Implant overdentures

What Are Implant supported dentures?

Implant-supported dentures, like conventional dentures, replace lost teeth. They are fastened to titanium implants that have been surgically placed into the jawbone.

These implants will then contain a clip or locator that connects to the denture, partial denture, or metal bar that holds the denture connections. The use of these implants for both upper and lower dentures is possible.

Instead of the denture or teeth being screwed down into the implants the denture is ‘clipped’ on to the implant via the use of a ‘locator’. This gives the denture a lot more stability. The denture is still able to be removed (with some force) which means greater accessibility for cleaning underneath the denture which helps to facilitate hygiene.

A video of how Implant Overdentures works:

Implant supported Dentures

Traditional dentures rely on the gums and a gum seal for support and retention. Many individuals have problems wearing these dentures and must rely on denture adhesives to assist and maintain them in place and prevent movement. Dental implants give a stable foundation for dentures, preventing them from slipping and flopping around. With dental implants, you will be able to speak and eat better with dentures that stay in place. Using dental implants to stabilise dentures provides a variety of advantages:
  • The denture is able to be reduced in size, and the flange of the denture shortened, meaning less bulk and the ability to taste better as it doesn’t full cover the palate/roof of your mouth.
  • Stimulates the jaw and helps preserve bone structure
  • Restores normal chewing, allowing for greater health and maybe a healthier diet.
  • You will avoid the expense and bother of dental adhesives.
  • Can boost your confidence and speech

Procedure sequence

At your first appointment we will meet with you and make sure you understand what is involved in the dental implant process. A thorough check of the implant site will be conducted to determine the best treatment option. We will also take X-rays and prescribe a 3D CBCT scan to plan your implant digitally.

At this appointment we will place the implants in the mouth. The dental implants will then be left to heal for around 3-4 months. During this period of time the bone slowly ‘fuses’ to the implant. This is painless procedure which is done under local anaesthetic. You generally do not feel any sharpness or pain during the entire process. For our more anxious patients, IV sedation is available and so is Nitrous oxide.

We will conduct a review around 1-2 weeks after the placement of the implants. At this appointment we will check to ensure the healing process is going smoothly and also to remove any stitches that may have been placed.

After 4 months we will ‘expose’ the implants. The implants are buried under the gum and as such, we make a small little incision to attach a healing cap so that it stick out above the gum. This allows us to attach the future locators to the implants which helps hold the denture in place.

At this appointment we insert the locators into the implants. These locators will support the future overdenture.
Impressions are taken and the process of fitting the overdenture to the implant begins. This may usually consist of 2-3 appointments for measurements.
Congratulations! At this appointment we will insert the overdenture and make sure that it fits your mouth and bite precisely. No more bulky and loose denture teeth!

One of the key advantages of implant-retained removable dentures is the ability to have a horseshoe-shaped top denture. With conventional dentures, the upper denture must have a plate that covers the entire palate, i.e., it must cover the roof of the mouth. This provides suction that maintains the denture’s position when speaking and eating. However, it also makes speaking a little weird and eating requires some adjustment. Furthermore it makes it harder to taste any foods well.

With a horseshoe upper denture, the dentures do not cover the palate, Implants make it possible to firmly retain the top horseshoe denture in the mouth. This means your food will taste the same, your tongue won’t have to adjust to something on the roof of your mouth, and you won’t experience the discomfort of something rubbing on the roof of your mouth.

Other benefits of full denture implants include

  • A confident smile will be easy for you
  • You don’t need to use denture glue
  • Avoid the embarrassment and frustration of slipping dentures premium dentures cost
  • You can eat anything you would like to

How much does implant-overdentures cost?

At Queensland Dental Implants, we pride ourselves on being completely transparent with our costs. For an accurate quote please book a consultation with one of our dentists to enquire more about your specific situation.