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 prescribed 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 partial and fully edentulous patients regain a quality of life, which most likely has been missing since they lost their teeth.
Benefits of Overdentures
PROMOTES BETTER DIGESTION:
Poor fitting dentures are often held in by using 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.
SLOWS BONE LOSS BY STIMULATING THE BONE IN YOUR JAW:
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.
HELPS RETAIN YOUR FACIAL FEATURES AND STRUCTURE:
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.
DENTURES WORN ON THE UPPER AND LOWER JAW ARE MORE COMFORTABLE:
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.