I’ve got a dental bridge which is coming loose. On top of that, my teeth have been a constant source of struggle for me for years. I’m thinking about getting dental implants but don’t know if implant overdentures are a better option. Can you point me in the right direction?
I will say up front I’m a big believer in saving all the healthy tooth structure you can. However, if you have to replace teeth, dental implants are the top of the line replacement for your teeth. They’ll be like having your own healthy natural tooth structure back.
When it comes to removing all your teeth there are some considerations.
Implant Overdentures versus Dental Implants
When you’re talking about dental implants, this places a titanium or zirconia prosthetic tooth root in the place of the natural roots of your teeth. After a healing period, then dental crowns will be placed on each implant.
If you’re talking about saving your other teeth and replacing the teeth from your dental bridge with dental implants, that’s very do-able. However, if you’re talking about removing all your teeth and replacing each of them with dental implants (while a wonderful replacement), unless you’re independently wealthy it would cost you a fortune.
In that case, your better option would be implant overdentures. These are a great option in that it gives you the benefit of dental implants without the very high cost of implanting every tooth.
Instead, you would place about four to six dental implants and anchor the dentures to them. It’s more affordable, but secures your dentures and protects you against the very worst side effects of completely removable dentures known as facial collapse.
Before making any decision, make sure you have a consultation with a highly experienced implant dentist.
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