Overdenture

What is an overdenture?

An overdenture is a removable denture that is secured to dental implants. Overdentures are designed for people with no teeth in their jaws. Overdentures are supported by a metal bar inside them or by spheres attached to two or four implants.

What are overdentures for?

Overdentures are designed for toothless patients. If you have no teeth, you should consider overdentures, as it has become the most sought after solution by patients around the world.

Overdentures are supported by two, four or more implants. These increase the stability of the dentures and look very natural. People who use conventional removable dentures are replacing them with this more effective and much more comfortable fixed solution.

Why consider overdentures?

Overdentures are designed for toothless patients. If you have no teeth, you should consider overdentures, as it has become the most sought after solution by patients around the world.

Overdentures are supported by two, four or more implants. These increase the stability of the dentures and look very natural. People who use conventional removable dentures are replacing them with this more effective and much more comfortable fixed solution.

Overdentures are fixed and don’t wobble. They allow you to increase your quality of life, with better nutrition and better appearance. You will no longer have a problem with dentures that wobble when you talk. And you will no longer need glues and adhesives. You will be able to smile, talk and eat confidently.

What types of overdentures are there?

There are various types of bar- or ball-retained overdentures. They can be removed for cleaning. The attachments allow the overdentures to be removed, cleaned and reattached.

How much does a denture cost?

You should take into account the price of various required treatments, such as the ones described below, as well as additional, optional costs:

Possible additional costs related to your overdenture treatment

  • Tooth extraction: 29.60 to 50 Euros (complicated impacted wisdom teeth removals are not included)
  • Temporary removable denture: 220 Euros (the patient uses this denture during the integration period)
  • Bone graft or sinus lift (if necessary)

Required costs

CT scan: 60 Euros per jaw

Two dental implants: 400 x 2 = 800 Euros (includes anaesthesia, suture removal, healing cap)

Four dental implants: 400 x 4 = 1600 Euros

Overdenture (fixed denture) per jaw with two implants: 1000 Euros

Overdenture per jaw with four implants: 1000 Euros

TOTAL WITH TWO IMPLANTS FOR ONE JAW: 1960 EUROS

TOTAL WITH FOUR IMPLANTS FOR ONE JAW: 3000 EUROS

Overdenture treatment stages

The overdenture treatment has different stages. These stages are the same for most patients and cannot be ignored or skipped. These stages are described below so you can better understand this treatment.

Stage 1

The first stage includes teeth extractions, if necessary. In some cases where there is an associated infection, the extractions are performed some time in advance. If there are no infections, the teeth are extracted and the implants are placed on the same day. Once this procedure is complete, it will take the implants attached to the bone a few months to be fully integrated. This process takes three to four months.

 It is very important to respect the recovery period, during which the jaw bone cells will surround the titanium screw. This is known as the healing period.

Stage 2

A healing cap is placed once the implant is integrated into the jaw bone. This cap should remain in place for a few days in order to shape the gums. After this time, we remove the healing cap and make a model of your mouth. This model is cast in plaster and sent to the dental laboratory.

You need to try on your dentures, so there will be some appointments where you will choose the size of the teeth, as well as the colour and shape that best fit your face. Before you leave, we’ll give you instructions on how to maintain and care for your denture.

Benefits of denture stabilisation

  • It enhances comfort because you won’t have sore gums.
  • Improves speech and confidence.
  • It is a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Sometimes it is possible to adapt your removable dentures.
  • No more glues and adhesives.
  • It stops bone loss caused by the lack of teeth.
  • It makes your face look younger.

Am I eligible for an overdenture treatment?

Most people are eligible for treatment with dental implants. If you’re a healthy person, you are surely an excellent candidate for this treatment. People with systemic diseases, such as diabetes and others, are also eligible for this treatment. The individual evaluation of each case by the dentist is very important; after this evaluation, the dentist will advise you on the best option to replace missing teeth.

People who are strongly committed to a good oral hygiene are good candidates for overdentures.

It is necessary to evaluate the amount of bone available in your jaw. That’s why the dentist asks for a panoramic x-ray and a 3D CAT scan. With these tests, the dentist evaluates your case and decides whether or not there is need for bone grafting or a maxillary sinus lift.

Overdenture options

There are many fixed options to replace teeth. For example, if you want to fix your denture, we’ll place two implants in your jaw. Two implants are not enough for the upper jaw, so we place at least four implants.

Take a look at the pictures of some possible options. Talk to our dentists and they’ll find the best option for you.

The importance of overdenture hygiene

Hygiene is extremely important when it comes to preserving your treatment for many, many years. You need to clean the implants and the dentures on a regular basis. Use soft toothbrushes and rinse your mouth with water or pharmaceutical products. Use dental floss around the implants. Immerse them in water and clean them with a soft toothbrush. Clean your overdentures every day.

VitaCentre Medical Reference- Reviewed by VitaCentre Dental Clinic Staff on August 17,2018