Overdentures are a popular alternative for people who want the convenience of dentures but the stability of dental implants. Here are some of the most common questions we hear about this unique implant-supported prosthesis:
What is an overdenture?
An overdenture is a type of denture that is supported by dental implants. It is also referred to as an implant-supported denture, snap-on denture, or clip-on denture.
How many implants do snap-on dentures use?
In most cases, snap-on dentures use two to four implants for support. Fewer implants are needed because the denture is simply stabilized, rather than permanently anchored in place.
Are implant stabilized dentures expensive?
Implant stabilized dentures can be relatively expensive compared to traditional dentures, but the cost may vary depending on the number of implants used and the individual’s specific needs.
What does an overdenture look like?
An overdenture may look similar to a traditional denture, but it has special attachments that connect to the implants for additional support. The locators in these attachments may need to be replaced every now and then, as they can wear out. Each one corresponds to a dental implant in your mouth. Otherwise, your denture looks like any other conventional “plate.”
Are implant stabilized dentures removable?
Yes, implant stabilized dentures are removable. They can be taken out for cleaning and maintenance. Like traditional dentures, overdentures need to be removed at night whenever you go to sleep.
What other alternatives are there?
Other alternatives to implant stabilized dentures include traditional dentures, dental bridges, full-arch and individual dental implants. The most suitable option will depend on an individual’s specific needs and preferences, as well as their oral health and the number of missing teeth they have. It is important to consult with a dental professional to determine the best option. Most of our patients prefer permanent “all on” options, as they are more durable and feel more like natural teeth.
Do you offer financing for dental implants?
Yes. Each of our dental implant patients receive a customized treatment plan before the treatment is even scheduled. You’ll be able to see a breakdown of the fees, what your insurance is expected to contribute, and a choice of payment plan options.
What type of dental implants are used for overdentures?
Depending on which implant specialist you see, most snap-on dentures use traditional dental implants. However, some providers may offer specialized implant designs such as mini implants or zygomatic implants when there is not enough bone structure to install a traditional one.
You Have Choices
At Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery, we specialize in replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Not every type of dental implant system or implant restoration is right for everyone. At our Midlothian implant clinic, we can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option to identify a plan that’s right for you.
If you’re considering a permanent implant option or want to talk to an implant expert about your options, it’s time to give us a call!