-up of food and plaque. Brushing the gum tissue helps to stimulate circulation, keeping it healthy. This is no more than is required for maintaining a traditional denture and a mouth that doesn’t have implants.

When comparing overdentures advantages and disadvantages it would appear that the advantages will always outweigh the disadvantages, but there are other aspects of this treatment that do need to be taken into account. It does require a small surgical procedure, and patients do need to make sure they clean the implant site thoroughly to avoid infection and to minimize the extremely small risk that the implants may be rejected.

Planning for an Overdenture
Before treatment can begin, the doctor will need to decide whether or not the patient is suitable for dental implants. This will mean having a CT scan and x-rays so a full assessment of the jaw bone can be made. These scans also enable the doctor to accurately plan the implant placement. Sometimes it may be necessary to have an additional surgical procedure such as a bone graft before the implants are placed.

Implant surgery is a relatively routine procedure, but the patient may experience some discomfort for a few days afterwards. The level of discomfort depends on the number of implants and their position. Some types of implan
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